Old 04-04-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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What's not to love...four main tracks, a two track branchline, guard rails, electrified third rail, timber guards, and bi-directional signalling...put it altogether with a train at the uppper right 1/3. Even Commonwealth Ed gets in with their back alley power lines. You mean they want to crop out some of this? Suggestions, please. Thanks.

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Old 04-04-2011, 06:16 PM   #2
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I don't love the harsh light...
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:27 PM   #3
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Well, bad cropping can also refer to what you have already cropped out, not to what you left in. In this case, the shot does seem a little tight to me. The train is a little too contered to. I'm not sure how fast this thing was going, but I think the shutter should have been released just a little later to let the train get into the curve a little more, though not blocked by any signal or whatnot.

Anthony is right; the lighting is subpar at best. Maybe "harsh" is a harsh way of putting it. If the colors popped a little more, that could make up for some of the lighting issues, perhaps.

Great location though. I'm not sure how I would have shot it.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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I'd make it a portrait....lop off the telephone pole.

Adjust the exposure or contrast or something so it doesn't look so washed out.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:30 PM   #5
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I think the cropping is also too square. Sometimes that alone will get a shot kicked . . .

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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That's an interesting concept Joe, crop more of the photo in rather than out. That would certainly lead to less "poor picture quality." Alas, the larger crop and some color work yielded a new rejection..."back lit." Arrgh!! It'll be a tight squeeze to reshoot this waiting for the sun to come around more to light the left side of the train before being too high.

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:16 AM   #7
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FWIW, I think the cropping is better in the second version than the first. I still might like to see more up top though, but maybe just a hair. See, to me the painted wall on the building back there is a very interesting element of the shot. As for the lighting, you could possibly appeal explaing the trouble with sun angles. I like the shot, but I'm not screener, so that's not much of a help.
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Vertical crop, get rid of the entire left 1/3 of the frame. That transformer kills it for me personally.
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That's an interesting concept Joe, crop more of the photo in rather than out. That would certainly lead to less "poor picture quality." Alas, the larger crop and some color work yielded a new rejection..."back lit." Arrgh!! It'll be a tight squeeze to reshoot this waiting for the sun to come around more to light the left side of the train before being too high.

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Perhaps the screener has some Native American in him and he doesn't like the fact that you keep cutting off Potawatomi?
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ROTFLMAO!!

Weather says sunny tomorrow. I'm going up there and reshoot that thing all day.

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Old 04-05-2011, 03:36 AM   #11
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David,

You seem to insist, err, have a preference for top heavy squarish crops as of late. Crop monster diet. I like it for what it includes but it just looks top heavy, like a triple scoop ice cream cone.

The scene as is may work, cropwise, at the very least, if you were to crop off some of the bottom. You still end up with some interesting trackwork.

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Do you have a frame with the train closer to the the pair of dwarf signals?

Or one with it almost between them?
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:01 AM   #13
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There is always helpful advice here.....Yes there was a later shot....Yes I can spell out all of "Potawatomi"...Yes I can include all of the painted wall. And not to forget to warm the colors up a bit and a little less squarish on the crop. If I do all this.....


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Yay! I don't have to get up early in the morning. Good thing too, sun only lasted til 10:30, then it clouded over. So much for weather forcasters.

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There is always helpful advice here.....Yes there was a later shot....Yes I can spell out all of "Potawatomi"...Yes I can include all of the painted wall. If I do all this.....


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Yay! I don't have to get up early in the morning.

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Congrats, that one look a hell of a lot better
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Well that answered my question and proved my hypothesis all in one shot.
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