Old 01-14-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Just wanted some opinions on this shot, i personally really like this shot but not sure how much of a chance it has at the database. Would a B&W conversion help by chance, though i really like it in color better.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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I'm afraid if you go B&W that all the foliage will just blend in with the bridge and you'll end up with a photo without enough contrast. I do like the sky and the angle on the shot. Of course, if you've got all the necessary flash equipment, this would be a great place for a night shot!

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Hi guys,
Just wanted some opinions on this shot, i personally really like this shot but not sure how much of a chance it has at the database. Would a B&W conversion help by chance, though i really like it in color better.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=252307677

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I like the idea of the shot. I Feel if were back more to where you could see most of the units and the bridge it would be better. Possibly framed in the foliage. Just my .02
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I took your rejection and did some work on it in CS2. I applied a couple of layers with masking to bring out the shadows and darken the brights (the clouds). A black and white gradient map was then applied to the color version, followed by some contrast to bring out the highlights from the shadows. Below is the attached version of the photo after working it. One is the color, the other is the black and white.



I'm more partial the black and white, as the photo has good contrast between the sky and ground (train). The photo does need a bit of counter-clockwise rotation to it and maybe a little bit cropped off the bottom but I think it has a chance in the database. The framing with the brush adds for a nice touch.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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Quicksilver, thanks for doing those edits, they look very good, ill need to give something similar a try. Do you think you could go into a little more detail about masking? I have CS3 and use to edit my photos but i havnt learned much about masking, except a trick i learned to help fix overexposed shots.
I really like the way the colors look on your edit, i think alot of my shots could benefit from post processing like that.

@M.L.Gabert: I was hoping to do that but i found the location very tight, not much room along the riverbank to go back any further as theres too much brush and trees.
@jnohallman: I wish lol, mabye someday when i have a SLR and some leftover change..
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