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cpsigmtr 05-08-2007 12:04 AM

Help with this picture
What does this photo need


a231pacific 05-08-2007 12:15 AM

It needs darker midtones. It looks very flat and washed out. Fixing the mid-tones will help, but it's still back lit. Back lighting mainly works with really strong, low level back light, either glint or with late afternoon color in the light. I personally like back lighting more than the RP screeners do! ;-)

It also needs to have that annoying white pole like object on the left edge of the frame cropped out!

Michael Allen

socalrailfan 05-08-2007 10:58 PM

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I don't think it's backlit, side lit? sure. When you have half the front wedge in the sun it should be approved, that's going on all my approvals that look the same. Also look at the first auto carrier there's sun on the front of it. As far as the photo, to me it's a bit blurry and lacked saturation and some basic level adjustment. My take on it.

Joe the Photog 05-09-2007 12:22 AM


Originally Posted by cpsigmtr

Three fewer wide cabs would help!


Failing that, I would take Michael and Dave's advice and go more in that vien. It looks like basic post processing will fix it, a little more color, more sharpening, etc. I've actually only seen one Canadian Pacific wide cab and two of the CEFX bluebirds, so they're welcome down in Lower Carolina anytime!


cpsigmtr 05-09-2007 12:34 PM

What exactly does back lit mean and how do I stop it.

JimThias 05-09-2007 12:59 PM


Originally Posted by cpsigmtr
What exactly does back lit mean and how do I stop it.

God is the only one who could actually "stop it." ;-)

Being back lit pertains to the angle of the sun/lighting in relation with the subject. Any time the nose of a loco isn't fully lit, it can be either referred to as back lit or side lit. I think in your case, and I agree with Dave, the train in side lit. If it were truly back lit, there would be NO sun on the nose.

However, according to the exact wording of the rejection, I don't think you should take the back lit rejection literally:


Poor lighting (Backlit): The image is backlit or doesn't feature enough nose light on the subject.
"or doesn't feature enough nose light on the subject" could easily suggest that it's side lit and they don't think there's enough light on the nose.

socalrailfan 05-13-2007 12:40 AM

It's a good photo for your collection, but it's not a great photo with the cloudy skies and side sun. Don't feel bad we all get rejected for no reason at one time or another! :-D

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