Old 11-05-2016, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Sunset - Poor Lighting (Dark)

I took the following image near sunset which was rejected for poor lighting (dark): http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...32&key=1236337

The settings used for the shot were ISO 1000, f 5.8, 1/200 sec. Unless people think there's a reasonable chance that I could make the image RP-worthy with some adjustments using photo editing software, I'm curious what adjustments to those exposure settings with this sort of lighting might have resulted in an image that might have been accepted on the site.

I also wanted to know if there would have been a feasible change that might have resulted in a more vivid glow in the sky without taking too much light away from the trains in the scene. My concern with a brighter exposure generally would be that I'd almost entirely lose the orange glow in the sky. I was also concerned that a higher ISO might make the image too grainy.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-05-2016, 01:25 AM   #2
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I think you did well with what you have - the sky is not blown out, the photo is not ultra-dark. With that being said however, rp simply doesn't seem to take shots like this that are in between, i.e. not a completely dusk shot and certainly not sunny.
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I like it, too.
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Old 11-05-2016, 04:40 AM   #4
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Agree generally with Michael. Have some comments on the composition. I understand what you are trying to do on the left, but I find what has turned out to be a solid dark bar down much of the left side to be off-putting, and i find the distant train to be much too tight to the left edge.

Also, while the shot was not rejected for going away, RP doesn't go for that, all other things equal, and that will be a conscious or subconscious negative in the mind of screener. An extra hurdle to overcome for RP purposes, and the blah light here doesn't overcome it.

Nothing wrong with a going away shot, but for RP that makes it harder to get on.
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:26 PM   #5
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I see two problems. One is composition, the two trains are too tight to the edges with way too much dead space in the middle and top. Sometimes all the catenary wire can be interesting enough to fill up dead space like that, but in this case it doesn't work for me. Secondly the lighting is pleasant but not particularly dramatic. If you had zoomed in more (but leaving more space on both sides) and waited until the two trains were closer it might have worked better. But you really needed something like glint, or perhaps a more dramatic sky, to make it interesting.
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Old 11-07-2016, 12:47 AM   #6
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It's a great spot. Wait for better sky conditions.

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Old 11-07-2016, 12:49 PM   #7
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I like the shot. Best I can suggest is bringing up the shadows to see if it brightens up the train.
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