Old 05-09-2011, 06:29 AM   #1
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Uploaded May 30, 2010, earned PCA #2:
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Uploaded April 30, 2011, earned PCA #1:
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They're both great photos, and I certainly can't begrudge other photogs for replicating what's likely a commonly-composed image (I'd do it in a heartbeat if I ever go there); I just think it's hilarious two all-but-identical shots earned PCAs.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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The first one is so much better quality/exposure.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #3
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Darn... I thought Chase and I held the secret recipe to STP PCA's..

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:00 PM   #4
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Am I the only one who sees this when I look at this image?



I am sure a lot of you will know were this is from or at least where you saw it.
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I can still hear the theme...

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Old 05-11-2011, 05:42 PM   #6
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Been done before - same photographer, two different dates, both PCA 1's:

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Image © SIMON Daniel
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The more the merrier. I said it before and I'll say it again....

How can you claim you have the best photos on the 'Net if you
only accept the first photos posted on the 'Net.

Each has it's own slight nuance and it's interesting to see what
those slight differences make.

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Old 05-11-2011, 06:24 PM   #8
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People have such short memories.
Yes and no.

Yes, they have short memories.

No, maybe some remember but judge each individual image on it's own merit.

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Old 05-11-2011, 07:04 PM   #9
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All you need to do around here is to take a silhouette-y shot and apply the "RP SC" filter, should be buried in a menu in photoshop somewhere:

Image © Jeff Robertson
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Image © Ted Smith-Peterson
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Image © Craig Williams
PhotoID: 339441
Photograph © Craig Williams

Image © Kevin Sheridan
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Photograph © Kevin Sheridan

Image © SIMON Daniel
PhotoID: 286883
Photograph © SIMON Daniel

Image © John Benner
PhotoID: 285608
Photograph © John Benner

Image © Brett Wirick
PhotoID: 284068
Photograph © Brett Wirick

Image © Craig Williams
PhotoID: 280888
Photograph © Craig Williams

Image © Ryan D. Humphrey
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Image © Aaron J. Border
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Image © Craig Williams
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Image © Craig Williams
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I may have missed one or two, or four, or twenty, ...
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All you need to do around here is to take a silhouette-y shot and apply the "RP SC" filter, should be buried in a menu in photoshop somewhere...
I located that filter in an earlier version of Photoshop but it seems it's been removed completely from editions available in the Northeast.... Next time I'm out West, I'll have to pick up a copy at a local Best Buy or similar.

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I located that filter in an earlier version of Photoshop but it seems it's been removed completely from editions available in the Northeast.... Next time I'm out West, I'll have to pick up a copy at a local Best Buy or similar.

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Nah, that is a technique (silhouetting) and that is perfectly good because if you notice all the images have a unique silhouette.

What I think is lame is to look at someone's shot and then go stand in exactly the same place at the same time of day and basically shoot the same shot.

The OP's two examples are pretty much that way, except the second one is a little wider depth of field.

Now if the second person didn't know about the first image then that is ok too, but if a person looks through the DB and recreates the shots that are already there, then that is what is lame.

That is why I shot this:

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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So that I go join the 100's of people that have pulled off the road and waited for a train to come by and then posted an image like this one here on this and several other web sites - like it is hard to make this shot.

At least I put the plant in there for some contrast.

And in this one I had some snow (notice my Rabbit Bush has died back):

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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But you know, if people want to look at this stuff, I could sit there in a yard chair on almost any day and produce images that look like this.


Same with this place (I was sitting in a yard chair when I took it.):

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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Oh, and if you turn around you get this:

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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And if you look strait up the hill you get this (yard chair - see avatar):

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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When I go to a whored out photo spot, I try and figure out how I can make something different out of the place so it doesn't look like all the other shots on the Internet.

Such as here:

Image © EL ROCO Photography
PhotoID: 362385
Photograph © EL ROCO Photography


I took a picture of the rock and put a train in front of it.

or here:

Image © EL ROCO Photography
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That is across the tracks from Hill 582.

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I should feel honored I guess, people (person anyway) are starting to whore my locations, lol. And getting SC's for it to boot. (different angle anyway)
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Kind of neat to see that.
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I should feel honored I guess, people (person anyway) are starting to whore my locations, lol. And getting SC's for it to boot. (different angle anyway)
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Kind of neat to see that.
But that is a good example of how it should be done.

It is a shot of the same objects in the same place, but it is clearly not the same shot.
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But that is a good example of how it should be done.

It is a shot of the same objects in the same place, but it is clearly not the same shot.
But why should there be rules? Its just a hobby after all. For example the MP 23.5 bridge on the Northshore Mining Railroad. It is THE NSM shot, but even so, I still like it, and while there is nothing wrong with changing it up, why should I "have" to?

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