Old 12-20-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Photo rejected for bad cropping...although I did not crop it, this is how I took the photo....any thoughts? Thanks!

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Old 12-20-2010, 01:21 AM   #2
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Why did you go vertical? Way too much dead space all around, and all I can really see of the train is the nose of the locomotive. This shot could also be rejected for poor composition, cloudy/common and unlevel.

I just see no point to vertical in this location. You could've gotten enough of the scene with a 3/4 wedge, horizontal shot. Try it again on a sunny day.

Oh, and make sure the lead unit is an EMD

Edit: And by the way, you don't have to physically crop and image to get a bad cropping reject.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:31 AM   #3
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You have too much sky; I would crop out as much of the sky out as possible.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:01 AM   #4
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You also have an image quality issue - the sky is what I will call zone blotchy, which suggests too much compression or shooting at too low an image quality.

Also, the shot is not sharp.

As for the composition, your caption says "towering surrounding wilderness" which motivates the vertical, but you can do without the stray branches upper right and I would go with less sky, although I would not crop out "as much as possible," just reduce it.
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I'd also research reporting marks for Union Pacific too if I were you. (See also crazytiger's sig line.)
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:26 AM   #6
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Step away from the edge of the ballast, go back to a horizontal setup, wait for the train to get closer and show it rolling through the S-curve.

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Old 12-20-2010, 04:02 AM   #7
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Why did you go vertical? Way too much dead space all around, and all I can really see of the train is the nose of the locomotive. This shot could also be rejected for poor composition, cloudy/common and unlevel.

I just see no point to vertical in this location. You could've gotten enough of the scene with a 3/4 wedge, horizontal shot. Try it again on a sunny day.
If he did a standard horizontal crop he would be in the exact same situation. Except he would have ended up with more uninteresting pine trees on either side of the frame and we would not have seen the interesting clouds/mountain in the background.

I personally dont have much problem with the image except as follows:

1. Step about 10-15 feet to the right and shoot it at an angle.
2. Lighting is terrible, the UP locomotives dont look that drab even on cloudy days when filthy. You can brighten this up a little.
3. Zoom in a little tighter if possible.
4. A little more contrast.
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