Old 07-20-2008, 02:46 AM   #1
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Is the problem with the below picture the fact there is not enough light on the trucks? The picture was taken at 5:00+pm so its not a "high Sun" issue.





Pictures like these will never be accepted no matter if they look good or not?



Would a picture such as those below ever be accepted. Answers probably No but thought I would ask....



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Old 07-20-2008, 03:45 AM   #2
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On the first four photos, the issue isn't so much "high sun", as it is backlighting. You are on the wrong side of the train for sunlight. Only on rare occasions or special occurrences will RP accept a backlit photo.

On the next two photos, again, they are "backlit." I know to you, they might look good because of the glowing string of boxcars behind the NS locomotive and the glowing container cars behind the SOO locomotive. I understand. Been there, done that, but RP does not want to publish that type of material.

The final three photos are contrasted WAY too much. The images almost appear fake at this point. Adjust the contrast to make the clouds alot more lighter and 'natural' looking. The sky almost looks fake right now. And besides that, these photos won't get accepted anyhow, because it is a cloudy day. And to top it off, the third photo in this group is a "going away" shot of generic CSX power. Nothing interesting about this photo.

Honestly, sorry to be harsh here, but I don't think any of these will be accepted. They are all backlit and/or cloudy, something RP does not put up with.....

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Old 07-20-2008, 04:27 AM   #3
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First set- All nose lit. Try a more tele-smash style.

Second- backlit, no good.

Third- Too much contrast on #1, and 2. #3 won't make it because the train is going away, and I don't see it being interesting.
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:42 AM   #4
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the first couple theres nothing that can really be done.
On the third set however i like 1 & 2, 3 is pretty dull. The contrast gives it a sort of HDR look which i like on these but not what RP would want probably, give it a try though, ive seen similar shots in the database.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:57 AM   #5
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For me the composition on all of these are not really interesting. Although long before I got my first acceptance I shot angles like this. As far as high sun it isnt, its good nose light with a completley dark side. As far as backlit nothing much you can really do but try shooting with the sun at your back. If your trying to shoot head on a DSLR with a good telephoto would help vs a point and shoot which by the image quality appears to me like what you are using. I will volunteer some of my photos for reference.

When in yards having the sun at your back is always a good thing and try a more ''roster'' type angle, if your unable to get a different angle.

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When I am trackside near a manline, I prefer head on shots, with the sun at my back.

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As far as ''wedgie'' type compositions are concerned, (although this is the only succesful wedge shot I have taken), making it more interesting by shooting from a bridge or being on the ''right side of the train'' or both. Is good.

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Hope my little two cents was of some help, I am still learning myself. As this hobby is a constant learning process.

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Old 07-20-2008, 03:08 PM   #6
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Don't give up on the third series yet. I think they *might* could work if you down the contrast a little. The others are no gos for RP for the reasons already mentioned, but I really like the clouds on the third series.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:59 PM   #7
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Just for clarification.

Group #1 the sunlight issue is the best I can do at that location. The sun is behind me but is going down the tracks are more of a SW directionso the shadows this time of year are bad.

Group #2 I figured were hosers I just wanted confirmation.

Group #3 Well they are just questions and answered at that... No skin lost.

I might try and work on those high contrast ones but I don't think there is much hope. I like them anyhow Needless to say I will continue to try but you guys answered my questions and I think I have a better understanding. I just need to find that good all around good place to take pictures without tresspassing or risking my life hmmmmm....
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