Old 09-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default The easy answer....

would be to reduce the brightness a little and resubmitt, as I have done twice now. But I feel like if I do that again, it would be too dark then.

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Old 09-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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The road and sky are blown out. How bad is the original?

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Well, I'd say you are just plain wrong!

Seriously, that road surface is awfully bright for an overcast day. I think there might be a fix but it isn't going to be as simple as just moving one slider. You need to look at brightness and contrast and midtones and highlights also. Also, the foliage looks sort of weirdly flat, and a bit bright. The whole scene seems off.
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The whole scene seems off.
Nailed it.

I think Joe screwed the pooch in post process.. lol

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I'll take a look when I get home. the original is not that far off. The trees might be suffering from a bout of shadow and lighlightness. I'll give that a look too.

And before Troy says anything, the paint scheme looked better to me in person than photographs I had seen of it. I still hate when railroads intialize themself though.
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I wonder what is that little grey inverted triangle in the upper left corner
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I wonder what is that little grey inverted triangle in the upper left corner
I'll fix that, too. I had cropped out a railroad crossing sign there that was seen from the side.
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I'll fix that, too. I had cropped out a railroad crossing sign there that was seen from the side.
Ok. It's hardly noticeable, I just needed to take my eyes off that paint scheme
Looks like an interesting operation to photograph (if it's this railroad): http://www.gsmr.com/
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The road is totally blinding, Joe, that's an easy fix... surprised you didnt see that.

I had a head scratcher yesterday for overexposed, I just bit my lip, pulled the slider down a tad and resubmitted rather than stew about it.

But yours is pretty obvious.

On a separate note, when did they start painting units like that? I saw some really ugly black and green ones a while back recently repainted, did they come to their senses and paint them a better scheme?
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On a separate note, when did they start painting units like that? I saw some really ugly black and green ones a while back recently repainted, did they come to their senses and paint them a better scheme?
They have four diesels now and four paint schemes. Other than this one, there is the black one and the green one adn one should still be around in the earlier version, although I haven't heard anyone mention it in a while.
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would be to reduce the brightness a little and resubmitt, as I have done twice now. But I feel like if I do that again, it would be too dark then.

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That railroad used to look so perfect. The Red-yellow-red scheme worked so well in the Smokies.
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They have four diesels now and four paint schemes. Other than this one, there is the black one and the green one adn one should still be around in the earlier version, although I haven't heard anyone mention it in a while.
I was not too far from there on the 24th and 25th, but the timing just didnt work out to go out and check them out. I did drive through the yard in Dillsboro, I had heard they were going to re-start trains all the way into Dillsboro, but that is not happening. I had seen pictures of the black one and the green one, supposedly they were also going to paint one in a Tuscan red color, I guess that didnt happen. I thought they were pretty bland and lacked inspiration. I like the blue one alot, although the last scheme looked fine, and the rolling stock I assume is all that color? The last time I was able to shoot it was 2011 and it was all still the maroon/gold color which I thought looked pretty classy.

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That railroad used to look so perfect. The Red-yellow-red scheme worked so well in the Smokies.
I dont know about perfect, but it looked pretty damn good. Their original scheme iirc was some sort of red and blue with white lettering.

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I dont know about perfect, but it looked pretty damn good. Their original scheme iirc was some sort of red and blue with white lettering.
Some might say it was weird but I liked it. Lol


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I understand this is a rare/unusual train/move, but the light really sucks.

I'd put it aside.
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I believe Troy means the paint scheme after the red, yellow and blue...

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Not that one, this one:

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And now we're onto this --

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Now the entire scene looks powdery.
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too much contrast or oversharpened or something. makes my eyes hurt.
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What Jim said. Joe, maybe you are just off your game today? Maybe just put this one aside for a few days and take a fresh look then?
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Now everyone can tell me why it shouldn't have been accepted.

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No offense but this should go in the "huh?" thread
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I would have lowered brightness more on the road/ballast, it's still almost glowing.

I can live with the sky, as there is so little of it to fuss about.

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No offense but this should go in the "huh?" thread
I dont think it belongs in the "best rail photos on the net?" thread, the only thing that belongs there now is discussion of guns, murder, socioeconomic theory and other non-rail related topics
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To answer the question, the photo BADLY needs contrast or something. Not quite sure what but the road is so blown out and the trees, omg the trees, they are a sickly color.
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It occurs to me that, whatever is making the road/ground so bright is also making it reflective a bit, or glowing, and that light goes up onto the engine and onto the leaves and creates a bit of funkiness in the overall light.

Sensible, or stupid? You be the judge!
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