Old 06-20-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Question Backlit shots - opinions please

I've done some intentionally backlit shots recently - other angles didn't work for me or were inacessible. With the first one, I've gotten usual "Poor lighting (Backlit)" reject - here. In this case I thought the composition and low sun could make the difference. I've put another shots to the attachments. The plow and tamper shots are already processed, the others are just batch-resized for the web.

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Old 06-21-2009, 12:14 AM   #2
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First three are poorly lit roster shots of equipment. Well, the first one isn't a roster. But I don't see them getting in.

The fourth is OK, but the foreground people are too important to be in shadow. By contrast, my shadowed trolley shot also has a lot of shadow, maybe more, but nothing of great importance is hidden. (It also isn't the greatest of shots. )

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The fifth shot is nice, a nice city scene, contrasty but appropriate to the time slot, may not get in though, we will see.
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:53 AM   #3
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Thanks Janusz. The fourth is also seriously underexposed, so I was interested just about composition/lighting for next time. What do you think about the rejected one?
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:38 PM   #4
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Thanks Janusz. The fourth is also seriously underexposed, so I was interested just about composition/lighting for next time. What do you think about the rejected one?
I happen to like it a lot - you can appeal, but I suspect this is just one of those shots that is nice but doesn't fit RP's preferences. You can also try BW.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:04 PM   #5
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I've done something different - I've darkened the sky and fine branches and I've wrote appeal-like comment for screeners about lighting. I've got three bad croppings now and I can't see how to re-crop it again:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=699254&key=0
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=699632&key=0
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=416299429

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Old 06-24-2009, 03:51 AM   #6
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I've done some intentionally backlit shots recently - other angles didn't work for me or were inacessible.

Thoughts?
I know the feeling
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:40 AM   #7
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Generally, early morning late evening backlit shots only make it in if you can get to the glint angle

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Odd Light needs something extra going on to make it work, The smoke and glint make's Stephen Dance's shot work or artful. One needs to work the light if one can.
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Odd Light needs something extra going on to make it work, The smoke and glint make's Stephen Dance's shot work or artful. One needs to work the light if one can.
Thanks - a slab sided diesel at that location in the same lighting would have looked good as well. I have a video in the queue of this train and there is a Class 67 diesel on the back which has corrugated sides - check out the HUGE glint off that.
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Video now online

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