Old 03-18-2008, 11:10 PM   #1
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I tried to submit a photo of the North Approach signal to the Barber Junction diamond at Barber North Carolina. The once busy mainline they protect now only sees a short local once every other day. The few searchlight style signals that are left on it are still lit from the Southern Railway days, so I made it a point to go see the only one I have yet to visit, since it is hidden way deep in the woods north of the junction.

After a miles hike upgrade to it, I snapped some photos of it, one which I tried to fit the sunset into it somehow.

Here is how it turned out, and it was rejected for poor aesthetic quality.

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I dont see how it would be rejected if there is more photos on railpictures similar to it, but none of which I have seen a sunset in.

Just wanted some thoughts on it.

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:37 PM   #2
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I do not think the silouette is easily recognizable as a railraod structure. It could be that it's shape is unique to the area or perhaps the angle you caught it at.

Also, a bit more contrast might be in order - seems the blacks could blacker giving the sunset a more striking composition.

And a last truth - different screeners, different preferences - what sometimes won't get in one day might the next. If you really like it, I'd play with the contrast and appeal to a second screener (automatic when appealing). But, again, the structure is not immediately recognizable or positioned in a dynamic way.

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:37 PM   #3
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Hmmm interesting. Id appeal it and see but thats just me.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:25 AM   #4
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I like it, but the other one you got in is better:

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I like it, but the other one you got in is better:

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Clint, on the accepted shot - very nice! - what is the source of the light that makes this signal look like it is on? Is that just a hole and the sunset-colored sky peeking through?
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Thanks,

No the sky isnt peeking through, it looks that way though The signals are on.

I attached a photo taken early in the day of the signal, with a box of some sort the base of it. I dont know that much about signals or how power is supplied to them, but im guessing that has something to do with it.

You can sorta see it in the photo I attached, and also the light in the signal better. Sorry they arent that good, I was looking directly into the sun when i took the photos. I am going back there soon to get some better ones.

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No the sky isnt peeking through, it looks that way though The signals are on.
when I read "A signal that will never be called again" I assumed it was an abandoned signal.
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Yeah, sorry for the misunderstanding.

Its pretty much all but abandoned. Trains used to call it when there was through freights and passenger service. But all of that is history. The only NS local up this part of the line is P25, and they dont call the signals anymore, because there is no need too. They dont even get Track authorities or anything.
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