Old 08-03-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Two whys. Why is this a better photo for being shot unlevel than level, especially with parts of the engine cropped out of the frame? And why is this acceptable for RP given the nitpickiness of the screeners over a few pubic hairs one way or the other in terms of level normally?

Just looking to start a discussion . . .

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Old 08-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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It reminds me of the last thing a bug or deer sees before it dies.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:12 AM   #3
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Better: no such thing as "better," necessarily, but rotation can be used to increase dramatic impact or to change the "look" of an image. As for cropping, there is one look that is inclusive and another look that goes for aggressive cropping. The latter can "work" better than the former in some cases.

In this case part of the motive for cropping tight may be simply that this is not an engine, but rather some sort of a nose on display, and a wider crop would show all that emptiness. Had I been Nick I would not have identified it as a Siemens ACS-64 but rather as a display item of some sort.

Acceptable: glad to see it on. Non-level is an acceptable, sometimes interesting take on a scene. I only recall two intentional unlevels on RP, one by Steve Crise and one by Robin something, I think, the dark image with the train coming through and a bridge over the top. I can see RP avoiding such shots because RP becomes (more!) vulnerable to complaints about level. Not that RP shows any sign of being responsive to complaints, mind you, but I can see the volume of emails heading to admin rising a lot if unlevels were routinely accepted.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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The real "why" is why are some purposely unlevel shots accepted while others are not. After all, this is far less manipulated then others routinely accepted in the database. In fact, it was unlikely manipulated to any degree what so ever. Surely, it's subjective however - a possible onslaught of less tastefully done images could reek havoc in terms of "PEQ" rejections.
Kudos to the screener for accepting the risk and (re)opening the door to more creative, yet un-manipulated, possibilities.

As for the shot itself - there's a much great sense of excitement the way Nick has captured and presented the subject vs what would otherwise be a very dull and generic image of a rather dull and generic looking engine.

My compliments to Nick on this one, too. There are likely only a bare minimum of unlevel angles that would work as well as this one. And, in the context of this engine being just introduced and new, the presentation works all the better.

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Old 08-04-2013, 01:30 AM   #5
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Looks pretty artsy fartsy to me
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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Makes it pretty dramatic to my eye. I like it.
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I only recall two intentional unlevels on RP, one by Steve Crise and one by Robin something, I think, the dark image with the train coming through and a bridge over the top...
Steve Crise has several using what we used to call a "dutch tilt" to the camera. This rates the highest on the weird/disturbing scale:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...256273&nseq=69

Robin Coombes, great photo:
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I think others have explained the "why" very well. I like the shot quite a bit. Excellent! Kudos to RP.net for accepting it.
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Steve Crise has several using what we used to call a "dutch tilt" to the camera. This rates the highest on the weird/disturbing scale:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...256273&nseq=69

Robin Coombes, great photo:
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That's the one by Robin. The one by Steve, hadn't seen it before, woah!!

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Quick, hide that before Holloren Grade sees it.

As to the original shot -it's what I would expect to see if searching Corbis or any other stock photo site for a train shot.
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Quick, hide that before Holloren Grade sees it.
Lol - my thoughts exactly!

Seems we all have a dog in this fight.

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Well played, sir!

On that note, I had a "rail" photo rejected tonight after being stuck in Queue Purgatory for nearly 48 hours. Maybe I should have simply written a caption saying "holy bleep it's 175 lb rail!" without getting into all the details of how it doesn't actually host trains.
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While we're discussing the merits of that shot, it's hard to argue that this one isn't awesome, even if more typical --

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That is one ugly locomotive.
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Are locomotives ugly and beautiful?
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That is one ugly locomotive.
I'd rather see those than CSX GEVOs
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Are locomotives ugly and beautiful?
Yes. Those U-boat-whatever things are ugly. It's like the locomotive was punched in the nose. I had a model Chessie one when I was a kid and I hated it because of its ugliness.
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That shot isn't unlevel. period.

The shot was taken at a specific angle to create dynamic impact and better composition. An unlevel image is an image that is suppose to be level and isn't. This image is far from trying to be level. Great image by the way.
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That shot isn't unlevel. period.
Except by RP's standards in which the rejection is specifically "horizon unlevel".

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The shot was taken at a specific angle to create dynamic impact and better composition. An unlevel image is an image that is suppose to be level and isn't. This image is far from trying to be level. Great image by the way.
Therein lay the second part of my question. Certainly is makes an impact. Is it better for it? That is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, obviously the screener thought so, but often they reject images that are "creative" because they run afoul of the rules.

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Everyone gets hung up on this. RP has guidelines not rules. Guidelines fit the need for most photos but not all photos published or submitted. Final call is by the screener.
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Bingo. The "horizon unlevel" rejection is for when someone screws up a boring 3/4 wedgie. This shot is no boring 3/4 wedgie. I like it, and am glad (and jealous) Nick was able to check out the test and share some results with us.

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Bingo. The "horizon unlevel" rejection is for when someone screws up a boring 3/4 wedgie. This shot is no boring 3/4 wedgie.
Oh yea, you are right, I forgot that the guidelines only apply to "boring wedgies".

I find it amazing that tilting the camera 30 something degrees of level transforms what would be a "boring wedgie" to something dramatic and awe inspiring. If that was a GEVO it wouldnt have been accepted.

I can see why hey accepted this one, it's not glaringly bad.

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Anyone else seen the "horizon unlevel" album?

http://www.railpictures.net/album/276/
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I guess not everyone sees the world as straightforward as it is.
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Quick, hide that before Holloren Grade sees it.

As to the original shot -it's what I would expect to see if searching Corbis or any other stock photo site for a train shot.
That has been one of my favorites for a number of years.

It also shows the tight wads of rail photography that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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