Old 07-07-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Question Any ideas on fixing this shot??

Recently, I have had trouble fixing this B&W shot, and idk how to fix the contrast, if I should decrease it or increase it. Anyone have suggestions?

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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Recently, I have had trouble fixing this B&W shot, and idk how to fix the contrast, if I should decrease it or increase it. Anyone have suggestions?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=704381&key=0
It looks too rich to me. Bring it down a bit, and maybe clone out those specs in the sky too.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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The sky is already overexposed, so definitely don't increase it. I don't know that decreasing the contrast will bring this one up to RP standards, however.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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Plus it's backlit.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:29 PM   #5
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The contrast is too much. Therefore the sky is blown out, and the locomotive nose is black. (Another issue are those two dust spots as mentioned.)
Compositionally, the ugly sky completely dominates the photo. A darker sky with white clouds, (like with a yellow or red filter effect) is needed.
The tree on the right by touching the train spoils the shot somewhat. And also the one mismatched car hurts too.
Having said that, I really like your idea. Those looooong strings of cars on the plains make great photos.
So since the train is so far away, you could bypass the dreaded Backlit rejection if the other elements of the photo make up for it.
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Thanks for the advice. I managed to rework the photo from the unedited colored version, and I was able to add a red filter, and rework some of the other stuff. Here's the result. Is this any better, if at all?
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Layering it seems to bring out more detail. Although I never played around with B&W photography before, it does seem to help.

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