Old 02-15-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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So, I've been trying a few of these lately. This one turned out well, I thought, but has been rejected for blurry. Is the plow what should be sharp? Should it be the front of the cab? Do I need to find something else to be sharp here? Also, what about the bridge? Do y'all find it annoying? Anyway... Thoughts?

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The difference I guess is that I'm even less perpendicular to the train than these.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:47 AM   #2
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I think the top of the cab (numberboards) is whats getting you.
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I think that more of the cab should be sharp. The numbers on the side of the cab are blurry, as well as the top of the cab. If the cab was sharp, the shot would be very nice. However, I have no idea if that is possible with one of these types of shots (since I've never tried a shot like this).
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My impression is that too little of the entire frame is in focus. Maybe if you cropped in a fair bit. I dunno. I haven't had much luck with these.
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Its a good start, it looks like you might have jiggled upward a touch during the pan. I'd go try it again, if you could. The bridge makes it look cool
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So, I've been trying a few of these lately. This one turned out well, I thought, but has been rejected for blurry. Is the plow what should be sharp? Should it be the front of the cab? Do I need to find something else to be sharp here? Also, what about the bridge? Do y'all find it annoying? Anyway... Thoughts?

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It's an excellent try--but not quite. I suggest you give it a few more tries, since you're very close to capturing the feel for this type of pan. Maybe a slightly faster shutter speed would improve things. Actually, most of the front of the unit, the cab, and the numberboards should be relatively sharp. A faster shutter speed might give you that without sacrificing the blur of everything else.

These shots are always hit or miss--no matter who you are, how many times you do it, or how long you've been shooting.

I made an attempt at one of these shots in California in 1995 using slide film. It's okay, but nothing to write home about:

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It's an excellent try--but not quite. I suggest you give it a few more tries, since you're very close to capturing the feel for this type of pan. Maybe a slightly faster shutter speed would improve things. Actually, most of the front of the unit, the cab, and the numberboards should be relatively sharp. A faster shutter speed might give you that without sacrificing the blur of everything else.

These shots are always hit or miss--no matter who you are, how many times you do it, or how long you've been shooting.

I made an attempt at one of these shots in California in 1995 using slide film. It's okay, but nothing to write home about:

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Thanks, Ron. I'll try again when I get the chance. I appreciate your input.
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And... someone liked it.

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So trying again to improve on it = appealing?

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Not exactly, but close. I personally think the plow being sharp is good. I will try one with the cab sharp and see how I like it sometime, but for now, this one is on.
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