Old 07-03-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
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I had this photo rejected over the weekend for Composition/Balance.

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I cropped it to please my eye. I would be interested in other opinions on how it should have been cropped or otherwise composed differently. The area I was shooting from did not offer a lot of other options (well, maybe lower-I was on a stepladder). I like to learn from rejections. This one is new to me so don't really know what I should take away from it.

I considered going vertical with it but it just didn't seem to "work" for me. Thanks in advance for advice.

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Old 07-03-2007, 01:47 AM   #2
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Jim,

The subject's too dead center in the image to work, and there might not be enough to get it to fit into the Rule of Thirds.

Do you have another shot where the train was a tad closer to you?
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Old 07-03-2007, 01:48 AM   #3
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Edit: Ween got to it before me
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Old 07-03-2007, 01:57 AM   #4
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Something more like:
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:06 AM   #5
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Jim,

The subject's too dead center in the image to work, and there might not be enough to get it to fit into the Rule of Thirds.

Do you have another shot where the train was a tad closer to you?
That is the closest shot I have of this one. There are a few longer ones. How does this crop look-is it an improvement or not? I feel like I am not including enough sky but I really want the little bit of water at the bottom.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:14 AM   #6
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I don't like the second option. If you want the water, vertical might be the way to go (unless you have a shot that has more room on the bottom):
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:24 AM   #7
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Sometimes we want to keep an element in a photo and become too committed to it. We think "bridge, must show water" but think what makes the better photo and let preconceived notions go. Your second shot technically meets the rule of thirds, but having the train in the top left corner sort of leaves the viewer wondering why was it framed that way. When the nose is 2/3 of the way into the shot, there's no wondering why it was shot that way. Go with Ween's first crop and you should have a winner.

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Old 07-03-2007, 05:30 AM   #8
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Hey Jim, I'll jump in with my two cents. I can see why you would like the original crop. And my reaction was - this guy has the same problem I do - an itchy trigger finger.
I kook at some of my pics and think "aw shoot, if I'd only waited another second before pushing the shutter button" . Another moment and you would have had the locomotive further on the bridge and into your "zone"

Eg. This would have been a much better shot if I had just waited an extra moment for the last unit to clear the tree.
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Here's my attempt... probably would be better if there was another one w/ the train further along.
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:51 AM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I will keep in mind that getting a shot with the train further along on the bridge would be a good idea if/when I shoot here again. I know that I was stuck on including the water, that was part of why I was perched on a stepladder when I took the shot. I will let this one ruminate in my head for a while before I decide how to proceed. You have given me a lot to think about.

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