Old 03-02-2010, 03:15 AM   #1
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After a year or so hiatus due to a new job and paying bills, I've started getting back into train photography.

I got this rejection today for softness.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=915081582

I think I can go back and sharpen it some.

Softness has been a running problem with my camera even when I go single shot composition and get the focus lock. I'm thinking of replacing it. It's a Digital Rebel XT.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:44 AM   #2
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Greg, its a nice photo, well composed, nice light.

It just suffers from technical problems... your exif data says you shot at ISO100, f/9, and 1/125 shutter. You're not going to be able to stop a moving train with 1/125...either jack up your ISO, or open up your aperture to f/5.6 or f/4.

If sharpness continues to be a problem even when you've nailed your focus and have a proper shutter speed, its likely not your camera, rather your lens.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:51 AM   #3
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A pretty strong burst of Unsharp Mask should be able to save the shot. Start with 150-200/0.3/0. Nice location.

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That's weird. It was a very sunny day.

Sounds like I need to control the shutter more on my camera.
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I lived in MA for a year and on my last weekend there I took a picture identical to this. It was lost in the mail from the developer.

Took me 4 years to get back to the location.
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A big thank you to everyone, it was accepted after the edits.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=316231
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Nice job, Greg. How about a spring/summer shot? I'd love to see that scene with some nice green color. I can imagine the fall there looks pretty nice, too.
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I have a friend who visits Boston twice a year and I usually spend a day or two with her when she comes in August. I will try to get back there.

(I live in Maryland now)

Plus, now that it has been confirmed the Vermonter's days on the NECR south of Northfield are numbered, I haven't much time.
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I have a shot from August '08 I could try and find tomorrow. Its not RP quality but it would at least show you what the scene looks like with leaves on the trees.
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I'd love to see it with fall leaves, but taking one picture doesn't really justify a 800 mile round trip.
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What the heck...no one wants to try a shot there other than in the winter months???

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I will have to investigate the site. One issue that jumps to mind is the Vermonter southbound comes through around 12:20pm. That would be right in the middle of the high sun period during the summer.

The northbound comes through much later in the day, that might be worth trying in the summer.
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...327809&nseq=25

Someone finally took a summer picture
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Someone finally took a summer picture
Hmm...must not have had a wider lens. Oh well.
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Hmm...must not have had a wider lens. Oh well.
Nice spot but bad cropping in my book, Train right on the center line, By putting the train 1/3 from the top it would look better I think otherwise Wider would help to. Nice train, Nice bridge, Worth redoing 40 times!
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Nice train, Nice bridge, Worth redoing 40 times!
Agreed. Seems to be a lot of potential at this location. I'm surprised it hasn't been whored out.
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A big thank you to everyone, it was accepted after the edits.

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Congrats mate! That's a fantastic location and looks very stereo-typical of America.
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