Old 09-09-2009, 01:56 AM   #1
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How would you crop this? I was trying to include the pond scum. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:16 AM   #2
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Why are you including the pond scum? If you want to keep it, mention it in the caption or the note to screener so it doesn't look like a poorly cropped shot to the screener.

Personally, I think you can take off a little off the right and bottom and still keep enough of the pond in if you want it.

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Old 09-09-2009, 03:03 AM   #3
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Why are you including the pond scum? If you want to keep it, mention it in the caption or the note to screener so it doesn't look like a poorly cropped shot to the screener.

Personally, I think you can take off a little off the right and bottom and still keep enough of the pond in if you want it.

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I mainly kept the pond scum in, because it is the only real photo prop of the scene. Without the pond, this shot becomes another standard 3/4 wedgie. I will try to recrop, and resubmit, and see what happens. Thanks for the input.
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I'm thinking - crop out the dead branch on the foreground shrub on the r/h side, and as Chris said, put in a note to the screener.
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I mainly kept the pond scum in, because it is the only real photo prop of the scene. Without the pond, this shot becomes another standard 3/4 wedgie.
Honestly, I don't think the pond even works as a prop. When I look at the photo my eye is immediately drawn to the bright orange stripes at left, and without a conscious effort to study what's going on the entire right half of the image comes a giant dark green blob.
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Assuming this is your train and you stopped it here (otherwise why are you on the ROW, on the ballast to boot!), for next time I suggest stopping a bit sooner, getting yourself farther down the slope and closer to the other end of the pond, and see if you can make something of the water plants at that end along with the scum, with the train above you, with wide angle. Just a thought, no idea if it can work. The idea is that you put greater compositional weight on the pond by getting up close and by working with the plants in addition to the scum.
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First of all - I was at a grade crossing. I was not on railroad property. Secondly, I cannot shoot from the other side of the pond. It is wooded. This is about the only view you can get. Third of all, I DID leave a note to the screener in the initial submission.

To DWHonan - I don't know what you really think I should shoot in this location, but I think having the pond scum is better than just having a generic 3/4 wedge shot. We may not agree, but that is my personal opinion.
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I'm talking about the same side of the pond, you get lower so that the pond has some more presence, you get closer to the plants so they have some more presence, at a cost of having the train high in the scene. But as you are not on or going on the ROW the suggestion is moot.

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I'm talking about the same side of the pond, you get lower so that the pond has some more presence, you get closer to the plants so they have some more presence, at a cost of having the train high in the scene. But as you are not on or going on the ROW the suggestion is moot.

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I see what you're saying, and I do believe it might work. I'll try to recrop this one, and see what happens (I'm waiting to get my "uploads" for the day back). If it doesn't work, then I'll let it go, and try something new if I'm ever up that way again, chasing a Wheeling & Lake Erie train.
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Is this thread about this pic?
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Yes it is!

Thanks for all of the help! I guess the appeal is what did it.
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