Old 08-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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I tried to get the following shot in: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1116669949

Bad cropping. I figured it would happen somehow, because I don't usually do vertical crops, but that is what I was aiming for (A vertical crop).

I'd be very grateful if someone could give me some tips on how to better crop this shot.

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Old 08-19-2009, 04:36 PM   #2
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RP does not like square and near-square. If my calculations are right this one is 804x768 which is pretty close to square and in fact is a bit wider than tall, so not a vertical. Make it a true vertical by trimming the sides, especially the left (so as to move the engine off center a bit which is always a good thing). I find that 5:4 ratios are the most squarish one can go, or 4:5, whatever, so if you are at 768 vertical try 614 wide.

I generally submit verticals at 900 tall.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Keeping that in mind, I re-worked the shot to this... Is there anything that I can do to further improve the shot?

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Well, you might get nailed for what RP calls "backlit" - in this case, 1/2 of the nose is in shadow. Nothing you can do about that, give it a go and see what happens.

But my main question is why BW? This shot doesn't strike me as a good candidate. Now, that isn't so much a matter of RP acceptance as it is personal preference. And I haven't seen the color version. But why BW? Also, it looks a little flat, as though it were a grayscale or desaturization rather than a channel mix..
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Alright. I like both B&W and color, but now I see what you're saying.
Here's the color version.. I'm starting to lean towards this now.
Yes, it's a bit smaller, but should I go with this one, I'll make a larger version.
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Color is a hundred times better.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:49 PM   #7
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But my main question is why BW? This shot doesn't strike me as a good candidate...But why BW? Also, it looks a little flat, as though it were a grayscale or desaturization rather than a channel mix..
Agree, agree, a hundred times agree. There's no need for B&W with this shot.

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