Old 07-26-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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First composition rejection in quite a while, so I'll turn to the experts and have you all try to shed some light here:

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Old 07-26-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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Hi Kyle,

I think they are telling you that there's a lot of what they consider to be dead space on the left side of the image. They're looking for a tighter crop on this one.
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Kevin,

I understand, I guess what I am really trying to get at is where should I pull away from, I'm thinking all around but I don't want to create an image here that is too "compressed". I would definitely like to remove a little from the bottom, but I'm a little torn on whether I want to pull the sides and top in as well.
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This is my interpretation for cropping your image. However, I am not an expert since I have had my share of similar rejections.
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...82&key=6640388

Well, tighter, but I guess they don't like my solution. Not gonna beat myself up over this one.
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Fix one "problem", get different rejection.

Is this the "competition" we supposedly enjoy? ROFL!
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This is a good example of RP shooting themselves in the foot. This is a fairly dramatic image that deserves to be on RP by almost any reasonable measure. Certainly it is a better image as is than 90.76 percent of the images that are accepted. Sure, you can quibble and nit pick over the composition and cropping, and maybe get a better result, maybe not. But that should not be the purpose of screening. The purpose of screening should be to eliminate the images that don't deserve to be on RP, and not simply second guess the composition selected by the photographer. Post it to Flickr and enjoy the kudos you will get there, and post something more conventional here. It is RP's loss.
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I would crop it as a square. Take a bit off the left and a bit more off the right. (But then again, one of my favorite cameras is a Rolleiflex and another is a Hassleblad.)


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I would crop it as a square. Take a bit off the left and a bit more off the right. (But then again, one of my favorite cameras is a Rolleiflex and another is a Hassleblad.)


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Agree with Kent that more square would work well, though maybe not for RP.

As amazing as the sky is, the revised shot feels unbalanced to me, needs less on top.
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Been there, done that! The rejection almost jumped out of the computer, it came back so fast!
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Been there, done that! The rejection almost jumped out of the computer, it came back so fast!

That suggests that few/no one with RP has long term professional experience. Clear through the 1990s the 6x6 Hassleblad reigned as the pro camera of choice for most kinds of paid photography. In the 1950s through 1960s virtually no pro photographer would have not owned/used a Rolleiflex at some point in their career. David Plowden illustrated several books with photos made from a 6x6 Rolleiflex.


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That suggests that few/no one with RP has long term professional experience. Clear through the 1990s the 6x6 Hassleblad reigned as the pro camera of choice for most kinds of paid photography. In the 1950s through 1960s virtually no pro photographer would have not owned/used a Rolleiflex at some point in their career. David Plowden illustrated several books with photos made from a 6x6 Rolleiflex.


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Lots to see, and like here. I like the horizontal layer in the sky; it adds a different sort of perspective to the scene. Fine with me as is.

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