Old 06-10-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=381870

I love RP.net, but this has to be the vaguest rejection reason yet. Perhaps they need a rejection reason that says 'Yer photo sux and we don't want it'. At least then I'd know.
At any rate, the point of this compostion was to show a good portion of the train strung out through the siding. If I crop out any more of the foreground, the shot is going to look insanely stupid. I have more shots where the power is closer, but it takes away from the "head on broadside" look I was going for.
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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I too find the new composition/balance a little non-descript and a little BS.

Do you have a shot where the loco has gone over the switch? What the killer to me appear to be is all the gray ballast. But it's really not that bad. IMO I would have accepted it. Maybe someone else has some better advice than I do.
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:33 PM   #3
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Not sure, but this photo just 'feels' more like it should be a panoramic. In other words, everything of matter is in the lower half of the frame with the complete upper half nothing but sky. I'm not sure if it's possible, but for me, I'd want to see more foreground and less sky (i.e. move the train up in the frame). I'm not sure if that would work, but the photo as is just doesn't feel right...
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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I think it was canned because the train is in the exact center of the shot top to bottom. The rule of thirds is partially used here. The front of the train is left of center. But vertically, everything is in the middle. I know Ween has said the exact opposite, but I would have lost the foreground and included more sky. But one thing that strikes me in this shot is the grey box. It's not exactly foreground clutter, but it doesn't really add anything to the shot.

The reject reason is a new one and I think when people get used to it, they'll see it's a good idea. I know I have tried to remember when out in the field not to put the train halfway up or half way down.


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Appeal it.
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Appeal it.
Well, there's a good vote of confidence that it's okay as-is!!
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Thanks for the comments guys, I'll try something different with framing next time. Here's a shot from the same place the prior weekend, the lighting was bad, so I didn't submit this one. I was slightly further north for this shot.

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I'll appeal this one and see what happens
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:33 AM   #8
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In on appeal. Thanks Chris!

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The foreground and sky add little to this phot, but the subject in the centre is ok. Perhaps it's time for RailPics to accept panoramic format?

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What the heck is that on the rail in front of the train? It looks like a mutant red-winged blackbird.
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Lol, I have gotten a few questions about that. I am not up on birding, but it's a red breasted something-or-other.
Seems like all of my shots get a bird in them somehow.

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Your camera has shot more birds than Dick Cheney's rifle. But he's probably shot more old men than you have!




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Your camera has shot more birds than Dick Cheney's rifle. But he's probably shot more old men than you have!




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BTW, I've got several shots recently with those blasted red winged blackbirds in the frame... usually right by the subject. I could use Cheney's assistance to provide supressing fire to keep those winged devils away.
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