Old 06-13-2010, 07:37 AM   #1
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In recent times, I have seena number of American photos of disused railways and thought I'd try one of my own. The Beaudesert Line hasn't been used for years but still has a crossing with lights and what not at Albert Street in Bethania (just off the Queensland Rail Beenleigh Line). Unfortunately, it got rejected for poor aesthetic quality and I'm not sure how this can be given the other similar American shots on this site ...

Actually, this first one, which I think has quite a bit of interest was rejected for backlit ...
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=823771&key=0

So I uploaded one looking the other way, which also has heaps of interest but not backlit ...
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=823921&key=0

Still, no luck. What are your thoughts?
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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Hi!

Like you I noticed that some North American shot were accepted but they had to be easy to situate geographically. Anyway, your pictures are not well composed to be graphically interesting: the subject is in center, there are wires... There are too many things that distract the viewer.

Maybe you should concentrate your eye on some element of design like texture, lines, etc. And also try to get a more 'simple' image.

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Old 06-13-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Hard to tell what they will take from day to day. We are in summer and gets a lot harder to get shots on. Your best chances to get a photo on would be a Wednesday as they get less photo's midweek. Nice Photo's don't get on because there nice but will if they think it will be something we will click on, it will get on. I Watched them from 04 on and Getting ROW shots without a train is never easy with out great light.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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Both shots are rather messy. The backlit one, the left side is distracting, the building wall is distracting. Might work better as a vertical (not for RP because of backlit, but in general). The other one, it is a real jumble, stuff all over the place. And the light is mid-day blah, all harsh, everything evenly lit. Except for the deep shadow under the bridge, and the eye tends to go there, not a good thing.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Just to sum up - go back and take the photo again sometime in the afternoon and crop out the wires (and maybe some other elements) to make a more simple (yet interesting) image. I'm referring to the second image only.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Just to sum up - go back and take the photo again sometime in the afternoon and crop out the wires (and maybe some other elements) to make a more simple (yet interesting) image. I'm referring to the second image only.
Maybe not just recrop, maybe reposition so as to change the nature of the composition. Right now it is a snapshot.
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Maybe not just recrop, maybe reposition so as to change the nature of the composition. Right now it is a snapshot.
More then that, being Backlit is not helping shot one, Looks like a reference photo that I shoot on a trip, grab and go.
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If you could stand anywhere (right, left, closer, further away) and any angle (high or low), what would your choice be from what you've seen in this photo?
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If you could stand anywhere (right, left, closer, further away) and any angle (high or low), what would your choice be from what you've seen in this photo?
Thats hard to say from a photo as you just see what in it. Maybe some will see more then I.
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A reference shot is kind of what I'm looking for. Arty farty just wouldn't be right here, I don't think ...
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I am thinking that you need a lot more interest in the shot. Maybe a bird, IDK.
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One guess - at a different time of day, get up on that highway bridge and shoot down onto the crossing. It becomes even clearer that there are rails on one side and grass on the other, and maybe from that angle you can eliminate distractions.
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