Old 02-25-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy First rejections in awhile...

I have been fortunate that most of my stuff has been getting in on the first try.
I know these were more edgy; but I submitted them anyway.
They were rejected but not for the reasons I thought.
I need fresh eyes to give an opinion.
Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-25-2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Looks link something in the hyperlink is messed up. Try these:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=162830418
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:46 PM   #4
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First of all, very nice. Second, it can be difficult for the photographer and the screener to come to an agreement as to what constitutes appropriate light, when light is weak. And, when the air is full of snow, it is tough to judge the appropriate level of contrast - you may want to up it a bit on these and see how it looks. And upping it makes the bright end of the histogram a bit brighter, which helps with overall brightness. But ultimately it is up to you to decide if the brightness is correct.

As for the specific images, I would definitely crop the bottom and left side of the first shot (2 trains). Lots of dead space. The second one, it seems, even accounting for the snow falling, that it is not very sharp - did you focus manually? And it's a pretty big headlight blob. But the trackside sign is interesting. So I'm ambivalent about it.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:30 PM   #5
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Regardless of how you edit the photo, do something about that watermark! It is way too pronounced and is the first thing my eyes are drawn to - on both images.
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I don't think they're too dark, they just need more contrast. Try bumping up the contrast until the snow on the ground is whiter, then you should have more of a winner.
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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I followed the suggestions here. I brightened up the image and added contrast, cropped a little, toned down the watermark.

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The close-up of the locomotive I self-screen out. It was not sharp enough and I had problems with the headlight.

You all know the problem of needing fresh eyes. They are needed to see what is wrong since you have staring at the image so long you can't see it. That's what I needed here.

I want to sincerely thank all of you who took time out of their day to help me. I'm the better for it. And it's one of the reasons that makes this site so terrific.

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Old 02-27-2008, 12:32 AM   #8
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Just remember that when you are done, the snow in the image should be white ...

Head-on shots are really hard in low-light conditions. I try to shoot more from the side under those conditions.
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