Old 03-05-2016, 02:07 AM   #1
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I basically grew up on a diet of backlighting, shooting steam in South Africa, and even though I've adapted over the years to shooting diesel & electric traction with light on the nose, I just cannot get my head around RP's take on backlighting

Good example, this rejection, taken about 25 min after sunrise, which I decided to convert to B&W because the light had lost it's orange glow.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...40&key=8076021

Any thoughts on this one and backlighting in general?

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Old 03-05-2016, 04:07 AM   #2
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backlit: I do not understand RP and never will

B/W: black and white is about, err, black and white. Where are the whites?

roller coaster: optical illusion, but looks like the tracks go nowhere

balance: heavy on the left side, very first thing I noticed, even before the optical illusion or the lack of tonal range. My eyes keep saying "aim left, aim left"!

All a matter of taste. But fix other things, to the screeners satisfaction and not mine, and the first impression will be stronger and as a result the screener may be more inclined to overlook back light
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:06 PM   #3
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Thanks Janusz, my main concern was the backlighting but I take your points on the other issues as well

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Old 03-06-2016, 11:28 PM   #4
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I completely agree. I think the photo in this thread should have been added it's quite interesting. I do agree too that there is a "what's to the left" feeling. But I can only intuit that the photographer was trying to keep the trains off center as well as capture the auto traffic below the elevated tracks to the right.

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Old 03-08-2016, 01:06 AM   #5
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.... But I can only intuit that the photographer was trying to keep the trains off center as well as capture the auto traffic below the elevated tracks to the right.....
Thanks Amtrakfan, I could not have said it better myself

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