Old 03-12-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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1- I'm stumped. I see clouds but I see shadows like the sun was out. Im guessing it was a "mostly cloudy" day and the sun peeked in and out? Dont you HATE those days? It's good, but I think more sun and a little less cloud would have helped out.

2-I'm not at home so i can't tell you if it's soft or not. From the looks of it here, it does look soft, but I'm not looking at it on my new LCD.

3-everythings dead center, your vertical line (the train) is way too centered. Rule of thirds......keep your horizon line on the bottom or top third. here, I would say put the train more towards the bottom, there's too much snow, in my opinon, some people like that. And yes, it is dark, err, underexposed. ALSO, leave some room to the left, the train has nowhere to go.

4-cute picture! It's underexposed a TAD. Softness issue, can't tell you, but it looks worse than #2, so im guessing it IS soft. Image quality is starting to degrade a little bit too, watch your processing.

5-Simply put, i can't tell which way it needs to go

6-Even here I can tell, sharpen it up.

7-pretty cool, leave more room on the right side.

8-Way too dark, can't do anything with this one im afraid.

9-mess with brightness, you might get it in.The UP unit looks really dark. Lighten her up! i like this one a lot!

10-Wow...any amount of sharpening will keep degrading the quality. start from scratch. do all your color and brightness adjustments, crop, resize, sharpen.


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Old 03-12-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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For the most part, I like those shots. Some thoughts on a few.

I like the second one, but the left side of the picture clearly is poor quality. I'd rework this one from the original to see if it improves any, or as a last case, resize it to a smaller size with a decent amount of sharpening to see if that improves it.

Number 4 is a nice shot. Darken it and sharpen it. I like that one.

Number 5 threw me a bit. The signal bridge is clearly unlevel, the pole to the right is slightly unlevel, but everything else looks fine. Then again, I'm not quite as anal on levelling as some are. If it's within a half a degree, I'm fine with it. I'd either appeal explaining that you levelled it according to the locomotive, or recrop it so that the part of the signal bridge is cut off. It's not essential to the image anyway.

Image 9 is a great idea, but that one is too poor quality to work for me. The blurred drop of rain is a distraction too. Try it again...I tell myself that a lot.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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Bad light... nothing you can do about that one.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1257366065
Blurry, try using the unsharp mask in your image editor to improve it a bit. I'd like that shot a lot more if it was from a lower angle which didn't cut off the signal heads - excellent idea though.

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Way too much boring space on the right side. I'd like it much more with a bit more space on the left, and no more than two covered hoppers worth of space on the right. Search the forums for advice on correcting underexposure.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=495400&key=0
Great concept. Try unsharp mask to make it sharper, search the forums for advice on fixing overexposure.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=495397&key=0
I'd let this one go... good idea, but the there's too much junk in this shot (telephone pole, obscuring trees, ugly gutter, etc.).

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=815838685
Your camera's not focused on the front of the loco - nothing you can do about that.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=495394&key=0
Way too much empty space in the middle. Interesting stuff is happening in this shot, unfortunately it's all way to close to the edge of the image. If you can add some space on the bottom, right, and left... and maybe the top, it might work... maybe.

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Crappy light... nothing you can do about that. Nothing wrong with shooting trains on cloudy days, but 99% of the time, the shots aren't going to get accepted here.

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Nice concept, but I'd try it again somewhere else where you won't have all of those darn powerlines in the way. The image is pretty soft too... if you did a longer exposure to get the motion blur of the train, consider using a tripod next time.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=493808&key=0
Try applying noise reduction and unsharp mask in your image editor. Next time you shoot, make sure you're using the lowest ISO setting your camera allows. I'd Like more space on the right and less on the left. Also, beware of telephone poles when you're out shooting - it looks like one of them is sticking out of the locomotive there. Sometimes a small change in your angle relative to the train will make a big difference with telephone poles, antennas, etc.

It's certainly frustrating to get a big pile of rejections like that. However, you've clearly got an eye for interesting composition. Keep at it, and you'll start getting more shots in.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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1: nothing to add
2: image quality not quite there - you may have to set this one aside
3: nothing to add
4: great shot! Just do as requested. Next time, get a step stool so you can be a bit higher, so the window frame crosspiece is in between the engine and signal bridge instead of touching the latter.
5: appeal and tell them it is leveled on the vertical line at the left side of the engine where the red and the black/white come together. Or, preferably, relevel using the vertical line of the front of the cab (always good to level on something near the center of a shot). That also gets the pole at the left looking better.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:42 PM   #6
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6: nothing to add
7: nice attempt. But too tight on the right, and too loose on the left (no need to include that much of the boxcar). The story is the person looking at the power coming by; I don't have a problem with the empty middle (fortunately, there is kicked up snow). I'm not a fan of the fragment of the signal bridge, however, either include more or less.
8: nothing to add
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10: what I am about to say is probably too harsh, but I'm not sure how to convey the message otherwise. You have just shown me a bunch of really interesting shots. And, for #10, you produce this dullard, this yawner? With it's technical flaws? You can do better. You have done way better. Consider yourself officially graduated from this sort of shot. [Actually, do what you want, of course , but this shot is really jarring next to the other 9.]

Should you want to keep it, take a look at the colors, the yellow paint looks a bit greenish, maybe lower saturation on the greens. I know it is a spring shot but that foreground looks just a bit too strong also.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I'm a little puzzled about the shots that are soft, as i use 75/0.6/0 in the unsharp mask for all my photos. Unfortunately, at the moment it's a little hard to tell on my new (read: frustrating) monitor, as exerything looks way oversharpened. I thought some might need more sharpening, but judging on my monitor, i thought they would end up way oversharpened and pixelated.

In hindsight, #3 is too centered, i totally missed the cropping on that one- had one of those "one track mind" moments.

For the shots of CN 5432 my camera had mysteriously switched into "A-DEP" mode (which I know absolutely nothing about), and only noticed this detail after the train went by. AARGH! Guess that is what i get for shooting with gloves on to combat the sub-zero temperatures (i think my gloved thumb must of spun the mode dial a bit).

I guess i've got some more now for the personal collection, but there's nothing wrong with that.

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Old 03-12-2008, 07:42 PM   #8
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Peter, I normally set my USM at 100/0.9/0 when I sharpen the full size image. After resizing it for RP at 1024 X 683 I sharpen again at 50/0.5/0.

Are you shooting RAW or JPEG's? If you are shooting RAW, you can fix the overexposure easily. If not, use curves in Photo Shop and you can probably fix most of the overexposure problems. In the window frame shot the sky has gone a bit cyan, so you may have to work on that a bit, but that shot is worth taking some time on. You should have no trouble getting it accepted with a bit of work. Nice idea, nice picture.

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