Old 01-24-2011, 03:28 AM   #1
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Too much or too little here? Night shots in my opinion are harder to master.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:38 AM   #2
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Is it just me or do I see motion blur on the close number board? I say too little contrast.
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There's definitely too much contrast. Start over from scratch and be easy with the contrast. Lighten it up a bit too, just a hair. The switch stand is killing it though, IMO.

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Old 01-24-2011, 04:31 AM   #4
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Got hit for color now
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:01 AM   #5
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Its kinda unlevel, too.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:08 AM   #6
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Slight level and smidge saturation?
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:11 AM   #7
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If you look at the telephone poles behind it they are pretty straight, I think it might be a tough perspective to get level, but my biggest problem is getting the color right.
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If you look at the telephone poles behind it they are pretty straight, I think it might be a tough perspective to get level, but my biggest problem is getting the color right.
I never use telephone poles as a guide to level pictures... because they rarely are perfectly straight-up...

Use the vertical lines of the loco!
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The switch stand is killing it though
Agreed, the switch stand is another big killer, obstructing objects/foreground clutter.
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I like it.
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They look for trains to be leveled ( dis-including curves, etc. ) not telephone poles. Pump a bit more color into & its leaning to the left.
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Actually, the photo submission guidelines say this.

"Make an attempt to level the horizon on any photos which appear to be tilted to the right or left. Use objects in the background of the photo that you know are level (such as building edges, poles, etc.) to determine if the horizon is level"

As for the switch stand, I can understand why a screener may not like it, but so far that was not mentioned in any of the rejections. I suppose on the other hand they may consider it part of the scene. I can try again with more color, I just don't want to keep getting it rejected.
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It's not really a good shot. It's unlevel CCW. Look at the switch stand in front of the loco. It's leaning the same way that the loco is leaning. That switch stand, as others pointed out, is obstructing the unit. The color is not so great. It lacks contrast. It's not composed very well. In my mind, it might work if it were a scene shot more than a roster shot. I think you should have a tough time getting this one into the database.
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That pole behind the loco is the only thing that is lined up "right." The loco, the switch stand, the building to the right of the shot as well as the pole nearest to that building are all leaning to the left. Trust us on this one. Almost everyone who has commented on the shot has mentioned it's leaning to the left.
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I see what what your saying on second look at the level of the switch stand. The leveling can be fixed but with the other issues it may be a moot point. This was the way the "scene" was set up. It was part of the railfan weekend night photo shoot last year, so not much I could do about the switch stand, angle, or direction of the loco. I could crop it out wider, but the lighting outside there is not so bright, as the lumedyne was focused on the locomotive and the actor with the lantern.
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This was the result of an attempt at leveling but photo shopping the switch stand is well outside my relm. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
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You could likely fix this using the perspective distortion filter in Photoshop
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Contrary to some people, I think its a fine shot. The lighting is great, switchstand doesn't really bother me, it is just another element to look at. I think it is composed fine, but needs a little leveling is all.
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Get rid of that huge watermark too, or at least make it more translucent.
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