Old 01-21-2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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I'm starting to get the hang of processing pics through PSE-7 for uploading here. Previously I was using Picasa for awhile, which was becoming frustrating, because probably 85% of my rejects ultimately resulted from bad post-processing.

The night shot of the Geep I probably won't upload, because IMO the composition isn't that great. I went through the post-processing anyway, because I needed the practice. I'm looking for feedback on my processing job, more than on the photo itself.

The pan shot of the CSX unit was mostly a physchological victory for me - it had a lot of dust spots and I finally figured out how to get rid of them using the Clone Stamp tool. Same deal here - looking for some feedback as to how I did getting to this point from the raw file. However, I may upload this one, so while I have your attention, is the crop too tight? Unfortunately, I do not have any more on the ends to work with, but the location isn't far from the house so I can do it again.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #2
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I like the first photo, I just wish the tank car wasn't there. It's obstructing a good portion of the locomotive, and in my opinion, I find that sorta distracting.

The second one is good, despite the poor lighting, but the crop is too tight on the rear of the lead locomotive. You almost cut off the stairs.

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Old 01-21-2010, 08:00 PM   #3
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Out of the two, I'd rather see the first one in the database as it shows a shortline at night. Just park the engine anywhere and we'll be back tomorrow. The tank car adds to the scene and makes it more interesting than just a roster shot. Plus, it's not like you can just hop up and move an engine whenever you need a clearer shot....

The processing on the second one is good (gotta love those dust spots on pan shots, one of the reasons why I got an ND filter), but I don't think the photo will make RP. Both the nose and back of the engine look blurry, with the C in CSX being the sweet spot. If you do it again, any way to get further back to help get the entire engine in focus?

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Not a fan of the night shot, the tank car is too crowded on the right edge and the bright spot there takes the eye away from the center - would have been nicer if done wider. In general I'd prefer wider because a night roster doesn't interest me much, and a night obstructed roster less so, yet the shot doesn't really show the setting to give a better sense of why the engine is parked there. So I see the potential to capture what Chris is talking about but I disagree that this one has succeeded.

I don't do enough at night to comment authoritatively on the color (my personal reaction is oversaturated on blue), but the rest of processing looks fine.

Processing on the second looks fine, I agree with the others on the content.
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Your are right about Picasa. It is frustrating and limited. I just got PSE-7, but I am having trouble getting started. How do you resize images to the right size for RP?
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How do you resize images to the right size for RP?
Click on Image --> Resize, then resize to whatever you want. I think 1024x768 is the ideal setting for RP.Net.

When I was just getting into digital, I too was having issues with processing. Kevin Madore's reply to a post I made here:
http://forums.railpictures.net/showthread.php?t=10391
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Here is my first try. What else should I do with it? I was experimenting with noise reduction, but it didn't seem to do much.
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Here is my first try. What else should I do with it? I was experimenting with noise reduction, but it didn't seem to do much.
I am not sure what you did, but here is what PSE 3 does, max noise reduction Strength (10), minimum Preserve Details (0), maximum Reduce Color Noise (100). It does a lot if you want it to.
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I tried to preserve details at 62 so the image quality didn't come out bad. Guess I could go down a little more, although it might not turn out as good as I would hope.
By the way, is the shot too grainy for RP?
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