Old 08-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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I submitted these two shots and both were rejected for/with PAQ.

My question: Why?

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I don't feel like these two shots are the worst the site has ever seen and I guess I don't know why they couldn't be included in the database.


I won't loose sleep over the rejections but I am a little curious what others think as to the reason for the rejection(s). Any thoughts out there?
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:21 PM   #2
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Wow, no idea. PAQ button is right next to the accept button?
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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My guess is they want the caboose shown as actively in service or have the photo taken in a fancy way.
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They are just roster shots of cabooses and roster shots are pretty boring, really. I'm just guessing that was their reasoning. Can you reshoot with more of a scene or do you have other pics?
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:57 PM   #5
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They are just roster shots of cabooses and roster shots are pretty boring, really. I'm just guessing that was their reasoning. Can you reshoot with more of a scene or do you have other pics?
Yep, I had 2 boring roster caboose shots accepted just this summer. Confused as to why yours didn't make it.

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Boring has NEVER been a criterion for RP rejection.

It may be that they are considered insufficiently perfect for a roster shot, which is held to a higher standard.
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Yep, I had 2 boring roster caboose shots accepted just this summer. Confused as to why yours didn't make it.
Really? Why?

Oh, lol - logic.

I checked the database - there are already no other pictures of those cabeese on RP. Do we really need another?

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The image quality on the first one leaves a fair bit to be desired. I see noise, oversharpened trees, and lacking contrast.

No idea on number 2.

Not exactly sure PAQ is right for the first one, but I would have hit it with something.

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Both shots are excellent, and they should have been accepted.

Because a shot is rejected doesn't always mean it has a flaw. Sometimes you guys are looking for reasons that don't even exist.
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So I'm sensing by the responses that nobody else sees "PAQ' either?

Perhaps not perfect in every technical way but man, give it a fixable rejection and I'll fix it from there and then accept it and move on. I just don't see "PAQ" either for two database shots of a few museum displays featuring one active always coupled and one none active cabeese.

They live on Flickr I guess. They accepted them as is. No questions asked.
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I see noise...and lacking contrast.

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Really? I tried "Auto Adjust", and it reduced the contrast. And yes, I know Auto Adjust isn't infallible.

And I wish the Noise Police would do us mere mortals a favor each time and tell us where to look!
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So I'm sensing by the responses that nobody else sees "PAQ' either?
Certainly not here! I mean, really, what says "railroad" more than an old caboose??? Even non-railfans like them.
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For the record, I like them. I was just trying to guess what the reasoning for PAQ may have been.

So if these make it, does that mean I can put this one on?

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For the record, I like them. I was just trying to guess what the reasoning for PAQ may have been.

So if these make it, does that mean I can put this one on?

Why not? It's a nice scene with a fallen flag caboose, and I love old grain elevators.
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Both shots are excellent, and they should have been accepted.

Because a shot is rejected doesn't always mean it has a flaw. Sometimes you guys are looking for reasons that don't even exist.
I'm with you. Even in my intoxicated state in my hotel room in downtown Denver, I can see that these shots are just fine. This is one of those times you want to hear the reasoning from the screener.
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And I wish the Noise Police would do us mere mortals a favor each time and tell us where to look!
I see noise in the caboose windows, the sky, and in the hole in the building above the roofline of the caboose. I'm not saying it's enough to be a rejection reason, but it's there. You all feel free to debate whether or not it should matter. I stick to what little bit of objective data there is in photography The presence of noise, and whether or not something is level.


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Why not? It's a nice scene with a fallen flag caboose, and I love old grain elevators.
PAQ'd.

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...is simply not the type of material we wish to publish.


Reason enough in my mind.

Then again as roster shots these are less than perfect and IMO roster shots require absolute perfection.
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Apparently at least one screener simply doesn't wish to publish photos of cabeese.

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...is simply not the type of material we wish to publish.


Reason enough in my mind.
Exactly.

The fact that other fallen flag preserved examples and museum roster shots were acceptable in the past is irrelevant.

Besides, you already have a shot of a northern line museum piece:

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Why would RP (or even you, for that matter) want another in the database!?? That's just crazy talk.


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Exactly.

The fact that other fallen flag preserved examples and museum roster shots were acceptable in the past is irrelevant.

Besides, you already have a shot of a northern line museum piece:

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Why would RP (or even you, for that matter) want another in the database!?? That's just crazy talk.


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Absolutely! Bandwidth must be preserved for gems like this:

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And yet 24 people were moved enough by it to favor it.

There's always someone out there that will like any photo. Where is the line drawn?

At the waters' edge at low tide I guess..

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And yet 24 people were moved enough by it to favor it.

There's always someone out there that will like any photo. Where is the line drawn?

At the waters' edge at low tide I guess..

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Well now, not every photo:
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I like J. E. Landrum's photo, btw!

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Uploaded well before the favorite system was implemented.

I'd dig through yours to find one on you, but I can't stomach looking at your photography for that long.

Your move pan boy.

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...Even in my intoxicated state in my hotel room in downtown Denver, I can see that these shots are just fine....
What's your room number? I need a drink.

I like Landrum's shot of the hand written sign as well. Don't get hung up on the wrong notion that a good railroad image always needs to have a train in it. In fact, the best ones usually don't include a train (IMHO).
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