Old 09-28-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Here is a shot that was rejected for bad cropping.

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I'm thinking maybe it needs to be cropped a little tighter, too much foreground. What do you think?

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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You could probably lose some off the left, and maybe even the right as well.

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Old 09-28-2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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The train is centered in the frame. There is lots of dead space along the bottom, so take that out and place the train in the frame using rule of thirds.
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I don't know. I agree that it is centered, but I think the rails lead nicely to the train and bridge so, why get rid of them? My choice would be to definately get rid of most/all of that haze in the B/G, and cut from the right since most of those trees are shadow. As far as high sun, maybe, maybe not. It may be 'scenic' enough to be overlooked. If the trucks were in the photo, I would say yes to the HS.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:21 AM   #5
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It looks like you have a lot of image quality to work with. I think it could certainly lose some of the rails in the foreground. My opinion is that you don't need that much of the rails for them to still lead you to the train. I might crop a tad off the top, but I'd be careful up there not to whack too much off. After that, to keep the ratio, it may need to lose some off the left. It's certaily a nice crisp image. Good work.
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I don't know. I agree that it is centered, but I think the rails lead nicely to the train and bridge so, why get rid of them? My choice would be to definately get rid of most/all of that haze in the B/G, and cut from the right since most of those trees are shadow.
I understand what Kevin's saying and he's not wrong, but I would do the opposite with this shot. It's probably from living near coastal lowlands my whole life, but show me those hills. The "rails leading to the train" only works for me with dramatic lighting or a nice sweeping curve (or both), but I'm always a fan of great mountain backdrops. I would get rid of a bunch of foreground and add some background. Also, I agree the train is centered left to right as well, so chop some off the left.

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Old 09-30-2009, 01:58 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. I cropped out most of the foreground leaving the mountains in the background and resubmitted. It was accepted this time.

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Nice work!
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