Old 07-08-2009, 03:54 AM   #1
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So here's something that has me scratching my head. I uploaded these two photos right after one another.

The first one was my fireworks photo from the 4th. I expected a respectable amount of views and favorites, which the photo got.
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The second photo was my picture of the NS OCS deadhead move. It's an OK photo, by no means extraordinary, and one I expected to garner a marginal amount views and maybe a favorite or two.
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The result (as of this writing) was that the OCS ended up with quite a lot of favorites, more than the fireworks shot.

My question is: what makes the OCS shot so "favoritable?"
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:01 AM   #2
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:05 AM   #3
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To be honest, I think the OCS shot is a cleaner shot, a neater composition, if you will, and more obviously "railroady". The fireworks shot is a nice catch, and technically much more involved, but I think you end up almost with the effect of two photos in one. The top half of the fireworks shot is just that, a nice shot of fireworks over a nice scene of buildings. The lower half is a busy yard shot, which is also a nice shot. But there's something just a little bit jarring about the composition - the two somehow don't seem to flow together nicely. I suspect there are a lot of people in those "favorites" who like the simpler composition of the OCS shot . . . Just my thoughts. I like them both.

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The light engine move seems to be a more interesting thumbnail, the fireworks shot just doesn't 'jump out' when it is so tiny in size.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:50 AM   #5
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I will sort of echo what Jon said. The fireworks photo is interesting, but could have been composed a bit better. It bothers me how the nose of the P42 is somewhat obstructed. I think it got a good amount of favorites though, and as of now it actually has one more than the OCS shot.
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There's probably a lot of viewers on the site that aren't contributors, who view the site primarily for the train, more often just for the power. They could care less about the composition of the shot or how well it works. Hey, so be it, but that's just my thoughts.


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The light engine move seems to be a more interesting thumbnail, the fireworks shot just doesn't 'jump out' when it is so tiny in size.
On the contrary, it's clear what the NS shot is in the thumbnail, giving me a reason not to click on it if I've seen that locomotive a million times before. With the fireworks shot, the thumbnail doesn't reveal much of what's going on, temping me, the viewer, to click on it to see the details.

Just another perspective.
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On the contrary, it's clear what the NS shot is in the thumbnail, giving me a reason not to click on it if I've seen that locomotive a million times before. With the fireworks shot, the thumbnail doesn't reveal much of what's going on, temping me, the viewer, to click on it to see the details.

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Yes, Jim, but the issue is favorties, not views. Looking at all the shots of NS 4271, it seems that if you take a standard wedgie, you are going to get 7 favorites and probably 9 or 10. Lots of people just love equipment shots, they love the engines, not the photography. I am with Ben.

Ah, breaking news, the fireworks shot is now ahead in favorites! Perhaps a bunch of of forum participants looked at it? Steven, Chase, and you, Jim, are now on the list. Me too, now, it is a nice effort, despite the issues Jon raised. Also, I am biased towards Philly shots since I lived there a while and I vaguely recall having stood at the same location.
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Yes, Jim, but the issue is favorties, not views. Looking at all the shots of NS 4271, it seems that if you take a standard wedgie, you are going to get 7 favorites and probably 9 or 10. Lots of people just love equipment shots, they love the engines, not the photography. I am with Ben.
Right, but I was replying to wong's comment about the thumbnails of the two shots. (and I agree with Ben, too)


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Ah, breaking news, the fireworks shot is now ahead in favorites! Perhaps a bunch of of forum participants looked at it? Steven, Chase, and you, Jim, are now on the list.
I could have sworn I was the first one on the list after I left my comment on his pic.
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Thanks for all the input guys! Your analysis seems just about spot on.

The irony of this thread, is that by creating this thread, the fireworks photo ended up getting more favorites!

Oh, and I'm aware of the the catenary pole obstruction on the P42. That's why I tried to crop it less so that the P42 was the main subject of the photo, and all of the engines were. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to compose it so that the catenary pole didn't obstruct it. :-/ I still like the photo regardless.
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