Old 07-03-2009, 06:33 AM   #1
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Couple rejects here. Should I bother fixing them or just leave them in the personal files?

1. Yup. Agree with the rejection, but I like it. Appeal?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=394072977

2. Favorite photo of the trip. It was dark out, so I did have to crank the ISO up a bit, making it a little grainy. Is the grain still a problem? Should I sharpen a little bit and resubmit?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=198792046

3. Yeah, I guess it isn't easily recognizable as a train. Thoughts?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=703881&key=0

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:19 AM   #2
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Jim,

I love the first two shots! The colors seem a bit over saturated in the first image, but I think it's a cool shot. The 2nd one is also very nice since you have those engines smoking it up. I may try sharpening it just a bit. I don't see the noise as a major problem.

The third photo is neat, but as you mentioned, the subject doesn't stand out as an engine right off.

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Old 07-03-2009, 09:12 AM   #3
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The baseplates look noisy, but that is probably the speckled rust. The colours seem a tad flat as well.

As for the noise, you can trial Neat Image for free:
http://www.neatimage.com/

Do you have any other angles of the paintshop image?
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:54 AM   #4
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I think cloudy worked or the foreground would be in deep shadows and you can use that for your appeal if you want a cloudy shot in?
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:50 PM   #5
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I love the first one, we're going to call you JG(2). The second one, I can somewhat see the noise but it isn't that big of an issue for me. Like Chase said for #3, who knew that's a locomotive?
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:23 PM   #6
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The first one: What's the relationship between the gas pumps, sign and the train? Is there a story? Ethanol? What's the story?

The second one: I like it for the locomotives with the Alco trade in trucks, but cloudy day shots generally have 2-1/2 strikes against them going in.

The third one: A nice shot of a guy painting a locomotive. Would be really nice with a before and after shot of the locomotive, but they do things one shot at a time around here.... Not much more to say.
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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I played around with the #2 photo, and after sharpening, it introduced more noise. I then darkened it some and used noise reducer in photo shop. I ended up with what looks like and HDR shot. Very nice. I would do that, then resubmit.

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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One and two are a bit over processed but fine... better than most of the shots accepted here. Overall your stuff is coming along nicely, if you ever get out of Michigan you could become quite a force.
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Love the first shot, and I can remember selling Copenhagen at my dads gas station for 95 cents a can. Wow.
The second shot seems fixable with some more sharpening.
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:49 PM   #10
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, if you ever get out of Michigan you could become quite a force.
And what's wrong with living in this state??
Sure, the scenery may not be all that spectacular, but we have our highlights...just look at this guy's work, and the work of others like Jim Thias and John Ryan.
Shots look pretty good Jim. That was a fun couple of days we had.
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:28 AM   #11
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Thanks guys for all the help! I'll follow your advice and fix these when I get a chance.

Ireland, I highly doubt my mother will let me out this year (minus Trainfest), but I'm planning on a nice long Pennsylvania trip next year. Can't wait! Only one more year of parental control.

Gregg, I do agree that Michigan isn't very scenic. But we make do. And yes, this past week was probably one of the best railfanning experiences I've ever had.
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Gregg, I do agree that Michigan isn't very scenic. But we make do. And yes, this past week was probably one of the best railfanning experiences I've ever had.
I disagree...Michigan is VERY scenic. The problem is, most of the trains that run in this state don't run in the scenic areas.
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I have to disagree with those of you who like the first shot. I'm sorry but the big Copenhagen sign and the gas pump isn't doing anything for me.

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Old 07-05-2009, 07:21 PM   #14
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I disagree...Michigan is VERY scenic. The problem is, most of the trains that run in this state don't run in the scenic areas.
Ain't that that truth!

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I have to disagree with those of you who like the first shot. I'm sorry but the big Copenhagen sign and the gas pump isn't doing anything for me.
Okay, I see what you're saying. But, I think it shows the story of a small Michigan town (that's about all there is in Cohoctah), and it also serves as a frame for the train.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:25 PM   #15
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Jim, I almost have to agree with you. I too live in Michigan and it's a real challenge to get a good shot. Jim Thias seems to find good shots though. I guess when you live in a small town, you have to make the most of it. I still don't like the Copenhagen sign though.
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