Old 01-05-2011, 04:15 AM   #1
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Thoughts on this reject. First one was for undersharpened so I kicked it up a notch then got undersharpened and bad cropping. I fear if I sharpen the image any further it will start affecting the image quality. Could it be the brown post that is throwing off the screeners? As for the bad cropping, I understand the locomotive is close to being centered horizontally but I felt the van helped balance the image. Maybe my thoughts are wrong on this one and I should just crop out the van. Opinions?

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:12 PM   #2
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I wouldn't crop out the van as it's part of the scene. My main problem with the shot is the huge boring mass of blue sky at the top. There's no interesting clouds or color to it and it dominates more than half the photo. I would try to add foreground if you can since that is more interesting than the featureless sky. If you have to crop the sides to crop sky, I would cut on the left side, either up to the wood fencepost, or get rid of the entire blue/gray building on the left.

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Less on the left, and too much sky, sharpen it a little although its not horrible.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:14 PM   #4
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Chris and Troy thanks for your replies. Chris, unfortunately I did not do myself any favors with that particular photo in leaving myself more foreground to work with. I attached two possible different versions but was unable to keep the van in the frame. In hindsight I should have moved another 15 feet to my right to eliminate the space between the van and the train. Let me know what you guys think of the new crops.
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Thanks for the help guys, this is what I came up with. I'm pleased with the results.

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I'm not! I want snow in South Carolina, and lots of it!
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I'm not! I want snow in South Carolina, and lots of it!
Thats what everyone says until they actually see what its like...
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Intense fog from the previous night is still visible in the form of frost on some of the trees.
Hoar frost.

Nice job with the crop.
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Thats what everyone says until they actually see what its like...
Max, agreed. I think a person's first driving experience in snow has them thinking differently as well.

Jim, would the "h" be silent in hoar frost? I'm too lazy to look it up and my college edumacation seems to be failing me right now.
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Pfft. I've already been called in at 4 a.m. for the live shots Monday for Snowmegedon II. You can keep your snow! I want to sleep late on my off day and, best of all, not work on my off day!

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Thats what everyone says until they actually see what its like...
I'm sure you guys are used to driving in it by now. People lose their minds if we get a couple of inches here.

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Hoar frost.

Nice job with the crop.
I bet you get a huge amount of snow every year.
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Jim, would the "h" be silent in hoar frost? I'm too lazy to look it up and my college edumacation seems to be failing me right now.
Pronounce it like the word you'd call that easy woman standing on a street corner in downtown Minnetonka.

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I bet you get a huge amount of snow every year.
Yes, the lake effect snow really dumps along Lake Michigan. Today and tonight, in fact, the CSX mainline that I normally shoot is in the middle of 6+ inches of lake effect snow. Some areas could get more. Needless to say, I'm getting up at 6am tomorrow morning to go take advantage of the freshly fallen powder.
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