Old 08-05-2008, 01:19 AM   #1
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First, let me say that this is my first post on the forums, and I have just recently started to post pictures in the DB. I am contemplating submitting a shot, but already have an idea about what the screeners may say. I figured I would just post the image here and get your thoughts on the image. If screeners want to comment, that would be great as well.

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Old 08-05-2008, 01:38 AM   #2
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I'll stick my neck out and say that RP will not accept it, because of the train being in shadow, but should accept it, because it is a more interesting shot than any number of well-lit wedgies that are accepted here. I like the light on the hillsides - reminds me of shots of Italy - and I like the texture of the cut slope. The nose of the train is probably too close to the center for some but I like having the train back in this case, it exposes the hillside and balances the shot out, otherwise everything would be on the right.

It might look better with a touch more contrast.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:56 AM   #3
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Great shot! Needs to be rotated ccw.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:12 AM   #4
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The train was 5-minutes too late.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:15 AM   #5
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Ryan, it would have been a GREAT shot had the train come 15-30 minutes sooner. That's a good location, too...so definitely try it again! Welcome to the forum.
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Great shot! Needs to be rotated ccw.
Good location and well cropped. Just a lil over saturated, level ccw, hope for the train earlier as Jim (funny name) says.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:23 AM   #7
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I'm going to go with J on this one (the more complicated J, sorry, Jim).

I really like this shot, but I agree, it will probably get dinged due to the shadow.

(EDIT - As Douglas [J Douglas] responded at the same time I did... I've got to now point out, I meant Janusz [although I also highly respect the opinions of J Douglas])

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:20 AM   #8
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I'm going to go with J on this one (the more complicated J, sorry, Jim).

I really like this shot, but I agree, it will probably get dinged due to the very shadow that Mike B and Jim have agreed is in your way.

As an aside, Mike and Jim agreeing is sort of like USC and UCLA fans rooting for the same team... so I think you should probably accept that they are also correct (no matter what J and my personal reaction is).

(EDIT - As Douglas [J Douglas] responded at the same time I did... I've got to now point out, I meant Janusz [although I also highly respect the opinions of J Douglas])

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Thanks everyone for the response!

I knew about the shadowing of the train, but I knew that before I took the shot. It was a little of what I was going for, as for the saturation that everyone is bringing up, I can think I can correct that, but what is wrong with the horizon that makes it look like it needs rotation? I'm looking at the signal and the engine cab, am I looking at it wrong?

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Thanks everyone for the response!

I knew about the shadowing of the train, but I knew that before I took the shot. It was a little of what I was going for, as for the saturation that everyone is bringing up, I can think I can correct that, but what is wrong with the horizon that makes it look like it needs rotation? I'm looking at the signal and the engine cab, am I looking at it wrong?

Thanks again for your comments!
Never try to level to anything horizontial in your photo. Always use a vert. Look at the signal.....Looks a tiny bit off, but I am at work and cant check for sure..............
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I'll stick my neck out and say that RP will not accept it, because of the train being in shadow, but should accept it, because it is a more interesting shot than any number of well-lit wedgies that are accepted here.
Totally disagree. Why? Because this shot could be had without the shadow, which doesn't add to the shot IMO. Would having the whole scene well-lit make it any less interesting than the current version?
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Totally disagree. Why? Because this shot could be had without the shadow, which doesn't add to the shot IMO. Would having the whole scene well-lit make it any less interesting than the current version?
I don't think it would make it any more interesting, either!, just different.

I don't think the placement of the shadow detracts here. I do understand that it is more conventional to have at least the train lit up, but I'm OK with the big shadow here which emphasizes the stage of the day. So I'd accept this one.

Admittedly, it could be my idiosyncratic response now and in a week I might feel differently.
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Well then i think the general consensus is to send it in and see what happens
Personaly i like it, the color in the hills and the searchlight make a great composition.
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The shadowed train doesn't bother me, the rest of the scene makes up for it. I think if the train was well lit it would look better but it would also completely change the feel off the shot. You get the sense of the very last rays of the day in this shot but a well lit train would just be another towards the end of the day shot with no shadowed intrest.
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Help out BNSF's track crews and knock down that weed in the way there too.

Nice location.
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This'll likely be hit with the Distracting Shadows rejection. I like the shot but for one thing...part of the lead loco is in sunlight and part of it isn't. Had the entire locomotive been in shadow or entirely in sunlight I think it gets on. I like the shot, just not the shadow line on the lead locomotive, which is a distraction and takes away from the aesthetics in my opinion.
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