Old 12-11-2005, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default DUSK photo too dark?????

I submitted a photo for consideration tonight. I labeled it as a night photo, which includes dusk (see first linked photo.) When I took the photo, it was dusk, was quickly turning dark and I could barely see the train, but my camera picked up plenty of light for the photo. The photo was rejected as too dark. I lightened the photo and agree it looked better (see second linked photo,) although it no longer looked like a dusk photo. It was rejected as too dark. It was friggin' DUSK! If I lighten the photo any more, it washes out. Although I see plenty of dark photos on the site for plenty of reasons, my dusk photos were rejected. Does anyone understand why this occurs? I appealed and my appeal was rejected without an explanation, by the way.



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Old 12-11-2005, 06:52 AM   #2
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I'd let it slide. It's not a bad photo, but it's just not the type of material they're looking for. If if gets rejected on appeal, that's when to let it slide, unless you need some further comments by others about the photo.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:44 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by dafish
Does anyone understand why this occurs?
It was taken at dusk. Yes, it will be dark, because it is dusk. They want light on the pics. My advice would be not to worry about taking dusk shots for this site, unless they somehow strike a mood, like a silhouette shot or something. On your shot, it is simply a wedgie with too little light to make it all that exciting.

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Old 12-11-2005, 05:29 PM   #4
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Getting such a tight shot on a train at this time of day/evening doesn't do service to the photo.

The orginal appears as if a storm is approaching from the rear and that the photo is underexposed. Is there something else in the photo that would make it obvious that it is dusk? Shadows (not on the train of subject), sunset, glowing windows of a timeshack. Things like that would have given the viewer a sense of dinner time; setting the mood.
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Old 12-11-2005, 05:37 PM   #5
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Rather than just lightening up an image, add a little saturation and a little contrast too. That may not work for this photo to get it accepted, but it helps pics that could otherwise get blown out.
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