Old 11-14-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Composition with 4 track signal bridge

Have this shot at CP 8 (4 track conrail signal bridge) rejected for too loose of a composition. What should I be doing differently? It seems to be if I make it any tighter the signal bridge itself will be against the edges of the frame. Thanks for any thoughts.

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Old 11-14-2016, 01:39 PM   #2
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The cabinet on the right needs to go bye bye.
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The cabinet on the right needs to go bye bye.
Should I take off the bottom when I do that as well?
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:00 PM   #4
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Cool Here's a quick and dirty alternative

I used the lens correction tool to fix the perspective problem, cropped it more tightly, lightened and increased the contrast on the dark side of the train, darkened the sky a bit, and increased over all contrast a bit. Seems okay to me, but as noted it is a quick and dirty job. FWIW.
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Thanks for the help
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Got another composition one I'm not sure what to do with:
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:54 PM   #6
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For your new submission, something like this should better satisfy the screeners.

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On the previous (signal bridge) image, is there a reason that you didn't shoot from the other side of the tracks? The light would have been batter, and the composition would have been more natural, IMO.

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On the previous (signal bridge) image, is there a reason that you didn't shoot from the other side of the tracks? The light would have been batter, and the composition would have been more natural, IMO.
I was actually leaving this location for the day and was about halfway down the grade towards the road in the background when we heard this blow for the crossing before this so we turned around and sprinted down to get the shot under the singal bridge. We didn't think it was safe to try and cross the tracks as we barely made it before the train did as it was (defect detector said speed of 57 mph)I think the resulting shot is still pretty decent.
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For your new submission, something like this should better satisfy the screeners.

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A nice enough picture. But it's common power (GE's seemingly eternal cab design) in Norfolk Southern's tired, seemingly eternal paint scheme, in a blah location that could be anywhere.
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A nice enough picture. But it's common power (GE's seemingly eternal cab design) in Norfolk Southern's tired, seemingly eternal paint scheme, in a blah location that could be anywhere.
I know many disagree it seems, but I don't think how rare something is should be the determining factor of a photo. Plus I work at GE so I love the GE wide cabs
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A nice enough picture. But it's common power (GE's seemingly eternal cab design) in Norfolk Southern's tired, seemingly eternal paint scheme, in a blah location that could be anywhere.
That's a big reason why I no longer feel motivated to shoot dozens of photos every weekend.
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Lighting is not favorable for getting acceptance on RP

Also boring, common angle at uninteresting location
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I know many disagree it seems, but I don't think how rare something is should be the determining factor of a photo. Plus I work at GE so I love the GE wide cabs
Fair enough. Miningcamper's comment about location is valid, however. Distinguishing background scenery, buildings, signals, bridges, or other props will make a photo like this one have much more appeal. The photo is fresh in your mind, and you're still connected to it, but years from now, absent location data, you will look at photos like this and wonder where they are.
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I know many disagree it seems, but I don't think how rare something is should be the determining factor of a photo. Plus I work at GE so I love the GE wide cabs
It is a determining factor in RP acceptance, however. Specifically, it determines whether or not other flaws (in the eyes of RP screeners) are overlooked. Here, the sun hid behind a cloud and the shot is not destined for RP because it has nothing to offer to override that flaw.

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Fair enough. Miningcamper's comment about location is valid, however. Distinguishing background scenery, buildings, signals, bridges, or other props will make a photo like this one have much more appeal. The photo is fresh in your mind, and you're still connected to it, but years from now, absent location data, you will look at photos like this and wonder where they are.
Miningcanmper's/Decapod's words are of great value in thinking about the long run.
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Interesting, as the last time I shared this photo (on other sites) I got several comments on how I lucked out getting that sucker hole for sun on the train...
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Interesting, as the last time I shared this photo (on other sites) I got several comments on how I lucked out getting that sucker hole for sun on the train...
Then it's bad processing? Looks like there is a bit of sun on the first two hoppers. Not full sun, but the sort of sun one gets when the clouds are thinner in one area but don't actually form a gap. Or that's where the gap is, but by the time you get to the engines there is some cloud filtering going on, not total by any means.
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Got another composition one I'm not sure what to do with:
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The main thing I don't like about this one is the landscape obscures the running gear on the cars. My version increases the superelevation lean a bit to make it a bit more dramatic, pumps up the sky, and adds quite a bit of contrast. FWIW.
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Any thoughts on this? I've got some room on all sides. I cropped it like it is to show the entire train as it's a short local while placing the nose of the lead unit at a ROT intersection.
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From a composition standpoint, I would pan to the left such that the last car and the engine are equidistant from the edges of the frame (balance).

The bigger issue here is the harsh lighting, especially he glare on the number board. You can possibly make this a little better by significantly lowering the white level in LR, then bumping up the contrast if necessary. That should help minimize the harshness, but that glare will still be a big distraction.
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You filled 1/3 of the frame with plain blue sky. It's "empty space" and in this sort of a scene is undesirable. Different choice if you see puffy clouds.
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You filled 1/3 of the frame with plain blue sky. It's "empty space" and in this sort of a scene is undesirable. Different choice if you see puffy clouds.
agreed, plus the glare on the numberboard and huge swath of shadow makes this completely undesirable
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