Old 09-08-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Good day!

I am helping Maryann out with her cropping...and that is a skill I am still learning myself so I wanna see what the experts think

She has tried this shot off and on

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Keeps getting hit with bad cropping. She tried more platform to the left train on the right, tighter top and bottom and the wider still no luck.

Any suggestions I can pass to her?

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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The train is centered horizontally. Either make it go up or down in the frame.

I think it needs a touch of CW rotation too. Level it off that concrete beam in the middle.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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I agree with Matthieu. If she has the uncropped version, I wouldn't mind seeing it. I feel it needs to be more 16X9 than somewhat square as it is now. I like the scene. I like shooting light rail.
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The train is centered horizontally. Either make it go up or down in the frame.

I think it needs a touch of CW rotation too. Level it off that concrete beam in the middle.
Did you mean CCW? That pillar is leaning to the right.

Bob, f3.5 is pretty shallow for that scene, what did she focus on? Most of the image looks soft.
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My bad, yes, I did mean CCW (stoopid brain).
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I would say not only is there a focus issue, there is a camera shake issue (from too slow a shutter speed) making the image soft. I remind myself that the reciprocal of the the lens mm is the slowest shutter speed you can usually get away with. (Without IS that is.)
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I agree it looks soft and also needs CCW rotation.
As far as cropping goes...
How about crop the right side up to that fence post, add some to the left side and cut the bottom to remove that square in the floor but keep the writing on the floor.

Good luck.
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Bob, f3.5 is pretty shallow for that scene, what did she focus on? Most of the image looks soft.
This is the first thing my eyes saw when I opened the photo. It's just too soft to make it and I don't think it's salvageable. Does she have any other frames that may be sharper?

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This is the first thing my eyes saw when I opened the photo. It's just too soft to make it and I don't think it's salvageable. Does she have any other frames that may be sharper?

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I think that is the sharpest shot she had. The thing is the lightning in there was so horrible and she is just learning her camera.

I will see if she has any other shots to try...if not she has others yet to try. She is pretty happy with what she did get in California.

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