Old 12-13-2007, 04:53 AM   #1
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I was out railfanning with my buddy Andrew Ryan yesterday, and he took this shot - since he had the better camera he shot while I held a big umbrella

My questions are:
1. Which crop is your favorite?
2. Is it good enough to try submitting again (got nixed for being too soft - I don't think it can handle any more USM)?







Again, those shots were taken by Andrew Ryan.
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Old 12-13-2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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I like the first one. I don't know how you sharpen a shot with that much water in it. I hope you find out because going out in bad weather gets us shots that can't be had sittin' in the lazy boy.
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:59 AM   #3
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I;m not sure about the aspect ratio of eithr shot, but I think there needs to be a happy medium between the first and second crops. You say it's already getting cnned for being too soft, so it might not be possible to crop tighter. I think there's too much sky nd too much room in front of the locomotive. I think there can be a polace for these types of shots on RO -- I'm not a screener though, so all this gets you is an opinion -- but I'm not sure this shot works here. It needs to be a tighter crop.


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Old 12-13-2007, 04:09 PM   #4
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Nick, I like the third shot out of the series. It gives the photo a good about of depth with a foreground, middle ground, and background. It also show's all the precip you guys have been having over the past couple of days.

OT but what camera does Andrew shoot with?
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The shot was taken with a Nikon D40 + kit lens.

Thanks for the input so far guys.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:21 PM   #6
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I think they are all all wet ... just kidding.

I like the pond in the foreground, but you need to loose some of the sky, so the train is not in the middle of the picture. Water (pond) is nice for reflection, but you have to get the camera really low, just above the surface of the water ... hard to do in the rain.

I don't think RP will accept it no matter what you do. The closer the train is to you, the less water (interference) there will be, and the more chance of acceptance.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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I like the 3rd crop. Maybe widen it just enough to catch that signal on the left side. That, and maybe bring the top down if needed, but I like it with the sky the way that it is. It helps enforce the mood of the photo, but definitely keep that foreground IMO. You guys earn an A for effort regardless.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:55 PM   #8
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I like the shot. It's moody. But it's unlike a lot of what I've seen on here. There seems to be a preferred aesthetic for this genre of photography, and shots that depart from it (no matter how interesting they are) don't make the cut.
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:56 PM   #9
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Nick nice shot I like the 2nd one the best.
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:20 AM   #10
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Just read what 'ddavies' wrote, its exactly what I was gonna say.
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Alright, thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it.
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Whoa, just REREAD what Dave wrote and I take back my last post. I like the third shot, but putting the train in the middle is a no-no. Crop out the majority of the sky and bring in the right side putting the train along an imaginary line a third from the top of the frame.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:27 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Whoa, just REREAD what Dave wrote and I take back my last post. I like the third shot, but putting the train in the middle is a no-no. Crop out the majority of the sky and bring in the right side putting the train along an imaginary line a third from the top of the frame.
When I saw you had replied the first time, I thought you were going to say something along these lines. This sounds more like you. Third is the crop I prefer as well, as the water in the foreground is a very effective aspect of the scene to go with the pouring rain.
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