Old 04-04-2010, 05:11 AM   #1
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...on what to do to make this shot work:

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I can re-shoot it so I am looking for ideas on what to do differently. Obviously get a little more light on the nose which I can do. I am hoping when I go back that the machine is in a slightly different spot so I can get rid of that telephone pole.

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Old 04-04-2010, 06:08 AM   #2
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Dont try to shoot with a tire and yellow metal thing in front of you, and find a place where an ugly metal building is not immediately behind the locomotive. Then try to avoid telephone poles being in front of the locomotive.

Above all these obvious things, there isnt much light on the nose, which is a no-no here.

I have seen better artsy-fartsy composition attempts, which dont have tires blocking part of the locomotive and uninteresting metal buildings behind them..

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Old 04-04-2010, 06:53 AM   #3
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I think you were on the right track but you just didn't quite get it this time. First off the machine your trying to frame with is a little tight. Next time find something you can get more of the train but still frame it. Also find something a little more attractive. Also make sure there is never a telephone pole in front of the train. That will kill a shot. And then like Troy below said, find something more attractive to put in the background. That building is the plainest thing that could be back there. And of course always make sure there is light on the nose. The shot really has to be amazing to get it one w/o light on the nose. So just make sure you do those things and you'll be fine. I pretty much just reworded what Troy said but those seem to be the problems.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:07 AM   #4
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What is that thing in the foreground anyway, some kind of tractor or heavy equipment like a loader or grader?
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:17 AM   #5
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...on what to do to make this shot work:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=799206&key=0

I can re-shoot it so I am looking for ideas on what to do differently. Obviously get a little more light on the nose which I can do. I am hoping when I go back that the machine is in a slightly different spot so I can get rid of that telephone pole.

Thanks!
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uninteresting angle.... shooting through "this" piece of equipment doesn't do much except distract from the subject, not to mention, obstructing objects (a tire), and being unlevel, and of course the no light on the nose, that Troy mentioned, if you going to try the (as Troy called it) artsy-fartsy composition, using the foreground thing I think it has to be a little more interesting then part of piece of equipment that you can't make out what it is, try something like the ones below, there was a pic I saw a awhile ago but couldn't find that someone took though a handle of a switch stand, hope this helps

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thanks guys, Thought this might work but between the pole and the tire, etc., it just kills the shot. The piece of equipment was a grader that was parked, obviously.

Time to re-think...
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