Old 05-04-2010, 08:06 PM   #1
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I thought the flagman made the picture, not detracted from it. Also the locomotive emerging "from the darkness" made it dramatic to me.
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The image doesn't have a real "subject" in my opinion. You mentioned the train/conductor, but they're both too far away and I personally don't classify them as the "primary subjects". The only real subject of the image I can find is the no trespassing/stop sign and that's personally not really enough to make RP, as they currently stand.

Next time, I'd suggest doing a tele of the conductor walking down the tracks with the train rounding the curve in the background. Obviously, your primary subject being the conductor (keeping him in focus, while having an OOF train).

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That is part of the limitations of image sizes accepted here to some degree. My original raw size is something like 4600x2300 or something. I think the max size accepted in portrait mode is 800x600 or something like that.
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The signs are a problem and the man is too far away to be a subject.
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So would a tighter crop on the train and bridgetender be better, at the expense of omitting the bridge structure and background?

I have a much better shot of the train on the bridge that will work well, but I wanted to document what I thought was an interesting operation.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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I thought the flagman made the picture, not detracted from it. Also the locomotive emerging "from the darkness" made it dramatic to me.
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Chase's comments about "tele" reinforces my view that something like the Canon 18-200 or the Tamron 18-270 both with image stabilization is the sort of lens to carry as one's "duty lens." Then one is always ready to go. Conditions change to fast to depend on something like the 18-55 55-200 combo.


The major manufactures like Canon and Nikon sell the 18-55 as their kit lens with the implication that the user should move up to the 55-200 as the next addition to their lens collection, and some users surmise that spreading the focal length range into two lens is better then depending on one lens "to do it all." I don't think that careful testing would support this.

Canon also promotes the 28-135 on many of their cameras even in the APS C DSL class and this lens fails to provide the important 75 degree FOV found at 18 mm focal length.
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So would a tighter crop on the train and bridgetender be better, at the expense of omitting the bridge structure and background?

I have a much better shot of the train on the bridge that will work well, but I wanted to document what I thought was an interesting operation.
For "cropping" without data loss I like these two programs. Be sure to fill the screen with what you want and then "grab" it. Then it does not feel so much like "cropping."

I find ACDSEE as good as anything for viewing and organizing images. For example one merely needs draw a box around an area of interest and click inside it and that area immediately fills the screen. I have not met anybody who has seen anything slicker or quicker.

I keep CaptureWizPro sitting on the edge of my screen. Hit draw a box around the part of the screen of interest and the program grabs the image, gives it an ascending file name and that is it. There are other options too but that is slickest.

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Both companies are easy to work with, being friendly and non-predatory.

I like the combination of these two programs to carry out what I call “Zoom & Grab” which results in little or no loss of pixels if done right, since one is using the entire screen, rather than the loss of pixels that occurs with “cropping.” I suspect cropping when different images on this site by the same viewer show lots of variation in file size and I suspect that in many cases “Zoom & Grab” would have resulted in better image quality.

In a similar vein, the fastest way to look at images on FLICKR seems to be in slide show format and these images yield nicely to reaching out and grabbing them with CaptureWizPro, since they do not respond the same way as .JPEG’s would, since they are in JAVA.
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I'm fine with gear and software, I was asking more about the composition
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Troy, Unless you've got a version that puts the conductor "in your lap" in the scene, I don't see it happening.

And Gizmo is a spammer.

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And Gizmo is a spammer.

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Maybe so less see where he go's with it, Like if he shoots or not. I don't care if he gets some shots on.
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Ok, I submitted a different shot, and really wasnt expecting this

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=727119763

All I can think of is a little off on the right of the bridgetender's shack, otherwise?
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Ok, I submitted a different shot, and really wasnt expecting this

All I can think of is a little off on the right of the bridgetender's shack, otherwise?
I would take some off the top to. Think it's the shot that will get in but you have some wasted space and the power is to far to the left.
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