Old 03-16-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Any ideas anyone? There is lots of room all the way round this shot to play with. I came up with this and it isn't liked!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Dave,

I suggest you take the frame and move it down and to the left. The very top of the photo is not interesting. The bottom definitely is. Show more foreground and less sky (just beyond the top of the clouds max). Try putting the loco on the upper right third point and see what that looks like.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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You got screwed on the "train." This can work, but I'd crop it down a lot more than this, keeping the barn at the bottom left, the engine at the top right, and a little sky at the top.

If you can, go back and try this with an actual train. That helps your case a lot.
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What Kevin said (but "crop top and right" is more intuitive to me than "take the frame and move it down and to the left"). Also, this is a very well known spot, go through RP and get the correct location info.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #5
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Dave,

I suggest you take the frame and move it down and to the left. The very top of the photo is not interesting. The bottom definitely is. Show more foreground and less sky (just beyond the top of the clouds max). Try putting the loco on the upper right third point and see what that looks like.
I was going to suggest the same thing. Something like this:

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Many thanks for those ideas. Coming from the UK I loved the idea of having a small locomotive under the big sky of Montana. Made it looked lost which appealed to me. We don't have mountains like that either so I wanted to include them as well. Guess I am just an old sentimentalist at heart.I know it is a well known spot, pictures on RP made me want to go there and there were roadworks when I arrived, I nearly missed this through talking to some of the workers on the road.I will try your suggestions and see what happens. Best wishes everyone Dave
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I was going to suggest the same thing. Something like this:

Exactly what I was thinking about cropping it when I saw the original. The cropped version Ron did is much much better and balanced.
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Many thanks for those ideas. Coming from the UK I loved the idea of having a small locomotive under the big sky of Montana. Made it looked lost which appealed to me. We don't have mountains like that either so I wanted to include them as well. Guess I am just an old sentimentalist at heart.I know it is a well known spot, pictures on RP made me want to go there and there were roadworks when I arrived, I nearly missed this through talking to some of the workers on the road.I will try your suggestions and see what happens. Best wishes everyone Dave
I was there about 4 days before you and was able to take advantage of the road construction and park off of the road completely where they had been doing some work. It was nice to not have to worry about where my vehicle was.
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I was going to suggest the same thing. Something like this:

Great crop of a beautiful shot.
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Once more I bow to experience, thank you for your advice and after another 3 rejections the picture finally got on. What's even more odd to me is that I posted up a follow up to this picture and got a Screener's Choice. This I do not understand but .............. not complaining. Thanks again Dave
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Once more I bow to experience, thank you for your advice and after another 3 rejections the picture finally got on. What's even more odd to me is that I posted up a follow up to this picture and got a Screener's Choice. This I do not understand but .............. not complaining. Thanks again Dave
Don't even try to understand.

And remember, RP is just one outlet. You were not wrong in how you cropped it originally, you just didn't crop it in an RP-preferred way.

Albeit most of us prefer the eventual crop to the original ...

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