Old 06-20-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hey guys, normally I don't ask for help on rejected photos, because for me it tends to be if it doesn't get on the first or second try, it never will. But the last few months I can't get anything to pass, Im sure my rejection ratio has probably hit an all time high. But I generally think that all of these shots are done correctly (mind you tweaks that must be made, color, etc.) and in my eyes are noteworthy. Heres a few that were rejected in the last 3 days, and then some from the past two months that didn't make the cut.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1126056138

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=374565757

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=579385987

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=697961466
Rejected twice for color, then overcast. You can see it wasn't totally sunny, but the unique vantage point and power should make it plausible. Yes?

And then these were all rejected as well, long gone from the site so I'll use my links.

http://wctransfer.rrpicturearchives....spx?id=1558299
At the time this was the only consist on the BNSF with four SD40-2's as sole power, and the first two engines are in Swoosh. That will never happen again, but it was knocked as too dark. The sun was near the horizon.

http://wctransfer.rrpicturearchives....spx?id=1558388
Rejected for backlit, which it is most definately not.

Until these, I was doing just fine. Especially the shot with the four BNSF SD40-2's, not to mention the CSX SD45-2 from my Chicago trip, wouldn't people click on that shot because of the circumstances?

I'm sure someone will be able to pick apart these shots to back up the site, but I guess on most of them I just don't see why they aren't good enough. Waiting for feedback, thanks guys.

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Old 06-20-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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1st one: re-edit with less sharpening...should get in easily.
2nd: the cropping does indeed need to be redone. Try to get the train out of the center of the shot; there's lots off distractions all around. It also appears underexposed.
3rd: Agree with both reasons. Also the contrast and cropping (cab too centered) look off to me. Why B&W on this one?
4th: It has a chance since it looks more underexposed than cloudy. Brighten it a bit.
5th: You could try to brighten if it doesn't get too grainy. Good power if you like SD's but the train is cut off by the edge of the pic.
6th: Technically it's sidelit...which isn't necessarily bad but it's just a wedgie with bad cropping (train too vertically centered, also a problem with #5).

Good luck. You've got some nice shots. Try some different cropping and addressing the rejection reasons. You can certainly save a couple.
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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First one is too sharp to my eyes.

Second one has the train too dead center in the frame for my liking.

Third...it's just meh, even with the power.

Fourth one, the power is not enough to overcome the light. I realize seeing an Yn3 C40-8 leader on BNSF is rare for you, it's not necessarily rare for other folks.

Fifth one suffers from not being a full on glint shot. Only the second unit is showing glint.

Sixth one...remember, the backlit rejection reason also has verbiage about not enough nose light or something similar.

Bottom line: these aren't bad shots, they're just lacking in an area or two that's keeping them out. Don't get discouraged...we all go through our dry spells!
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Thanks guys. I realize the light is a bit strange on the Dash 8 shot, but it was sunny (notice the shadows near the plow, and the trees to the left).

The one shot at Dolton with the SD40-2 leading is a bit too centered, I agree. But I still liked the angle because of the cement mile marker and the train is twisting around in the background. I actually re-did that shot like so:
http://wctransfer.rrpicturearchives....spx?id=1642436
Better?

The fifth shot was a favorite of mine, and I actually prefered how the glint turned out. It showed the paint on the lead unit, because with out that It wouldn't be as cool. Still I understand what you mean.

The black and white was used because I liked the scene, and the sun wasn't very intense on that shot either. The fact that everything was backdated in the shot was also my reason to B&W it.

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Thanks guys. I realize the light is a bit strange on the Dash 8 shot, but it was sunny (notice the shadows near the plow, and the trees to the left).
Bright cloudy days still produce shadows, as does the unappealing light from a hazy sun. Too bad you didn't have a clear day...standard cabs in YN3 look really nice with bright sunshine.
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Yup, which is what it was, haze...

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