Old 05-21-2011, 04:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy Too dark? Too weird? Too arty?

Any ideas about making this RP worthy? I admit there is no train but it is part of Grand Central Terminal which you can see on the left.
Brighten it up?
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:14 AM   #2
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A cool shot but the wrong place to put it.
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Scott, that is why I have sat on it for almost a year. But with the recent success of my abstract of a wheel being turned, I figured, what the hey.
It is a railroad piece of artwork in front of a great terminal so it is certainly railroad related.
However, I completely understand if for RP it's too out there.
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As much as I love to post shots which nip at the boundaries of "railroad photography," I don't see anything in your photo -- as interesting as it is -- that jumps out as me as "railroady." I think that's the issue you'll run into here at RP.

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I dont like it. B&W does it no favors either.
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I dont like it. B&W does it no favors either.
Why BW is a art form all by it's self and in a way harder to do right, Look past the lack of color. Its the lines and shades.
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Not for RP, but even for yourself, remix the BW and get better tonal separation between bird and sky.

Interesting that you get not only the "Metlife" (cut off, as is the eagle tail, you needed 14mm!) but what looks to be a reflection of the "Metlife" above the head.
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I like it outside of railpictures.
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It's a nice composition, but you just don't see that kind of thing around here. There should be a website with photos that are kinda-sorta related to trains. I'd love that.
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That is about what I thought about it. Not railroad-y enough.

Sometimes you just need other eyes on it.

Thanks for the the replies guys.
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Not railroad-y enough?

I see Grand Central Terminal and a lost Eagle from the former PRR Pennsylvania Station that was the basis for an entire article in Railfan magazine a few months back....

Bears, notes and poop OK, but not Grand Central Terminal and a Penn
Eagle? One so artistically captured and far and away from an over the
shoulder lit wedge - I don't quite get it. We have Trainphotos.net for
that kind of stuff.

RE: Janusz.... he is all seeing, though. If you could get the full tail feathers in it would be a plus, however, what I may suggest more pertinent would be the sky since it appears less like a high contrast night scene and more like an infrared conversion. Got a variation that may be more true to the scene?

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It's railroad-y enough to somebody who already knows what it is. It's a cool photo of an Eagle statue to me. While I can't say I particularly like the photos you referenced in your post Mitch, at least the bear was standing on a rail, the paper talked about a railroad, and the s*** looking sand was in the snow on a railroad track.

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It's railroad-y enough to somebody who already knows what it is.
And therein lies the problem.

To everyone else it is a WTF.

Nice look though.
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