Old 11-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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I was in St. Denis Maryland today, caught a intermodel southbound when the train stopped at the station because there was a derailment in Washington DC, and all CSX operations on the capital sub have been ceased. The train was stopped, then moved down all the way, and then backed up into the siding. But anyways I took some photos, and two need to be leveled. Now I have no clue how to level the photos out, any suggestions?

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Old 11-24-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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Are you hoping to submit these images to Railpictures once they have been leveled? If so, don't bother. Both images are unlevel (really not sure why it's that unlevel, surely it isn't that hard to point the camera towards a subject in a horizontal fashion).

It's cloudy. RP.net does not accept cloudy images unlesss they're unique and have some type of interesting composition. Plus, it's a common day angle. If you had some sun behind your back, and leveled the image, this would most likely stand a good chance of being accepted.

If you're not submitting to RP, than I suggest checking out some free post processing software such as Gimp, which allows you to rotate the image. Plus, you can adjust color, contrast, etc.

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Old 11-24-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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no just for perosnal use, but the image was taken on a hill, and the footing was off, i didn't realize it until it was too late.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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It almost looks like you were holding the camera at a 45 angle in the first one? I'm not sure footing was the problem?

It's easy to rotate the photos and I would think that any basic image software bundled with a computer would have this as an option.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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Based on the previous replies, I'm not totally sure what you are looking for here.

Do you not have software that is capable of rotating the images? If you are just looking for advice on how much to rotate them, figure that both need to be rotated counter-clockwise.....the first one more so than the second. Rotate them until the cab verticals are vertical in your frame. Once leveled, that first one may be difficult to crop because of the substantial rotation required.

As others have noted, the lighting on these is pretty far from the minimum standards for common power on RP.

Hope that helps some....
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Another free editing tool, Picasa, by Google.

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These would be good shots to practice leveling.

But I have to agree with a previous comment....the sky is really blown out in these shots and the chances of them being accepted probably are not very high.
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Na, that first one isnt that bad

About 7 degrees CCW might be a good start
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I don't upload here, I like the advice hear though.
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:55 AM   #10
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Work harder next time not to take such an unlevel shot. I know that sounds kinda snarky and really obvious, but the fewer things you have to work on in post processing the better.
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