Old 08-25-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
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Need help fellas, to me this is straight I checked my straighten tool It seems straight.
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I checked this one as well too, where are they looking I look at the telephone poll 2nd back from the Crossing they are straight.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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Sorry to disagree Todd, but they are both leaning to the left. Rather than using the telegraph poles, of which at least one is exceedingly un-level, try using what looks like a radio mast on the horizon. Alternatively you could try using the signals, but there is no guarantee that they are exactly upright either.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Ah ok I was looking around that photo and wondering where they were looking, What way and how far should I turn the photo. So if I have one that isnt at this spot what should I look for ones with out signals?
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What way and how far should I turn the photo. So if I have one that isnt at this spot what should I look for ones with out signals?
It's kind of obvious that both shots are leaning to the left, so CW rotation would be the way to go. It just kind of depends on how much, though. Just play with it until the signals/cab door look vertical.

Also, you need to correct your signature. The link you have to your RP shots is a link to the entire database.

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Old 08-25-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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For levelling shots anywhere, the preference is to look for verticals, such as the wall of a building. Pylons and radio masts are usually a safe bet as well, but beware of telegraph poles, lamp posts and signals which might not be totally upright. Also beware of some very old or wooden buildings which may not be straight or bridge piers which can be flared.

In the absence of any of the above, look at the train and the track it is running on. In your two pictures the track is straight so it is a reasonable assumption that the locos should be straight as well, in which case you can use things such as the cab sides. Curved track is more of a problem, especially if it is super-elevated, but it is rare to find that there is absolutely nothing to level on.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
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Thanks guys,
another quicky is this because of to much to the right
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That would be my guess. I'd try for a vertical crop - basically cut out the right half of the photo.

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Old 08-25-2009, 08:53 PM   #8
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Thanks Ill try that, I got Poor Image Quality
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=739430620
Now to me the image looks good The compression is low, How can I appel this?
I sure do apreacate your guy's help in this as it makes me become aware of those little details when I come back home from the field and edit.
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It appears to me that the shot is a bit out of focus, and may need sharpening. The UP logo is blurry, and the numberboards are pixelated. Looks like you rotated it, and didn't apply any further sharpening.

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I think I sharpend it after rotation, however I may not have Ill try the vertical crop Theres a whole lot to come go but Im trying to get the hang of things
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I think I sharpend it after rotation, however I may not have Ill try the vertical crop Theres a whole lot to come go but Im trying to get the hang of things
I know the feeling! I'd be a good photographer, if it wasn't for the editing

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True that. And with out the help from you guys on spoting things I wouldnt have shots that would look good here
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Need help fellas, to me this is straight I checked my straighten tool It seems straight.
Please explain the "straighten tool." Are you using photoshop? If so, there is a REALLY easy way to get a shot like this perfectly level, and it takes about 10 seconds.

And I agree with Jon, this one is begging to be cropped vertically. There just isn't enough interesting landscape to the right to balance out the composition.
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Need help fellas, to me this is straight I checked my straighten tool It seems straight.
Jim Thias is the "God of Straightness" here; do what ever he says!

I look for verticals (or then horizontals) in the middle of the photo to base the correction on. This, for me, works every time to fix wide angle shots in particular.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:09 PM   #15
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[quote=JimThias;97985]Please explain the "straighten tool." Are you using photoshop? If so, there is a REALLY easy way to get a shot like this perfectly level, and it takes about 10 seconds.
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Ive given up on those shots. Case Closed untill next time.I am not using photoshop, I am using Paint shop pro and thats what the title they have given it.Its basicly a straight line.
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I am not using photoshop, I am using Paint shop pro and thats what the title they have given it.Its basicly a straight line.
Ok, so it's a straight line. I guess I asked because I was curious of HOW it works.
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