Old 12-23-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
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Woah woah woah, guys!

I understand that I was pretty adamant about getting this photo accepted:
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but reducing my allowed image uploads without giving me a warning first? Common now...

I also somewhat understand temporarily reducing my allowance due to your frustration, but my question is; is this temporary or permanent?

I actually feel kind of insulted, it's not like I'm submitting junk expecting it to get on, I select only what I feel are my best/most aesthetically pleasing shots. In fact I don't even submit often anymore, because I don't get out as much, so that makes me even more selective. /End Rant

Seriously though, even a brief explanation would be appreciated.

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Old 12-23-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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It's happened to many contributors that submit a bunch of material that doesn't meet protocol. In fact, new members only start out with a couple upload slots versus the ten you and I started with.

Personally speaking, I don't see how anyone needs more than a couple per day. I'd sell 8-9 of mine if I could.

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Old 12-23-2014, 02:45 PM   #3
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John, I had commented on your photo and said I liked it and I also like the fact that you took the comments and moved forward. When I followed your ink I noticed there were a number of A & M photos in a row. I can only guess that is where the problem lies in their mind. I posted two KJ F unit holiday train and they were different. I easily had another 10???? but....others had posted and ..........
I like to think of two's company, three's a crowd of photos of the same subject. I notice some well noted people on this site milk a particular subject but they spread them out over time so they are not bunched together. That might work better.
Even in that case tho when I see it again I just pass it by. Seen that, done that.
But I only have 49 photos to date so I am probably on the other side of the submission spectrum.
??????????????? anyway my take.


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Old 12-23-2014, 04:57 PM   #4
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Don't worry... I am probably running a 95% acceptance rate and I have two uploads.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:54 PM   #5
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It's happened to many contributors that submit a bunch of material that doesn't meet protocol. In fact, new members only start out with a couple upload slots versus the ten you and I started with.

Personally speaking, I don't see how anyone needs more than a couple per day. I'd sell 8-9 of mine if I could.

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Honestly, it's not even the number of uploads I get, but the principal of the thing...
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Same thing happened to me. Here's what you can try. It worked for me.

Give things a week or two to settle down (that way all of your rejected photos will fall out of the system). Then use the "Contact Us" link on the main page and send them a short and polite message asking why your submission slots were reduced. Chances are, they will bump them back up a bit. Maybe not back to 10, but more than 2. Anyway, like I said, that worked for me. Maybe it will you too.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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Honestly, it's not even the number of uploads I get, but the principal of the thing...
You're just as good or bad as the majority of contributors. No reason to let it bother you at all.

I would suggest a bit of advice though. There's no shot anyone has ever taken worth going through more than 1 rejection fix on here. If you fix it once and it's rejected again, it's their loss. I have no idea why people push themselves to borderline insanity over this place. So while I only have 1/1000th of my portfolio on here, I've yet to lose a wink of sleep over rejections. I cannot stress just how little care I have about whether or not I have photos on this site. And that is the key to getting enjoyment from being here.


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It's just their way of saying thank you.
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I guess I'll just let this one go then, rejected for "Hue."

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...23&key=8692535

Yeah, there's a bit of a hue, it's called late evening sun, it was taken about an hour before sunset. I've seen a TON of photos with identical coloration taken at the same time of day. It really doesn't make sense. I give up.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:55 PM   #10
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A bit of fiddling in photoshop got me this which I think is a bit closer to late evening hue
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I guess I'll just let this one go then, rejected for "Hue."

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...23&key=8692535

Yeah, there's a bit of a hue, it's called late evening sun, it was taken about an hour before sunset. I've seen a TON of photos with identical coloration taken at the same time of day. It really doesn't make sense. I give up.
Same advice as the other one- make it less greenish.
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I guess I'll just let this one go then, rejected for "Hue."

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...23&key=8692535

Yeah, there's a bit of a hue, it's called late evening sun, it was taken about an hour before sunset. I've seen a TON of photos with identical coloration taken at the same time of day. It really doesn't make sense. I give up.
Having been down this road in the past myself (desperately trying to get a shot on), I know you can lose perspective. It's natural.

That being said, it's very green - which is not late evening sun, at least not on Earth.

Get rid of the green and I think you have a keeper.
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I guess I'll give it another go. I reduced the green levels. I don't know why my photos keep coming out with this tint. Maybe it's time to upgrade my camera body...
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Same advice as the other one- make it less greenish.
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- Color (Hue): The hue (color cast) of the photo is poor; i.e. there is too much of a certain color throughout the image. Please see the screener comments field for suggestions on how this may be fixed.


His frustration would be reduced if the screener would do what is said in the rejection and told him to reduce the greenish tint. BTW, where is the screener comments field anyway?
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Nope, now they're rejecting it just to mess with me, I swear.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...04&key=8533321

I'm done.
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Look at the ballast. It's one of the first things I look at on my own shots. There's no definition in those rocks. It looks like mud. They're not messing with you. It's legit.
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Maybe I'm losing something in the save? I look at it on my screen and there is no grain, and the image is nice and crisp. The ballast has a lot of definition...

What am I missing? My save quality is set at the highest...
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How does this look? Am I still losing quality?
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The attached image looks much better to me than the rejected one.
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I can never see attachments in the forums, but if Mr. Pick says it's better, I believe him!
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I can never see attachments in the forums, but if Mr. Pick says it's better, I believe him!
Yup, the color looks correct now. But comparing the two, I don't see it any more or less sharper than the rejection (which looked fine in that department to me).
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I'm wondering if the ditchlight might be causing a problem with the screeners. The right one is burned in a bit too much. This happens with my slide film occasionally, but I didn't think it was as much as an issue with digital.

I'd offer some comments on the thumbnails, but like Joe, I can never get those to open either.

Loyd gives some very sound advice. I stop at one fix with rejects, sometimes none if the screener rejects it for a reason I figured they might. Bounced twice = something people will see in one of my shows some day, but not here. Life is much better that way.
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I'm wondering if the ditchlight might be causing a problem with the screeners. The right one is burned in a bit too much. This happens with my slide film occasionally, but I didn't think it was as much as an issue with digital.

I'd offer some comments on the thumbnails, but like Joe, I can never get those to open either.

Loyd gives some very sound advice. I stop at one fix with rejects, sometimes none if the screener rejects it for a reason I figured they might. Bounced twice = something people will see in one of my shows some day, but not here. Life is much better that way.
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Didn't want to bring it up but the ditch light blob is a killer for my own photos. Maybe ok in very low light but not daylight.

Disagree on the rejections, I don't post a lot but the ones I do are ones I like and want to see accepted, so don't like to give up easy.
Maybe when I get better at it, and have 700 instead of 49 I will not have to work on it but until them..................



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Well, it did get in. And I'm sure the screeners will be happy to know, that is the last A&M shot I will be submitting for a while....

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Didn't want to bring it up but the ditch light blob is a killer for my own photos. Maybe ok in very low light but not daylight.
If you have a before or after frame with that ditch light not blown out, just stack the frames and use a layer to "draw" in the ditch light. That is, if you're using photoshop.
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