Old 04-08-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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My confidence was quite high when I submitted this photo. I am showing our "L" in an unexpected circumstance....crossing a busy four lane street at ground level, trolley shoes extended down, no third rail whatsoever. I wanted to show the vehicles waiting on both sides, pedestrians waiting too. And I wanted to show the crossing apparatus. But my train was still in good sun, and unobstructed. Alas..."Bad Compostion/ Balance". Thoughts??

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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I'm not feeling this one, David. You got the train less than half way through the frame and cut off at the end. You cut the Porsche and the white car in half and the bus and big rig is almost an afterthought way over there across the road. I think the trouble began in the way you shot it, not like the most recent shot you had here where I felt very strongly that you could and should get it in the database.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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I believe you needed to let the train advance a little further into frame for composition issues.

I also think the cars are problematic because they are chopped off. You either need to have room to show the entire car, or not show any of it.
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Here is the complete photo. There are no more shots. I shot the train before it obscured the traffic stuck on the other side.
So any reshoot has to include the cars on this side.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:28 PM   #5
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No go on all counts.
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My confidence was quite high when I submitted this photo.
Why exactly?

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I personally think its waaay to busy of a scene..
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I like it, but you never see that kind of thing here. It tells a story.
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I like it, but you never see that kind of thing here.
There is a reason for that.

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It tells a story.
What story does it tell?
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Maybe give this crop a try.

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Old 04-09-2011, 06:31 PM   #11
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There's tension. Traffic from every which direction is halted as the el passes. look at the mayhem. that is reality. that is the story.
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There's tension. Traffic from every which direction is halted as the el passes. look at the mayhem. that is reality. that is the story.
That is every at-grade crossing in the world.

Tension? lol...

To the OP: this isnt going to work.
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That is every at-grade crossing in the world.

Tension? lol...

To the OP: this isnt going to work.
I agree with the "tension"...of course I would.

No one expects an "L" to stop traffic. "L"s belong on the elevated or in the median or in a subway. Of course I think this shot has merits and I am going back...soon as its sunny of course. I'll spend the day, I'll shoot over and over until I get it right. To me it's a challenge. I will go through the database loking for similar situations.

You know I had that other surface shot that got on and is a top five in numbers

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Maybe give this crop a try.

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You know I had that other surface shot that got on and is a top five in numbers
Past results are never a guarantee of future performance. (I'm just sayin'.)
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