Old 05-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Personally, I am in love with this shot and think it would look nice in a calender. What do you think?
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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It's pretty run of the mill if you want my honest opinion.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:41 AM   #3
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Looks a little overexposed and that power pole is a little distracting
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The parked car & pole are distracting and its a lil crooked .... maybe 2 or 3 degrees CCW.... sorry, just not a fan of this one
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It's pretty run of the mill if you want my honest opinion.
Perhaps some fake snow will make it more interesting.
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I'm almost more interested in your opinion: why are you so in love with this shot? It's leaning to the right. It's over exposed. It's not very sharp and there's either some distracting heat distortion going on or some horrible image quality, perhaps a mixture of both.
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Shouldn't have shot at ISO 800, f3.0, 1/2000...Could've been a lot better...

And should've showed the whole train.
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perhaps some fake snow will make it more interesting.
That's what I was thinking!!!
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Perhaps some fake snow will make it more interesting.
Is this the fake snow guy? I forgot
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:39 AM   #10
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Is this the fake snow guy? I forgot
It was me. But for everyone's info, I learned that I can (Meaning: I don't mind) shoot on cloudy days......(that's when the good power runs)......and my goal is no longer SPECIFICALLY to get stuff on this site.
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Lightbulb My thoughts.

It would look better if you were on the other side of the tracks, and:

That big silver signal box cuts off half of your train.

Had you been on the other side, you could have shoot the train after it past that box and then cropped it out.

That is assuming you can be on the other side because I see a fence and perhaps the curve doesn't continue out of the frame to the right.

If that is the case, then you need to find a different turn.

It is also on the over exposed side and if you really did shoot it at ISO 800, don't.

You have full sun and it should be ISO 200 or below.

This is also a rather generic shot, why don't you look for a better background or a sunset or something.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:08 AM   #12
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Is this the fake snow guy? I forgot
Yep:
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Im serously not in the mood right now smartass. I dont even give a shit if I get banned, you guys really dont care about a good railroad shot, just common power, half-lit shots. Im sure theres a billion examples of perfect 'whatever' you want to use against me right now shots, but I serously dont care anymore. You guys are pricks, and have partially-ruined the hobby for me. You know, theres this neat thing called being polite, which I honestly think ALOT of you need to learn. Sure, there are some nice guys on the forums that I respect, but alot of you are just assholes. Hows it feel to be called what you really are?? Not good I imagine...

Alot of you guys are really dumb. You want to ban me for adding fake snow, which really isnt that big of a deal. Fake snow is an effect, jsut like B&W, Sepia, fake moons, ect, ect... You guys piss me off. And since I cant make all of you go away, Im going away for a while to think about more importnant things such as, "what will I do with my life in 5 years?" I honestly dont want to come back here right now, and I cant beleive how most of you guys act around here. Talking about women, and beer..... BEER! You even know theres teenagers here that may be influenced by comments like that. You should be ashamed of your selves, your all horrible role models to me. so FUCK YOU ALL AND GOOD DAY (NOT).
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Exclamation Wow.....

Oh, its the "other, more obnoxious" fake snow guy.

I seriously forgot.
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Yeah, THAT guy :/

Anyways, Daniel gave me some tips on shooting and ISO/Exposure use.

Here they are.

1. Dont use fake snow.

2. On a cloudy day, use a higher ISO, on sunny day, use a lower ISO.

3. Avoid using Auto mode.

I also found that the color on my camera looks 'washed out', here is a saturated version of a slightly better picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/up1995/...in/photostream

Advice on dealing with the washed out color?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:24 PM   #15
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2. On a cloudy day, use a higher ISO, on sunny day, use a lower ISO.
Then why was your sunny day Amtrak picture take at ISO 800? You should be shooting at ISO 100 or 200 when the sun is out and the sky is blue. You're also going to want to be around f/6.3-f/10 with a shutter speed between 400 to 800.


I think heat distortion is the biggest killer for this photo getting into the database. It shows that you've got some of the basics down but it still needs a little work. I'd suggest not going to locations where you have to use a lot of zoom. Based on your photos on flickr your camera seems to blow the headlamps out in those situations beyond repair.
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I also found that the color on my camera looks 'washed out', here is a saturated version of a slightly better picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/up1995/...in/photostream
There is a blue tint to the whole picture. Not good.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:35 PM   #17
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Im finding it a little funny that my point & shoot has better color and headlight-focus than my new, more expensive one (which is SUPPOSED to work better...)

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Then why was your sunny day Amtrak picture take at ISO 800?
Because, I hadnt realized it was set to ISO 800. And he told me after I took it..

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Based on your photos on flickr your camera seems to blow the headlamps out in those situations beyond repair.
I've noticed that as well. Not really sure whats going on, sometimes it does that, other times it doesnt. Im lost as to why it does that.
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I've noticed that as well. Not really sure whats going on, sometimes it does that, other times it doesnt. Im lost as to why it does that.
It's because you have not learned how to expose things properly yet.

Buy this book, read it cover to cover, then report back:
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-.../dp/0817463003
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It's because you have not learned how to expose things properly yet.

Buy this book, read it cover to cover, then report back:
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-.../dp/0817463003
I'll look into it. Thanks.
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