Old 01-08-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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OK. I seldom feel the need to ask for help in getting a shot accepted, but I am really scratching my head over this one. I have cropped it a couple of different ways, but they don't seem to like any of them. The pilot on the lead locomotive is dead on the "Rule of Thirds" grid intersection. I am at a loss...

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Old 01-08-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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Kevin,

It looks OK to me, but they may be seeing it as being a little "top heavy". Try cropping about 1/3 of the space between the pilot and the bottom of the frame, and add an equivalent amount on top.

Although you are nailing the rule of thirds, that rule goes out the window when the overall image is not balanced. JMHO.

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My take is different. Trim some off the left; I'm not sure whether it needs a little or a lot. Then adjust the bottom as needed. Sharpen some more if you can.
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This shot should get in without much problem. I think the screener would like to see the lower left pulled in a bit, because there is a bit too much dead space on the left and on the bottom.

I would go to the cropping tool, grab the lower left corner and pull up and to the right more....effectively trimming the bottom and the left. Rather than just having the lower left "third point" right on the nose of the loco, I think you need to move the point back a fair bit further. Pull the corner of the frame in about as far as it takes to start making "contact" with that tree. I think that should do it.
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I tried a crude edit on my work laptop, and I agree with JM and KM that you should come in from the bottom left. My initial concern was that taking some off of the left would result in too much dead space to the right, but it's not so.
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I also say less on the left and the bottom. And is it just me, or is the image really muddy in the top right, around the signal?
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I also say less on the left and the bottom. And is it just me, or is the image really muddy in the top right, around the signal?
Hi Michael,

If by "muddy" you mean blurry or out of focus, I concur. The image almost looks like it was shot at f/2.8. The loco is in good focus, but the background is really fuzzy.
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My take is different. Trim some off the left; I'm not sure whether it needs a little or a lot. Then adjust the bottom as needed. Sharpen some more if you can.

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Thanks guys. Took your advice and removed space on the bottom and left. Also used an earlier frame where the right side wasn't so "mushy".
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Nice! I had wondered if you used the later frame because you wanted more of a side view of the trailing CP power.
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