Old 03-03-2017, 10:47 PM   #1
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Sorry for polluting the forums with my questions, but I'm trying to learn.

I am trying to master photos at dawn/dusk and I was wondering if any of you could offer some pointers on how to get shots that were intentionally backlit into the database.
This photo is s***, but it's in the same vein as my other pics.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...19&key=2296208

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Old 03-04-2017, 04:10 AM   #2
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You need to have some glint to make this type of a shot to work. If you are more at an angle to the train so that sun is shining off of the side of the train, that can get in. Here are a few that I have done, I'm sure there are better examples.

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/580071/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/512787/

Watch your exposure's as it is easy to blow out the side of the train.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:51 PM   #3
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I found one that had glint, but it got rejected for backlighting.

Should I appeal?
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...54&key=1063940
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:02 PM   #4
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You have some lens flare in the second one that doesn't help. It doesn't look real sharp either. I wouldn't appeal.
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Old 03-05-2017, 02:05 PM   #5
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Both photos share another problem: the nose of the train isn't just dark, it's lost against the dark mass of the bridge. This bridge/station might be OK at a different time of day, but not at sunrise.
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Both photos share another problem: the nose of the train isn't just dark, it's lost against the dark mass of the bridge. This bridge/station might be OK at a different time of day, but not at sunrise.
Agreed. I think that the issue with these photos is that there is relatively little train visible and the biggest part of what is visible is the dark nose. If the shot had been taken from further back and the train allowed to emerge into a lit area so that at least the side was lit up, the screener's decision might have been different. As-is, these images are a bit like photographing train which has yet to emerge from a dark tunnel.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:34 AM   #7
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Gotcha.
I was really shooting the bridge in those, and if I moved back at all, the platform end wall would have come into the picture.

Oh well. Such is photography
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