Old 10-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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I last logged in over three years ago so I may be a little rusty on RP standards. I have a question on a composition rejection to see if it's fixable.

Are they looking for the train to be farther to the left of the frame, or does it have to do with the car?

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Old 10-12-2014, 12:50 AM   #2
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Not a fan for RP purposes; the car is too strong, seems much more of a car shot with a complementary background than a train shot with a complementary foreground. Not sure what the motive for that particular rejection is.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:57 AM   #3
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Hi Andrew

I'll use one of my recent photos to show how a car can compliment a scene.

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In the case here, the train is the primary focus of the photo. The car adds to the foreground, so instead of the road being empty, it fills the space and makes the photo more appealing and gives the viewer something else to look at.
The best part was that this photo wasn't planned. I was high enough off the ground that if a car did come by, I could incorporate it into the scene. Several were moving right along, I saw this opportunity and I took it.

This is all just my own opinion. I'm sure there are other people who could contribute theirs as well. I hope this helps you in planning future photos!!
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:13 AM   #4
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Nice STi.

To me, the composition is too right-heavy.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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Not a fan for RP purposes; the car is too strong, seems much more of a car shot with a complementary background than a train shot with a complementary foreground.
I agree. It's a nice shot, but not for RP.
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It might also work better with a state that doesn't require a front plate.

My eyes were drawn immediately to the censored license plate.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:46 AM   #7
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Nice try, but no. There isn't enough visual separation between train and car, cured by shooting at a higher angle (think stepladder). The background is distracting – white buildings, wires. You could have parked closer to the tree and used it as a view block. Shooting from a higher angle also could allow you to crop out most of the background. It seems like you knew what you wanted to say, but didn't think it through very clearly.
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