Old 10-29-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Something definitely doesn't quite seem right with this one to me, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. I went back and reprocessed it, ending up with something that was nearly identical (with some minor differences in colour balance.) Any ideas?

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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Something definitely doesn't quite seem right with this one to me, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. I went back and reprocessed it, ending up with something that was nearly identical (with some minor differences in colour balance.) Any ideas?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...17&key=2093657

-Jacques
The rejections seem valid, it looks like your color is off too, like you were using a filter or something,
I messed around with the original, (start from scratch from the original file when you go to rework it) and added some contrast, kicked the reds and green down, and sharpened it a bit. see what you think

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Old 10-30-2013, 02:32 AM   #3
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Are you shooting with film? If that is digital the quality is abysmal.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:29 AM   #4
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Are you shooting with film? If that is digital the quality is abysmal.
Yep!

Now we're onto colour - relative to the first reject, I tweaked the units to make them a little less pink, removed red and toned down the greens, in addition to upping the contrast.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...40&key=7355188

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Old 10-30-2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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What process/equipment are you using to transfer from photo to digital? I think that is the root of the problem. Judging by the horrible quality, it must be pretty old stuff (I use to use a Nikon Coolscan in 2005 that got similar results).

Bad color, bad contrast, poor image quality; your submission will probably pounce around between all three until you initially get a higher quality digital picture.

... Of course, in light of that ridiculously bad night shot at Hagerstown, maybe all you have to do is keep resubmitting as is.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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What process/equipment are you using to transfer from photo to digital? I think that is the root of the problem. Judging by the horrible quality, it must be pretty old stuff (I use to use a Nikon Coolscan in 2005 that got similar results).

Bad color, bad contrast, poor image quality; your submission will probably pounce around between all three until you initially get a higher quality digital picture.
I'm getting them done at the photo lab, and unfortunately, the colour quality of the scans does seem to be getting increasingly hit-or-miss as time goes on... with respect to this particular photo, though, it was a hastily-composed grab shot and the version you see here is fairly heavily cropped. I'll let it go.

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