Old 07-02-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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So I submitted this photo and it was rejected for unsharpness and underexposure.

I had darkened it on purpose for effect, and I had made the 1200 pixel version from a lower-than-original resolution file which caused some weird softness so I re-exported from the original file and did some corrections to come up with this:

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Then it was rejected for poor cropping.

Is this really a bad photo?
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Is this really a bad photo?
No one said it was a bad photo. A couple of guys who screen for some website found some faults with it. Yoou've fixed a few of them. Now they say they don't like the cropping. Either work on that to thheir delight or share it elsewhere.

Although I don't really know how to crop that one any different than you did there.
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What about cropping out some, if not all of the blown out sky in the BG keeping the bridge, and from the right to close things in a bit and to compensate your aspect ratio?
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Better?


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Bingo.

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Rejected again, still bad cropping.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...61&key=1975963
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There needs to be a happy medium between the two rejects. In one, you have too much sky. In the other, it feels like I need to duck to view it. Needs more room up top.
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OK, trying to keep the bridge centered horizontally...

Try this:

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:13 AM   #9
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I love the tone and texture; don't lose the ability to do that.

However, the compositon is reverse from what RP likes. If you had been over the middle right track rather than the middle left, the rule of thirds would have lined up better for RP tastes.

You photo is not bad, it's good. The main lesson learned here is that it is excellent you are out there learning.

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Dennis,

Thanks for the tips. It's frustrating though, as the first time I submitted it was for un-sharpness and underexposure. Nothing was said about the cropping. Then the second and third time it was rejected for cropping. As if I could fix it somehow, but no mention of what to adjust.

I think the original photo in this thread follows the rule of thirds nicely. The bridge in the distance marks the top third, and the locomotive in the foreground is in the right third.

From your description of its faults, it sounds like what is wrong with the photo is the perspective - not the cropping.
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Thanks for the tips. It's frustrating though, as the first time I submitted it was for un-sharpness and underexposure. Nothing was said about the cropping. Then the second and third time it was rejected for cropping. As if I could fix it somehow, but no mention of what to adjust.
All I can say is, welcome to RP! That is just the way it is on this site, incomplete rejection reasons and no accompanying narrative. One has to develop a thick skin and be patient.
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