Old 03-08-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Question Croppy Croppy

First it was under sharpened.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...97&key=8786779

Then bad crop.
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Am I showing too much of the consist? Also, is the shot too dark?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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I’m thinking that the crop is too horizontal for the standards which are:

“Optimal size for uploaded images is 1024-1200 pixels wide at between a 3:2 and 16:10 aspect ratio.”

The ratio on your image is a bit closer to 2:1 (1200:676)

Hope that helps.

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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I’m thinking that the crop is too horizontal for the standards which are:

“Optimal size for uploaded images is 1024-1200 pixels wide at between a 3:2 and 16:10 aspect ratio.”

The ratio on your image is a bit closer to 2:1 (1200:676)

Hope that helps.

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It was cropped to be 16:9. This is the ratio of modern computer monitors, televisions, and some media minded smart phones. 16:10 could work... Any opinion the consist? too much?
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You need more space on top. It feels too centered and the image too short.
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Not only needs more on top, but you've come so close to showing all of the train, why not do that? There is also something close on the right side that is cut off. Going wider on the right (if you can) might make that less of an issue as well.

Just my thoughts.

BTW, that picture is super sharp. Wish I could get mine looking that nice! What lens are you shooting and what software do you use?
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Not only needs more on top, but you've come so close to showing all of the train, why not do that? There is also something close on the right side that is cut off. Going wider on the right (if you can) might make that less of an issue as well.

Just my thoughts.

BTW, that picture is super sharp. Wish I could get mine looking that nice! What lens are you shooting and what software do you use?
I JUST got a D3200 with the kit lens and basic 55-300. As far as editing I just use Picasa, but I have a photoshop elements trail I need to use.
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The reason for not showing whole train was it was a monster and went around a curve at the end of the shot. Its one of those new oil trains that go from the east coast all the way to the Dakotas. I heard someone say they were even running em with DPU's To the right is concrete buffers to protect signal boxes.

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I like it better, but I think RP will want to see more space above the locomotive than below it.....in other words, I don't believe they will want it centered vertically like it is.
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Here is a recrop as a 4:3. I think it would look better if the snow hadn't melted off the grade crossing.
What Kevin said...too much space at the bottom. Crop it at 3:2 by taking some off the bottom and lowering the train, thus making the top wider.

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That did the trick Thanks Jim and Kevin. I'm beginning to see what they are wanting. I need to stick to traditional ratios versus the more modern ones. Those 16:9s make excellent wallpapers though
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=427844


I'll try to put through one if my new IHB shots.

Edit: That was easy

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=427854

Im getting the hang of this.

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That did the trick Thanks Jim and Kevin. I'm beginning to see what they are wanting. I need to stick to traditional ratios versus the more modern ones. Those 16:9s make excellent wallpapers though
Just a final comment. In my view, at least, don't think about formats, 16:9, 3:2, whatever. Just shoot what makes the scene come out how you like it. 16:9 is "modern" only in the sense that there is some technology that uses it. It has no intrinsic value, and neither does traditional.

Ex-post, you will have to deal with the question of what format one particular site, RP, likes. But don't let it affect your shooting.
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Just a final comment. In my view, at least, don't think about formats, 16:9, 3:2, whatever. Just shoot what makes the scene come out how you like it. 16:9 is "modern" only in the sense that there is some technology that uses it. It has no intrinsic value, and neither does traditional.

Ex-post, you will have to deal with the question of what format one particular site, RP, likes. But don't let it affect your shooting.
I'm still pretty new to photography. The 16:9 works well on some of my rural shots, but I notice now how it is usually inappropriate for a tight urban setting.

I tried two more (my daily limit) yesterday and one got in.

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/427932

I also tried a timed exposure and received a PEQ. No loss there. I need to start poking around for a 40 or 50mm prime with good f/stop before I get serious with those.
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