Old 11-16-2004, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default I have my first pic accepted!!!

A rarity these days is an unpatched SP engine. My picture was accepted. but the other 2 of the head end of the train were rejected though.
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I also need cropping advice on this one. I recropped twice but still rejected.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=67058
the original posted pic:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=67049

this one was bad angle:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=67050

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Old 11-16-2004, 04:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cropping

For your first photo, I'd suggest cropping a bit from the left and right sides. Just a little bit off the sides should do the job. The shadow on the nose is a bit dark too, probably better to wait for more favorable lighting at that location.

Looks like a nice location, I'd go back there and shoot a few more!


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Old 11-16-2004, 07:24 PM   #3
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The lead engine's pilot and nose in the first photo are backlit. Composition is good but the photo seems grainy to me. Your second photo, although well lit, is a front coupled roster shot. Railpictures generally doesn't like front coupled shots.
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Old 11-16-2004, 08:09 PM   #4
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For your first photo, I'd suggest cropping a bit from the left and right sides. Just a little bit off the sides should do the job. The shadow on the nose is a bit dark too, probably better to wait for more favorable lighting at that location.

Looks like a nice location, I'd go back there and shoot a few more!


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I tried recropping again this time a little more sky and less on the sides. still another rejection. I wish those rejection messages were more helpful. I feel like I'm on a wild goose chase with this.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=67106

If i crop the sides too much than i loose the pretty spring colored trees and the hill on the left. then it looses the effect i had. any suggestions?
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:59 AM   #5
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The left side looks good to me, but I'd take a little off the top, and also a tiny bit from the right. The nose is still dark, can you lighten that any?

The rejection reasons don't give you a lot of detail, but keep in mind that the screeners here go through many, many photos every day and need a system that allows them to do so without spending too much time per photo.

Even if you don't get this photo accepted, don't get discouraged. Just keep shooting and submitting photos and soon you'll get the feel for how RP.net likes their photos to appear.

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Old 11-17-2004, 09:03 PM   #6
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Good photos but they always seem a little soft to me. Why is that? What type of camera are you using?
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Old 11-18-2004, 02:13 AM   #7
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Eric, I see you are realatively new to RP.net. I am still just a few months new myself, and viewing your photo's reminds me of my first dozen rejections... I would like to brush up some info for you that I have learned. Regarding the three photo's on your first post, you have a coming, a going away, and an end shot:

Coming: As mentioned by Guilford350, the front of the train is dark. The screener's will generally reject shadowed locos, especially when the shadow is on the nose.

Going away: (rejected for bad angle) The style of photo's preferred by RP staff, do not include going away shots, unless there is a special train featured, or other content in the photo that makes it interesting, or rare.

End: In the end shot, the loco happens to face the camera, and is lit by the sun. If this was a train coming toward you, this would be an example of the composition preferred at RP. Congratulations on your 1st acceptance!

I would also like to include, that cropping is one of the biggest issues facing photo submitter's. Many times I have re-cropped a photo several times, to receive another reject reason (such as too dark) which resulted in a rejected photo all together. I thought, that if the photo was too dark to begin with, and ultimately the reason it wouldn't be accepted, that they would give that reason first. I don't know how they place the order of rejection reasons on a photo, but I'll tell you what, after cropping a "trash" photo to get proper viewing content, I learned better on how to crop a photo.
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