Old 07-04-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Backlit nose, but...

I figured Iíd share my latest rejection, since itís certainly not an everyday sight on the Northeast Corridor. Yes I know the nose is backlit, but I was hoping that the burned out sections and foam residue on the side would offer enough intrigue. Oh well...


For reference, the good light was with the undamaged lead unit approaching the station. However, those shots donít have give the same prominence to the damage on the side of the second unit. Itís also worth noting that fence posts in the station area obstruct the closer shots from that direction where the damage would be visible from that angle.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:58 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, it's difficult to predict how a screener might react to a photo of a fire/derailment/wreck. I've seen photos of much poorer composition and quality get in and better ones get the boot.

In this case, I am not sure why the "lit nose rule" applies, since this isn't the kind of photo that anyone would want to publish or frame and hang. It's pretty much just a documentary image, and one that's reasonably exposed. I think the rendering of the nose looks like the eye would see it, so I am fine with it.

Hey, you do your best and take your shot. If RP doesn't want it, put it up on Flickr or SmugMug or some similar site where you control the content.

I tend to avoid posting wreck shots, because they call everyone's attention to someone's bad day and I don't want to have the reputation for being the type of photographer who does that. I might take the photo, but it's more of a personal memory than anything else. I think my one and only wreck on RP is a roll-over that happened to the next car down on a train I was riding. Riding hundred-year-old equipment on a regular basis, I have been in a few derailments.

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Old 07-04-2019, 11:38 PM   #3
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I guess I am feeling ornery and maybe conflicted but a lot of the backlit nose rejections make no sense. The truly backlit photos are often screeners choice.

Every day I see several people with 2-10 photos of basically the same thing. A xyz train here, one down the tracks, etc, sunny day, sun on the nose, very boring. If I wanted to see someones days images I'd go to their flickr account, one reason I often skip that venue. So here is something different and interesting but.........


Not talking about certain non US posters.

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Old 07-05-2019, 05:01 AM   #4
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So the square format* Waffle House sign gets in, and this better shot gets the boot.
I wonder if it was the same screener.

*I thought RP admin did not like square shots!
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