Old 03-31-2016, 05:02 AM   #1
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Had this one rejected for "Subject too far away" -

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I'd cropped it that way to emphasise how small the train was.Does anyone have any idea of a tighter crop,with the train larger in the frame ? I've played around with it and failed to come up with anything I like.

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Old 03-31-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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The busy foreground probably killed this one. Even if you overcame that somehow, a rejection for "obstructed" might be next, unfortunately.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:46 AM   #3
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I'd cropped it that way to emphasise how small the train was.
A distant shot is probably not the best way to emphasize small size. A small subject with large objects in the foreground will only emphasize distance.

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Could have made a cool shot of the boat here.


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Old 03-31-2016, 01:46 PM   #5
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Dave,

I think that if it were a steam-powered train with a big smoky plume, you might have had a chance. If this is to be a train picture, the viewer's eyes need a reason to go to the train. A nice steam/smoke plume would bring them there. In this case, I actually had to stare at the image for a couple of seconds before I found the train, and as others have said, that train has its whole bottom half obstructed.

Not being an "artsy-fartsy" type, I never quite understood what photographers meant when they said a photo either "worked" or "didn't work." Slowly, I am figuring some of that out. For a photo to "work", the subject needs to be sort of obvious, and in this case, it isn't.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:50 PM   #6
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A neat scene and interesting location but I think a more standard photo from where the autos are parked with the train and the pier would be better. As it is that enclosed box thing right inline with the train kills it for me.

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Not being an "artsy-fartsy" type, I never quite understood what photographers meant when they said a photo either "worked" or "didn't work." Slowly, I am figuring some of that out. For a photo to "work", the subject needs to be sort of obvious....


Well, I have a different take on the concept of "it works." To me it means I feel some emotional connection or impact. Often the subject isn't something tangible, but more like a feeling you get looking at it. Or, it tells a little story.

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To be honest, my eyes had to search quite a bit to even find the train. It definitely wasn't apparent at first glance.
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Oh well - another day,another chance. Thanks for the advice and your views on the subject.
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