Old 08-14-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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After trying to get a photo up this morning, it was rejected for poor cropping. Just looking for any advice for the future/what I can improve. Would a vertical shot/crop have worked better? Thanks everyone!

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Old 08-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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A vertical crop would work a lot better. Crop out all the dead space on either side, and see how it works.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:07 PM   #3
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I thought the same thing as "Railfan Ohio" Cody. Too much dead space all around the locomotive. Too much sky, too many trees, too many slums of Willard. Crop tighter to the power, or try a vertical crop.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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Here is a crop suggestion.
I don't know how well your original would stand up to this heavy crop; that could be a problem.
Even if EQ is good after the crop, it might not get in because of the weak light and blah color.
This angle at dawn or dusk, which ever gets great light, would work very well.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:48 PM   #5
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The shot also looks a bit bright, and soft from here. May want to darken it a bit, sharpen, and add a tad bit of saturation. And, of course, the cropping. You may also need to go to the original image and take a better crop, before resizing; as the image may be a tad small. However, when cropping out of the original shot, make sure to maintain image quality.

Maybe something like this. (Attachment Below).

EDIT: Meant for that to be a vertical crop, as it is now.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:27 PM   #6
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Alright, before I try again, the vertical crop DID get rejected for undersharpened and contrast:

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Before trying again, how does this look? I sharpened it and played around a bit with the saturation/brightness as suggested.

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Old 08-15-2009, 03:11 AM   #7
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Check that your histogram is even as possible. Then add contrast I think. The light is so blah as it is.
Sharpness is usually judged as how clear the number boards are. They look soft to me. So I dunno.
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Sorry, but I am not sure if this can be sharpened enough - it is starting to look like poor image quality.

It also needs more cropping, I would take more off both sides and cut down the sky to at least the top of that white antennae on the left hand side, unfortunately cropping in even more will not help the image quality
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