Old 12-01-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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I was trying out a new spot on the BNSF Ottumwa sub but was wondering what you guys thought about this location and or the photo it I gave two suggestions on Cropping but wanted to see whaht you guys though. Again, its just testing the location but if its ok to up load here let me know


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Old 12-01-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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Need some cropping on the first one. It is also overexposed... possibly fixable in PS. The second photo may be too overexposed for fixing.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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Need some cropping on the first one. It is also overexposed... possibly fixable in PS. The second photo may be too overexposed for fixing.
Thanks, I was trying to get the sun on the Nose but I think that spot isnt so great after all for Eastbounds in the morning because of so many trees. Any suggestions with the location?
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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Need some cropping on the first one. It is also overexposed... possibly fixable in PS. The second photo may be too overexposed for fixing.
But the first and second are two crops of the same original, no? The second one (overly) sharpened, the first not.

I'm not a huge fan of the shot but it can be improved. Get rid of lots of shadow on the right. as much as the 2nd or more (consider getting rid of the MP on the right). Bottom, go in between the two. Top, no more sky than in the first. Left, a little tighter than the first, but keep the pole, it justifies the presence of the wires crossing over the top.

Also consider a vertical crop.

Still, you might have an image quality problem, we will see. The unsharpened one looks rather poor, even for being (I presume) unsharpened.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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You are correct its the same shot just two different views of it. I have lots of more times to go down and play with the aera today was just a test day. Would standing near the crossing helped it any because of the trees near the brigde? I have never shot Amtrak before I have always shot videos of it.
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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The spot looks a bit cluttered, what with the overhead wire and ballast pile. The bridge in the background might be more promising---but it could bring some stress while avoiding vehicular traffic.
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:14 PM   #7
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Agreed with the brigde but dont want to mess with the traffic and parking. Anyway heres I hope what JRMC had in mind


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Old 12-01-2009, 10:29 PM   #8
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Can you go any more to your left on this bridge? Getting more of an overhead broadside with such a short train might help the shot.

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To me, the wires kill the shot, period. There is a similar location local to me that is cursed with poorly placed (from the railfans perspective) wires... the best solution I can find is to go under the bridge and shoot from a less elevated position there. Problem is, my spot has a curve lending to somewhat of a photo op, where your location does not. I do not see much potential at your location other than moving left and shooting more broadside, but that'll produce a basic wedge... no chance of an SC.

FWIW, this is a shot from my location polluted with wires. At the top, the shot is cropped immediately below the offending wires, yielding a fairly tight shot. Not the best, but you work with what you're given...

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