Old 08-21-2007, 12:54 AM   #1
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Ok, here is one for you Jim. This was rejected for being unlevel, so I leveled to the screeners specs, and it is still not level. Also I am now being rejected for bad contrast, which I am not sure what to do about.

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Old 08-21-2007, 02:17 AM   #2
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It's leaning quite a bit to the right.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:30 AM   #3
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It's leaning quite a bit to the right.
Yeah, the trees in the background on the left are a dead giveaway that it is unlevel. The front of the locomotive is also visibly leaning when I look at it up close...
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Yeah, the trees in the background on the left are a dead giveaway that it is unlevel.
I agree that it is a bit unlevel, but that stand of trees in the back left is just freaky - wind blowdown? Lots of other trees that are managing to stand up, including foreground left and right margins. Third passenger car looks properly vertical; maybe the curve is superelevated a bit. It's a tough one to level.
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Ok, here is one for you Jim. This was rejected for being unlevel, so I leveled to the screeners specs, and it is still not level. Also I am now being rejected for bad contrast, which I am not sure what to do about.

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When I see a shot like this, I look for something that looks like it SHOULD be level to me. In this case, the horizontal bridge supports. Ignore those crazy trees in the background.
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Thank you Jim. Those trees in the backround are mostly aspens, which grow up as clones from what I heard, which is why they are all not vertical. So now does anyone have any help as to the bad contrast?
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Oh, I forgot to mention that I rotated it 1.5 degrees CCW. Not sure about the contrast, maybe someone else can help you with that. I looks "ok" to me, but I might try to process it in b/w or sepia just to give it a more period feel.
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Oh, I forgot to mention that I rotated it 1.5 degrees CCW. Not sure about the contrast, maybe someone else can help you with that. I looks "ok" to me, but I might try to process it in b/w or sepia just to give it a more period feel.
Thanks for the degrees and I think I will submit in black and white.
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Thanks for the degrees and I think I will submit in black and white.
You may still have to do some contrast tweaking. A simple desaturation might just make it look flat. When I convert an image to b/w, I use the channel mixer set to monochrome in photoshop. From there I can tweak things until I getting looking "just right" for my tastes. Desaturating an image to make it b/w just doesn't have a good enough effect, nor believable. To me, to convert an image of this subject to b/w is to get it to feel like the image was taken long ago. With the right adjustments using the channel mixer, you can sometimes reach that appearance and mood, something simply desaturating won't do.
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