Old 08-16-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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I would love some advice and help with this one.

I wanted to show the train in amongst the trees. Was this a mistake? Crop it tighter?

Backlit?

I will work on it if you guys think it is worth saving.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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I'd really like to see more room up top. The shot feels cramped. The Poor Lighting comes from what must have been nose on shot. The trucks are dark. The light is harsh, so it was probably more high sun than anything and likely will keep this one off of RP. However, better post processing could make it a better shot for your personal collection.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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I have a somewhat different impression WRT the crop than Joe on this one. My take is that a tad more on the bottom would be better as would a tad less at the top. The sky is really mid-day bright, and I think that makes the shot less appealing. Slice off just a bit. Show more of the bridge structure below as well as a bit more of the river. Moving the train up in the frame would also bring the locomotive nose closer to the upper left thirds point.

WRT the lighting, only the trucks are slightly dark, but there is enough detail there so that some selective adjustments could improve the look of those. The rest of the image is lit OK and the colors are not washed out. The biggest thing that I would do from an exposure standpoint is use some highlights or curves to kill the glare. The lighting in this image is a bit harsh-looking and I think you'll have a difficult time getting it accepted until you address it.
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Very harsh light... the sun is slowly coming down, but it is still too early for mid-day shots, it seems.

I would try again with a wider lens. Take some steps back and show us the whole bridge, if possible!
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
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There appears to be a considerable amount of color or luminance (not sure which) noise along the side of the locomotive. Also, I think the light is very harsh. Don't think this will ever be RP material.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input everyone. Will not spend any more time processing. Still studying what I need to do for better photography.
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