Old 12-31-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Why did screeners judged this image "Poor Esthetic Quality" in your opinion? I've got some tips so I'm curious if you'll tell me the same...
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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It looks like a poorly lit picture of a sidewalk to me. The composure is also pretty uninteresting. Try getting closer to the track, and see if you can place more emphasis on the fact that there's a station there.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:14 PM   #3
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David,

I agree with what Nick said about getting closer to put more emphasis on the station. Maybe shoot from the other side of the walkway.

Also, one thing that helps shots like these is a caption. Explain to the screener what he is looking at. I assume that's a train streaking around the corner, but I can't be sure. Give us some details about the photo.

Lastly, I don't know if it's the monitor that I'm using, but the shot looks a little grainy and soft to me.

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Chris,

Indeed, it appears as if there is some grain in the uppper portion of the image.

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That's supposed to be a train?

Looks super grainy, like Chris and Chase have already discussed...
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:24 AM   #6
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Thank you all for replies. I'm not experienced photographer, so I welcome any suggestion to get better.

I intended to take picture of tram* standing in a stop and then going to far left and "back" to the centre of the picture again. If I had had a wider lens, it could have been clearer, but the 35-70/3.5-4.8 I took this photo with is the widest I have... See the photomap:
http://www.mapy.cz/#x=138181888@y=13...sition@ad=here
Camera position is shown by red mark and it's pointed to the south and slightly west.

I doubt if I can make my pictures much less grainy - it was taken with f/16 or f/22 (don't remember exactly ) to Kodak ISO 100 film. I had it ten developed and scanned to 2740x1830 resolution. I only scaled it down with Imagemagick to actual size afterwards. I did notice grain in scaled down image only in the sky in the center of image, but my 125DPI LCD could have hidden some of it. At original size, it's much more visible though - see the attachment.

* closely related type to Portland and Tacoma Astras BTW
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I forgot one more question: does the "barrel" distortion distract you? Could it be better, if I took the tram around central horizontal line and then cropped the railing?
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I forgot one more question: does the "barrel" distortion distract you? Could it be better, if I took the tram around central horizontal line and then cropped the railing?
There is a tram?

"Better," is hard to say, as it simply is an uninteresting composition and minor adjustments don't matter much. Sorry.
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