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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-09-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By KevinM
The rejections in that signal bridge shot leave...

The rejections in that signal bridge shot leave me scratching my head. I wonder what the 4 reasons were this time? It's not my site, so my view doesn't count, but I consider that shot far more...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-08-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Posted By KevinM
This is a difficult image, Dave. YES, there are...

This is a difficult image, Dave. YES, there are a fair number of things obscuring the train. These include terrain and even the locomotive plume. But that's not the real problem. The problem is...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-01-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By KevinM
I use the 3:5 crop a LOT. There are plenty of...

I use the 3:5 crop a LOT. There are plenty of images with a ton of featureless foreground or sky that benefit immensely from using that crop. I don't recall how well the To24 or SC slots on the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-27-2021, 03:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By KevinM
Wow, that's actually a pretty nice image. I am a...

Wow, that's actually a pretty nice image. I am a bit surprised they didn't overlook any minor compositional flaws and just accept it. It's far more interesting than the endless parade of...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-24-2021, 01:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By KevinM
If you are paying for the Adobe Creative Cloud...

If you are paying for the Adobe Creative Cloud and your version of Lightroom does not edit raw photos, I would contact Adobe. I would not continue to pay them until they resolve the issue. Unless...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-23-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By KevinM
Rut ro.......:shock: I hate to pile on,...

Rut ro.......:shock:

I hate to pile on, but I have to agree that the second version definitely did not help your cause. I would put this picture aside. Further submissions might get you...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-16-2021, 01:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By KevinM
A few quick thoughts: Trestles with railings...

A few quick thoughts:

Trestles with railings are probably not going to fly with a close-up shot like this, particularly if the power is common. I've seen trestles like this get in where the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-14-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By KevinM
I don't picture it as felonious violation of the...

I don't picture it as felonious violation of the "Rule of Thirds." If it were mine, I would probably trim off the very top (most featureless) portion of the sky and perhaps a tad bit on the left. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-02-2021, 01:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By KevinM
Dave, My suggestion is to get some more side...

Dave,

My suggestion is to get some more side angle on the train. Show some running gear on the locomotive. While you've rendered this image about as well as it can be rendered, it is dark and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-01-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,311
Posted By KevinM
I've not seen any days when there were fewer than...

I've not seen any days when there were fewer than 50 photos posted. I have seen a few days when the number was roughly 75, but that was about the minimum.

Over the years, participation here has...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-25-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 731
Posted By KevinM
While not backlit, the sun angle isn't great,...

While not backlit, the sun angle isn't great, especially on the cab. The unit numbers are difficult to read. I'm just guessing that they didn't have a canned rejection reason that was perfectly...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-22-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By KevinM
It's because the image was shot vertically and...

It's because the image was shot vertically and unfortunately the To24 and other featured display positions on the home page are not able to correctly display a vertical. It's one of many reasons why...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-20-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By KevinM
I don't believe for a New York second that anyone...

I don't believe for a New York second that anyone looks at the timestamp in the EXIF, so the image itself is evaluated based on the observed lighting. My guess is that they looked at the lack of a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-20-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 919
Posted By KevinM
Hi Andrew, I think the issue with the signal...

Hi Andrew,

I think the issue with the signal shot is that the train ends up being just as dominant in the shot (size-wise) as the signal post and therefore comes off looking like the subject more...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-19-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 919
Posted By KevinM
I agree with most of the points Loyd makes. I...

I agree with most of the points Loyd makes. I can't see any grain in the sky at the moment, but I am not on the display I usually use for editing. Any exposure issue should be easily fixable, if...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-06-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,241
Posted By KevinM
Like I said, it's all subjective. Find a...

Like I said, it's all subjective. Find a screener who appreciates backlit and you'll go from rejection to SC, just like that!

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-05-2021, 09:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,334
Posted By KevinM
There are definitely differences between...

There are definitely differences between publishing something in print and publishing something online. In the former case, the print run is fixed and when it's done it is done. Once distributed,...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-05-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,846
Posted By KevinM
I have recently had issues with the way RP...

I have recently had issues with the way RP displays on an IPAD. Sometimes, the picture will appear smaller and the caption and photo data will be offset to the right. I attribute it to the ads...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-05-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,241
Posted By KevinM
The backlit rejection is clearly a subjective...

The backlit rejection is clearly a subjective thing. As noted, there are tons of backlit shots on RP.net. Sometimes, backlit MAKES the shot. It is all a matter of how it strikes the viewer, if...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-27-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,241
Posted By KevinM
Joe, from a lighting standpoint, I don't see any...

Joe, from a lighting standpoint, I don't see any issues with this photo. In fact, you took it at a time of day when the lighting is pretty nice and much of the subject is well-lit. It's a shot I...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-23-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,860
Posted By KevinM
After reading the reference material at the link,...

After reading the reference material at the link, what I did not see is how a photographer can assign a copyright to another. Perhaps I missed something, but it would seem to me that if someone...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-23-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,515
Posted By KevinM
A couple of quick comments..... With regard...

A couple of quick comments.....

With regard to focus lock, I have definitely found that the AF on some cameras really doesn't work well when pointed at train headlights. It can hunt and sometimes...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-14-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,426
Posted By KevinM
I'm fine with this picture. As Bob noted, you...

I'm fine with this picture. As Bob noted, you could do something to brighten up that really dark group of trees at the bottom, but I wouldn't hit it with a hammer. Shadows are not a terrible...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-13-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,152
Posted By KevinM
Dave, who knows? I have plenty of backlit steam...

Dave, who knows? I have plenty of backlit steam shots on RP. I actually enjoy shooting what my buddy Mitch calls "the Nikon side." :lol: I can only speculate....wild-ass guess really.....that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-02-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,906
Posted By KevinM
Yes, I think the 3:5 crop works nicely for this...

Yes, I think the 3:5 crop works nicely for this image. It shaves off some of the more featureless stuff (grass, blue sky, etc) and saves all of the real interest. Besides, it's a wide scene. The...
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