Old 11-08-2010, 03:49 AM   #1
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I've been planning on getting a shot here for awhile, doing the standard tele-mesh with the light rail car close to the camera and the skyline made big by the tele... but grabbed this version as a test idea.

When I was playing with it in editing, I decided that I really liked it this way, with the LRV so small and lost in the skyline.

So, I'm sure you're asking, why keep the street below it? It just looked really odd when I cropped that off.

Anyway - what do you guys think? Is there a crop here to save it? Or is it pointless with the train so far away?

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Old 11-08-2010, 04:18 AM   #2
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I do not have much advice for this exact shot (I do like it) but I think in the future it may be cool if you got the LRV with some people walking on the side walk or cars driving beside it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:54 AM   #3
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Hey, Charles;

The shot you described had me expecting something very different when I clicked on the link. You said "I decided that I really liked it this way, with the LRV so small and lost in the skyline." I was expecting a shot with the LRV so small it would be hard to make out, with a lot of city activity around it. I may have gone with the more typical shot here that you described above.
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I would like to see that shot done with some more zoom. Bring the buildings right in. What you have now is just not working for me. The right side frame blows. Maybe walk down the street a bit further and pray for some street traffic while keeping your composition more to the left.

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Old 11-08-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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I think you could get a vertical crop out of that. The dead space on the left, even with those decorative light fixtures dont do much for me.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:41 PM   #6
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Cool scene, but too much dead space for me. As others have said, try a vertical or just wait for some city traffic, etc.
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Thanks for the thoughts, gents.

It actually is an industrial area that doesn't get much foot traffic, although ironically there was a couple that disappeared out of frame a second before the train arrived, and a second couple appeared on the sidewalk just after the train passed.

I will try again. I may submit another frame from that train with it closer. The problem with them is it is going down grade by that point. There was something neat about it cresting the grade (although I completely understand all of your notes and agree, the shot does not work).
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:20 PM   #9
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Charles, I'm sure you have already tried and dismissed this, but why not something like this?
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Thanks, WDS... I like it, but looking at it, think I may go even tigheter, cutting out sky, road, and left.

I'll give it a try later.
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Sure you could go tighter. I just left the cat support inside the frame so's it didn't look like it was just hanging in space, my personal preference that's all (yes, this from a guy who at times likes to chop off one side of a signal bridge for framing effect - go figure).
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