Old 07-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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I am working on a pic for a friend of mine taken in low/post storm lighting, i imagine its backlit, but I thought it was a decent shot so i helped him on it

Attached is the worked on one, I worked with the exposure highlights and saturation. Is it good enough to try or is there some problems he will run into with the shot?

(i am still a noob at Photoshop, so working with a low light shot like this is a learning process.)

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Old 07-29-2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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I am working on a pic for a friend of mine taken in low/post storm lighting, i imagine its backlit, but I thought it was a decent shot so i helped him on it

Attached is the worked on one, I worked with the exposure highlights and saturation. Is it good enough to try or is there some problems he will run into with the shot?

(i am still a noob at Photoshop, so working with a low light shot like this is a learning process.)

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Suggest you crank up the contrast to get more definition in the clouds (which look good).

Lose most of the left side of the frame (too much building and other junk).

Then have a good explanation for why you think the image has merit to be used in the appeal with the screener since they will probably say it is backlit, or too dark, or there is not enough nose light.

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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...320438&nseq=23




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Suggest you crank up the contrast to get more definition in the clouds (which look good).

Lose most of the left side of the frame (too much building and other junk).
Ok I will try again, how much cropping would you say to the right of the pole?
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:01 PM   #4
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Ok I will try again, how much cropping would you say to the right of the pole?
I don't know.

The stuff on the left doesn't add to the shot.

You may need to re-shoot it to get more of the train and less of the surroundings.
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As El Roco's shots show, make the shot a lot darker, it will bring out the sky and the backlighting will go from a rejection reason to the point of the shot.
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Here is what I can do with your image.

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Problem is that the train is not the focal point of the shot and there is still too much platform and building.

Now if you got some people in there or some other element it could change the composition of the shot as such:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/36722129@N06/4482923907/



http://www.flickr.com/photos/3672212...7615767504477/

I think it needs to be re-shot at a greater angle to the train and with more of the yard than the building.

It is a train web site so the cars in the yard would be preferable to the buildings.

The clouds are great which is what you need (in my opinion) for a good back lit shot.

Shoot it at ISO 200 or below and on a tripod if necessary since that is a station stop.

The low ISO will allow you to tweak the contrast and brightness better to give you a good look.

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Ok I will just reshoot it when I get the chance to get back up there.
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Ok I will just reshoot it when I get the chance to get back up there.
I don't know if you are on Flickr, but I like the shot you have because I like buildings and poles and yards etc.

I think it has good potential for views there, but on RP it would be better to start over since they are more interested in the train aspect of any image.
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