Old 03-21-2010, 06:21 AM   #1
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For telling me this is backlit...
Any ideas what I can do to improve the image? I guess when I took it, in my head I was mentally comparing it to this image:
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:35 AM   #2
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I think the backlighting is too strong on the rejected one, it is not as pleasing to the eye as your accepted pic. The bright patch where the single line starts is distracting and there is a fair bit of noise evident in the shadows.

Having said that, I would have another go to see if the highlights could be toned down and I would also crop nearly all the sky off which would make the picture less square as well as reducing the brightness.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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What got you is the sun was to high for glint and framing too, The high lights off the trailers kill it for me. I do like the photo and it's a nice spot but it's not working. I add, A longer lens and having the power in the shot helps too.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #4
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The composition in the reject is not as strong as the accepted image. Also the tone and contrast of your image is not attractive.

Warning: this is just my opinion. As such, it has been shown to be 180 degree's from the final screeners decision a lot lately.

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Old 03-22-2010, 01:39 AM   #5
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IMO, the accepted shot has more leading lines to the brake shoe dust. Also the rejected shot has the sky which is flat, and is too tight to the subject. Good effort. Maybe try again from further back if possible and use more "mash"
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