Old 12-24-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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Hello all! Could this rejection be the result of oversharpening?

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Old 12-25-2006, 01:26 AM   #2
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To me, it looks like the loss of detail in the truck due to the extent of illumination (so lack of shadows to separate individual components of the truck) and the lack of color variation there. I've seen this problem in night shots before, but in the shots I have seen, the trucks are a much smaller part of the image.

Not being a illuminated-night shooter, I have no expertise to offer. But maybe try some selective contrast increase in the trucks?
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:58 PM   #3
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To me, it looks like the loss of detail in the truck due to the extent of illumination (so lack of shadows to separate individual components of the truck) and the lack of color variation there.
I agree. Could you have taken the shot using time exposure instead of illumination? I think that would yield better results.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:59 PM   #4
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It looks like you pointed headlights right at the locomotive, thus in effect making it look overexposed. I hate the word "thus." The heavy lights also makes it hard to contrast between the loco and the background.

I've shot at night using different methods, sometimes using lights only to get a focus and then using a long exposure to "light" the shot. Other times I will use the lights for a second or two on a 5 or 8 second shot. There's not really one way that will work everytime, esp. at night. So the best thing to do is to always shoot every way you can think of.

I will add that the framing of the shot leaves a lot to be desired to. There's not much to look at here.

Some examples of my night time shots --

This one was tricky. I was trying to light the pilot with my headlights, but it just never worked and Ifinally gave that up. The light to the side is coming off one street light.

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But on this one, I needed a little light on the pilot not only to bring the subject out a little, but to focus on the train. I don't remember the specifics, but I know I cut the headlights off during the exposure to come up with this.

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Sometimes you just can't put ANY light on the subject --

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I love night time photography. Sometimes I can shoot one stationary train for an hour or more, changing settings, waiting for a falling star or an airplane. As always with photography, sometimes the scene makes the shot as opposed to just the subject. *Thus* I try different things out there.


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Old 12-26-2006, 06:01 PM   #5
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I remember the SW900 outline from when it first appeared on RP. Very nice, Joe!
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Here is some examples of my night shots that made it in..

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This I used my head beams to light up the train, first time I ever tried it or even thought about it, I guess it worked well in this situation.

and the rest here, I used the ambient lighting and a longer shutter speed to capture detail.
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