Old 01-16-2010, 05:56 AM   #1
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I've been mulling over this shot for a little while and was just curious what everyone thought of it. Attached is a cropped color version as well as my first attempt at a black and white conversion. Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:21 AM   #2
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Hi- Great photo to begin with. Now I might say the black and white just because it gives you that feel of colder more in the past. Especially with that tower to the left. Also the tracks in the snow are still clearly visible. So I would go with the B & W. Now a + side to the colored one is the exhaust from the engine is very clearly visible. Both look great and I applaud you on a great shot.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:21 AM   #3
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Harrison Street? Not a bad photo but the lighting didn't work in your favor. I prefer the color.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #4
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Both need a little more pop to really make them work. But the B&W conversion needs the most work. Right now, it's more grey to me than black and white. It needs some contrast.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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Following Joe's suggestion...

PS>B&W>mess with sliders>paying attention to the smoke to make it show> Levels to darken and add contrast>Sharpen.

Good shot, BTW.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:45 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the help! John, Central Avenue Bridge, overlooking 261's shop. It's a great location but as you said, during the winter the sun is usually no help. I added some contrast to the color version and submitted that one. I just don't have enough experience with B&W and will conitnue to work on that. Results.

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Im rather amazed that this shot got on, ive had much less get rejected for backlit. Glad you got it on though.
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congrats!

what are those passenger cars on the right edge behind the fence?
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Probably something with 261, I'm guessing.
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Congrats!








(I like my B&W better!)
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J, those passenger cars are a part of Milwaukee 261's shop. They are maintained by the Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (formerly known as the Friends of the 261). Attached is a grab shot giving a general idea of the composition that I would ultimately like to accomplish from that bridge. The train was waiting at a signal and by the time I parked and got out of my truck it was already gearing up so I sprinted to the top of the bridge to try and get a few shots of it.
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I almost prefer the attached version. A bit more to look at, and somewhat of a different scene with the train on the right coupled up the passenger coaches. Kind of, in a way, tells a story.

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