Old 05-05-2016, 01:20 AM   #1
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Image © Frank Keller
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This is a phenomenal photo, don't get me wrong...

BUT...

How could you miss that tree branch???
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:01 AM   #2
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If you mean the way that tree branch appears to "touch" the nose of the lead locomotive, I agree that one of the previous frames (hopefully, he shot more than one) would probably be preferable to this one. I have learned that the phenomenon we are discussing is called a "merge". The goal is to avoid having major elements appear to "touch" and certainly not have an element partially obscure the subject.

All of that said, if you look hard enough, you can find flaws with any image, which is why I tend to only look hard at mine. Frank's shot is a pretty one.
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It's a pretty awesome shot...the view, the scenery, the lighting...ridiculous! But if it were mine and that was the only frame I had, it would bug the living hell out of me for the rest of my life. This is why I ALWAYS machine-gun it!
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THIS LOOKS LIKE A JOB FOR:

THE BRANCH MANAGER

& his trusty assistant!



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Old 05-05-2016, 12:47 PM   #5
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I can't imagine that was his ONLY shot, so something really must have been screwed up with the other exposures (exposure, OOF, SOMETHING)

I would have "fixed" it before submitting if that was the only thing I had to work with.
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I would note all the great photos coming from Alaska and without judging whys or wherefore's I can say sometimes I go though all the steps of selection, processing, uploading concentrating on all the do's and don't of this site and then finally looking at the photo I after I uploaded which I always do and saying
"Oooops" and delete the upload.

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For me the main flaw in an otherwise gorgeous shot is the too-bright rock in the lower left. I would have selected that area and knocked it down a bit.

Of course, I would probably have mucked up the capture to begin with.
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This is why I ALWAYS machine-gun it!
I'm with you Jim. 10 fps, 75 frame buffer. Don't capture the subject. Gun it down!
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I'm with you Jim. 10 fps, 75 frame buffer. Don't capture the subject. Gun it down!
I third Jim, I almost always machine gun it too.
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.....But if it were mine and that was the only frame I had, it would bug the living hell out of me for the rest of my life. This is why I ALWAYS machine-gun it!
I know what you mean, Jim. I still get upset with myself when I think about some of my shots that eluded greatness because I overlooked one critical thing. Of course back in the day when you didn't have a motor drive, you either had to be right on the money, or have the fastest thumb in the West if you hoped to get more than one good image of a (fast) moving train.
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It's certainly a great setting and well composed shot but, like others have commented on "that branch". When I first opened up the thumbnail my eyes went right to the lead engine and branch. Maybe it got in on appeal or something as with all the nit picking on shots at times one would think this wouldn't get by, but I do recall seeing another NEAT location shot get in with some "branch clutter " in the way.

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I know what you mean, Jim. I still get upset with myself when I think about some of my shots that eluded greatness because I overlooked one critical thing. Of course back in the day when you didn't have a motor drive, you either had to be right on the money, or have the fastest thumb in the West if you hoped to get more than one good image of a (fast) moving train.
Ron, so true and I can remember back in the slide days counting shots and planning on when I would have to change films! There was also the case of budgeting the amount of film too ��. How digital has changed that task which seems crazy now looking back. Oh yes, 36 shots and reload and it was worse if I had some 24 exposure. What a laugh if that was the case now.

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It is possible that he just got to the spot with the train imminent (been there, done that).
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