Old 03-26-2012, 02:16 AM   #1
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A friend of mine picked me up at 4:00 am to go railfanning one day to maybe go shoot something different. Unfortunately there weren't any trains running till almost in the afternoon. I was looking to get some sunrise train shots.

While we waited at this spot for a while, no trains came. I took this shot anyway of a huge fireball in the clouds. I processed it into a black and white cause I thought it looked pretty neat. Although it's not the kind of thing for RP, I wanted to get it printed and framed anyway.

I was looking for some feedback on maybe processing this a little better and getting a second opinion. I plan on going back here again and trying it again also. The scene of course will probably change, but what the heck.

What would you do different?



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Old 03-26-2012, 02:34 AM   #2
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It looks pretty good to me. Personally, I would add a bit more contrast so you have some more pure black in there, but that is "the way I roll." Awesome clouds. If you had a train, you're looking at PCA type awards.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:41 AM   #3
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If Ansel Adams had been a railroad photographer, this is the type of work he might have produced, with steam engines no doubt.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:52 AM   #4
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When I see threads in this forum titled about trying something different, I have to admitt I usually roll my eyes and expect some badly composed shot with bad light. They've had a shot rejected and don't understand the why. But this shot, wow. It's really nice. It's a nice photograph without a train. But with a train, I agree with what H-Man said. PCAs and maybe even a screeners choice.... wth sme contrast work.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:21 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments guys. I increased black in the clouds a little bit. I'm still trying to understand the black and white thing. One of the problems I see with increasing contrast is that I start to loose some detail. I don't know if that's okay or not.



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Old 03-26-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Love the shot and the lighting Chris, had a shot at it, the only thing I did to the original was in pse7- levels moved the black slider to 10, the gray slider to 78 and sharpenned 30/.5/0 thats it.

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Okay Mark. That's what I was missing. No problem increasing black which made everything darker, including whites. I didn't think about lightening up the whites at the same time. That works. Thanks Mark.

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Old 03-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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I like Marks edit, very cool shot, great composition.
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