Old 09-21-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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I can't seem to get the hang of appropriate cropping, it's been my theme of rejection this week. First two have already been rejected for bad cropping, let me ask for advise on the second two as well before submitting. Any suggestions?

(1) attempt #2 (compare attempt #1)

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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Skip them all. Nothing real spectactular about an engine and a couple cars. Next time try to include more of the train in your composition.

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback.

Although sometimes there isn't much more to the train -- I actually included 2/3 of train #2
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I agree with Loyd. On the first shot, I prefer your first attempt over the second one. On the that one, I'd add some to the right and the top if possible. I'd be surprised to see the shot get on RP with the bush blocking a big chunk of the lead unit.

On the VIA ones from the overpass, I'd try and include the entire train, and some sky.

Your third shot shot basically suffers from the same issues as the first.
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Regarding 2 and 4, RP has a strong preference on a wedgie shot for seeing the entire trailing train.
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It's tough getting shots on RP if you don't have the best of shooting backdrops. Keep trying like myself and eventually you'll have a RP portfolio.

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On the VIA ones from the overpass, I'd try and include the entire train, and some sky.
Bingo! Dan nailed it. We all know what a train looks like, we don't need an up-close look, so show us more of the scene. Is there a sky above the train? Are the tracks surrounded by farmland? Is there a herd of animals in the field? Any interesting buildings or bridges in the distance? Go wider and give your shots a feeling of place, rather than a nondescript closeup.

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