Old 09-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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hello its been a while since I tried posting anything and got a rejection of Poor Image Quality: Th technical quality of the image needs to be improved.
I think I understand this but would like your opinions of it.http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...74&key=8291593
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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It looks like it's been ran over with a fine bristle brush. Quite soft and blurry. The middle of the train is overexposed too.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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You need to work on your camera settings. The exif shows it was aperture priority, 1/50s, f/22. Some of the blur can be attributed to diffraction from using such a small aperture (I usually try to stay between F/8 and F/11 or so) plus there might be some blur from having it at 1/50 as opposed to something shorter, like 1/250. The last technical problem looks like it might have been poor focus...but that's hard to say with that aperture.

Finally, the cropping bugs me. Even though they're in shadow, you should leave a bit more breathing room around the headstones. True, the dead don't need to breathe, but it feels awkward the way it is!
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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Thanks the sun was really shining off the silver cars, Is there any way to deal with something like that?
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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Thanks the sun was really shining off the silver cars, Is there any way to deal with something like that?
Not really. Often, to expose the shiny parts correctly, you would have to massively underexpose the whole scene. I have had my share of shots ruined by bad reflections, especially when shooting passenger trains with stainless equipement.

What I usually do when I see that the side of a car is reflecting sun directly into my lens is underexpose by a stop or two and try to fix it in post-processing.
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This is why you have to learn manual settings if your camera supports them, I'm always amazed with the ridiculous shutter/f-stop combinations that camera's will give you on automatic settings. I always try to get the F stop around 8 if possible, with shutter between 250 and 800 depending on the speed of the train. Higher F stop is more important than shutter speed with slow moving trains like this.
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Bad info on the reporting marks.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:22 AM   #8
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thanks alot.
Nikos the train was stopped that's why I went with small app. alo I was shooting off a tripod.
Je what do you mean bad reporting marks?
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Thanks that was just a typo on my part
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This is why you have to learn manual settings if your camera supports them, I'm always amazed with the ridiculous shutter/f-stop combinations that camera's will give you on automatic settings. I always try to get the F stop around 8 if possible, with shutter between 250 and 800 depending on the speed of the train. Higher F stop is more important than shutter speed with slow moving trains like this.
F11 @ 1/500 would have worked well here.
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You need to work on your camera settings. The exif shows it was aperture priority, 1/50s, f/22. Some of the blur can be attributed to diffraction from using such a small aperture (I usually try to stay between F/8 and F/11 or so) plus there might be some blur from having it at 1/50 as opposed to something shorter, like 1/250. The last technical problem looks like it might have been poor focus...but that's hard to say with that aperture.

Finally, the cropping bugs me. Even though they're in shadow, you should leave a bit more breathing room around the headstones. True, the dead don't need to breathe, but it feels awkward the way it is!
How do you see the camera settings?
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How do you see the camera settings?
Google "exif data viewer" and download the plug-in. However, if that data hasn't been saved initially, then it won't be viewable.
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