Old 12-09-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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I've taken the unusual step of appealing these rejections without either attending to them, or asking for advice on the forums.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=617732296
It's supposed to be this angle, to show the contrasting light and the distorted rails through the heat.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...2&key=58623858
The Fireman is clutter?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1108589796
The canopy struts are not built horizontal. The signal box is dead vertical.

Do you think I'm right or should I have just kept my mouth shut? (Probably the latter, witnessed by the lack of confidence demonstrated by posting this!)
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=617732296

is probably not RP material as it is a going away shot. Som,etimes they work; sometimes they don't. This one doesn't blow my skirt up as an RP shot. As a photograph, it's technically well done though.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...2&key=58623858

The only way I know he's a railroad fireman is because you said so. He's not doing anything that's remotely rail-related. Frankly, it looks like he's just some dude that walked into your shot. The woman hanging out of the cab doesn't help either. I'm wondering who she is and what she's doing.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1108589796

This one looks to be leaning slightly to the left. Look at the building way in the background -- is that the signal box you mention? I'd also crop a hair off the top and some off the right of the shot to adhere a little closer to the Rule of Thirds.


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Old 12-09-2008, 01:54 PM   #3
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The only way I know he's a railroad fireman is because you said so. He's not doing anything that's remotely rail-related. Frankly, it looks like he's just some dude that walked into your shot. The woman hanging out of the cab doesn't help either. I'm wondering who she is and what she's doing.

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The "woman" is actually the driver and HE is looking at something on the loco. He and the fireman are putting the loco to bed after its day's work. The fireman is walking back to the cab after operating the turnout to put the loco into the siding.
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It's supposed to be this angle, to show the contrasting light and the distorted rails through the heat.
What you are "show"ing takes up a small part of the frame and isn't even the first place the eye goes, at least my eye.

2: you weren't dinged for poor light; to me the shot screams "go back and try again"! And, unfortunately, the shot looks like an engine on static display with a couple of tourists checking it out.

3: what Joe said
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#1 I like.
#2 Clutter - there is junk and things everywhere in the shot, there is a guy just sitting on the left side that is really out of place and distracting
#3 I try to always make sure the center is level and then I also minimize the photo and try to get the overall feel of the photo. I think the blown out sky kills it for me.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:39 AM   #6
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It looks like the second photo has been accepted since the link is now invalid. I agree about the other two...

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Old 12-10-2008, 10:11 AM   #7
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Do you think I'm right or should I have just kept my mouth shut? (Probably the latter, witnessed by the lack of confidence demonstrated by posting this!)
Well, the consensus seems to indicate the latter alright.

The appeal for the second one was accepted, the others were rejected. So, it's 2-1 to the screeners.

I'll just forget the first one. I rotated the third one 0.75 degrees ACW. I forgot to crop it, as advised by my esteemed colleagues here. Guess what? It was rejected for bad cropping. My mother always said I didn't listen!

I might redo it when I get "a round tuit".
Although I always have had doubts about the sky. It was a very wet, dull day. I had to put the camera on the legs and use a slow shutter speed, that's why the guy on the left is blurred and the steam isn't distinct.

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