Old 07-06-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Cropping: Photos across fields

In the DB, I have a small number of photos across fields with the trains in the distance, but lately don't feel like I can get them right.

Here are a couple in the DB:

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I've attached a couple of recent ones that I just don't feel like I'm getting right. Be aware these are "sloppy copies" - I haven't been very careful with the rotation, color, etc, on these, I'm just wondering about the cropping. One better than the other? Which way to go?


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Old 07-06-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Well, let me first announce my bias against these sorts of shots.

Having said that, one still needs the photo to work. Foreground/background/subject/complements/light/etc. The first one, it is just a big mass of green and a train waaaay in the back. to my eye, total compositional blaaaah. Sorry.

The second, you have the diagonal, as you have in your two accepted shots. But it isn't nearly as strong an element here, and the light seems flat. Either the sun went behind a cloud or the foliage is so even that it goes flat anyway. The train is waaaaaay back there and seems to be curving away a bit, which reduces its impact, compared say to two accepted shots.

Not a fan of either, sorry. I need waaay more foreground interest for a shot to work for me.
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For these type of shots to work (like the two accepted ones), I think it's better if the lead units are above the horizon line which make them stand out against the sky. In the two attachments, the lead units blend in with the trees in the background and sorta get lost...
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I also think the foreground is more interesting in the accepted shot with the color variations and lines.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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I think the Merrifield shot works fairly well, maybe crop a bit off the bottom. The 2nd shot doesn't do much for me though, the engine is really lost in the background.
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