Old 08-16-2007, 01:59 PM   #1
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First off this is my first time posting here.

Ok, so in the past couple of days I have had some rejects. I have been trying some different shots than I am used to uploading. However, I have been having some difficulty doing so, and I was wondering if you experts could lend me a hand.

First of is a shot of crossbucks at sunset. Having some problems here.
The reject: http://http://www.railpictures.net/v...&key=279455067
The original: http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=844543

Next is something unique that I thought that I might try.
The reject: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=149097167
The original: http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=844541

I have had major problems leveling this picture, as everything seems to be leaning every which way, as well as quality issues:
Reject: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=173374390
Original: http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=830372

I have also been having some quality (noise) issues. It seems that whenever I try to sharpen a picture, no matter how little, I get noise problems. I am shooting with a Canon Powershot S2IS 5.0 megapixel camera. I shoot manual usually at ISO 100, f/5.6, and everything else to match that. I and am editing my photos in Adobe Photoshop 5.0 (yes it's old). I sharpen my pictures after I have leveled, cropped, etc. my pictures and after I have resized them for rp.
An example is here: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=405813&key=0
The original: http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=844544

This photo I have not yet submitted, and I was wondering if it has a shot, and if I should level it to the switchstand?
http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=844545

And this is my attempt at a glint shot. Should I upload it with some cropping, does it need some more work, or just forget it.
http://lsrc.rrpicturearchives.net/sh...aspx?id=844542

Another problem that I have is in photoshop. Are you able to crop a picture to a specific ratio. Because when I crop my pictures, I have to use a guess and check method, and end up cropping my pictures many times to get them close to the right size for rp.

And last, when I save a picture from photoshop after editing, it erases all of my EXIF data. Is there a way to preserve that?

Thanks in advance,

LSRC Railfan

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Old 08-16-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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Another problem that I have is in photoshop. Are you able to crop a picture to a specific ratio. Because when I crop my pictures, I have to use a guess and check method, and end up cropping my pictures many times to get them close to the right size for rp.

And last, when I save a picture from photoshop after editing, it erases all of my EXIF data. Is there a way to preserve that?
First of all, welcome! Second of all, for some reason none of your links work. I have no idea if it is my end, or your end, or whatever. But that is a good thing, for me for this morning , because you have linked to a LOT of pictures in one post!

So I'll just comment on the stuff I quoted above. I don't have PS but I use PS Elements so I assume PS can do anything I can do. When cropping, there are fields where you can enter a height and width. These don't have to be in any particular units, so you can say 3 and 2 or whatever. Then, as you are positioning and changing the size of the crop, the software maintains the ratio.

As for the EXIF, do not Save For Web, instead Save As. I wish the former preserved EXIF and wonder why it doesn't, oh well.
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Thanks JRMDC. Went through and (hopefully) fixed all the links. I do save my pictures under Save As and not Save for Web. Oh well. Thanks for your help.

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First of all, welcome! Second of all, for some reason none of your links work. I have no idea if it is my end, or your end, or whatever. But that is a good thing, for me for this morning , because you have linked to a LOT of pictures in one post!
Hey J did your computer say something like couldn't find server http? That's what mine did and I just deleted the second http in the address and it worked fine.

And welcome to the forums. For the first pic, you might try a vertical crop to rid of the dead space on the left and right. As to the others I will have to get back to you on them.
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Another reject last night for bad cropping, which I assume that the screener is talking about the fence on the right. I think that I will let this image go, as I'm not sure that I want it on the site. I think that I zoomed in too far.

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I think that I zoomed in too far.
I presume that is what caused the bad quality - the vegetation on the left side in particular does not good at all.
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First image: agree with what was said. (BTW, the link is not fixed on that one, but I figured out what to do based on what Andy said.) Also, note the wire that crosses the upper right corner, with no visible connection of either end - that is generally a no-no at RP.

Second image: quite noisy, especially color noise, and the background foliage doesn't look good. I suspect you are trying the extreme end of your telephoto range and you are just not able to get sufficient image quality. Or you are cropping too much of the file you are capturing.

I like the idea (at least the idea that I am perceiving!), light on the bell and nothing else, but I think there is too much darkness in the image as a whole. It might work better if you could just crop to the entire windshield and headlight and nothing else. Of course, you do not have the image quality to do that and I presume you would have to stand waaaaaaaaaaaaaay closer to get that sort of a shot.
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