Old 03-16-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am a total amateur when it comes to photography. I am still working on getting my first photo into RP. I thought that I had a pretty good chance with the following picture, but got rejected for bad cropping.

If someone could explain to me why it is a bad crop, I would appreciate it. Hopefully I can learn and improve my future photos.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=352327039

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Old 03-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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It's a roster shot, and they have to be pretty much flawless to get on this site, especially when they're of yet another NS -9.
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Looks like a bit of a tight crop. I'm surprised it didn't get the "bad angle" reject as well. Looks like you had some decent light. Perhaps you shoot a bit more wide next time, and capture more of the train?

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Old 03-16-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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Hi everyone, I am a total amateur when it comes to photography. I am still working on getting my first photo into RP. I thought that I had a pretty good chance with the following picture, but got rejected for bad cropping.

If someone could explain to me why it is a bad crop, I would appreciate it. Hopefully I can learn and improve my future photos.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=352327039

Thanks,

Tim
The dimensions are 1024x639 while shots accepted are generally between 1024x680 to 1024x768. You cropped too much off the top and bottom and didn't leave much breathing room for the subject. It also appears to be slightly oversharpened at least for my tastes.
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Tim,

Looks like you have a good understanding of light...aside from the oversharpening and image dimension things (easily controllable during post-processing), it looks like you're well on your way to having success here!
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Tim, I agree with Chris (aka Ween) that you seem to have the lighting down, so let's improve the rest of the photo. Everyone on RP knows what an NS widecab looks like, so show us what Wentzville, Missouri, looks like with a train going through. Looking at the satellite photos, the railroad cuts right through the heart of town with plenty of buildings on either side to include. There's also a grain elevator in town. Show us more than just the first engine and you'll probably have better luck. Looking forward to more shots soon.

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Old 03-16-2009, 09:07 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. This train actually caught me by surprise. I was waiting for a Westbound to leave the GM plant yard. I just happened to look to the West when I saw the gates go down. The Eastbound (subject photograph) was moving at a pretty good clip and I barely had enough time to get this shot. The reason for the crop is there was another car parked next to me. I had to zoom in to remove most of the car, but a small corner of the hood was still visible in the original photo. I had to lose the aspect ratio in order to get rid of the hood. I will also tone down the sharpening next time.

Thanks again for the comments.
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