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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-16-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Joseph Cermak
I'd also comment on the composition/balance. The...

I'd also comment on the composition/balance. The train here is vertically centered which I am not a fan of. I would recommend choosing to either add top or add bottom (depending on preference/what...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-13-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Lighting aside, all three suffer from some...

Lighting aside, all three suffer from some composition issues with the subject vertically centered with dead space on the bottom. At minimum I would suggest something more closely following the ROT...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-29-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 780
Posted By Joseph Cermak
I would echo this comment. I can see there might...

I would echo this comment. I can see there might be shadows creeping in on the right side, but I would try a frame with the train as far to the right before the shadow as possible.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-16-2021, 03:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,618
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Agree with Kevin's comments, and another item...

Agree with Kevin's comments, and another item worth noting is that just because it's a rarely photographed location doesn't mean that's clear to the screeners or the average viewer. At the end of the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-24-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By Joseph Cermak
I've seen the same issue with using different...

I've seen the same issue with using different aspect ratio than what the TO24 thumbnail is, but it's usually not as noticeable when it's that small.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-19-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,383
Posted By Joseph Cermak
As Loyd mentioned, there seem to be a number of...

As Loyd mentioned, there seem to be a number of issues here that would prevent this being accepted, but fwiw I don't see image quality as the big one. I assume they only picked that because it's the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-05-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,884
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Things that make you go hmmmm....

Things that make you go hmmmm....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-28-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,884
Posted By Joseph Cermak
I agree with Kevin on his assessment, I think the...

I agree with Kevin on his assessment, I think the lighting is good and backlit nose wouldn't be a killer here on a broadside shot. However, I can see what he means with some of people becoming...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-26-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,202
Posted By Joseph Cermak
That's also a good point. I think I was speaking...

That's also a good point. I think I was speaking more about when first starting out with RP or with rail photography in general. I think as you learn and develop your style more this may change, but...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-26-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,202
Posted By Joseph Cermak
This 100%, could not have said it any better....

This 100%, could not have said it any better. There will certainly be frustrations in the process, but there are certainly a lot of learning opportunities. Going through RP is one of the biggest ways...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-05-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,296
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Thanks for pointing these out. I've been keeping...

Thanks for pointing these out. I've been keeping an album of cases like this, it's always neat to see how different photographers put their style on the "same shot" where everyone is shooting the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-29-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,202
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Quality issues aside, that out of camera crop is...

Quality issues aside, that out of camera crop is much more pleasing in my opinion, where the train is not being cut off by the edge of the frame at left.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-09-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Tier 4 credit just means it is a Tier 3...

Tier 4 credit just means it is a Tier 3 locomotive allowed to be built after the Tier 4 regulation date using "emission credits" earned by building Tier 4 locomotives. There is no difference major...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-05-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By Joseph Cermak
I think you're right on with your assessment....

I think you're right on with your assessment. Tighten it up overall, especially on the left side. And then up the sharpness, personally I find I always need to sharpen more for RP than what looks...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-05-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,754
Posted By Joseph Cermak
I have no problems with the third, not sure which...

I have no problems with the third, not sure which piece they are considering foreground clutter, but it's a great view.

First one I would probably just try to tighten up the crop, the nose of the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-04-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,085
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Two reasons were given: - Angle (Going Away):...

Two reasons were given:
- Angle (Going Away): Photos in which the train is traveling away from the photographer, or roster shots focusing on the rear of the subject, are generally not accepted....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-02-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,855
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Looks more hazy/smoggy than foggy..don't see...

Looks more hazy/smoggy than foggy..don't see anything here with a chance.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-23-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,032
Posted By Joseph Cermak
To me it looks to be leaning slightly to the...

To me it looks to be leaning slightly to the left, so would rotate CW.



I think this shot looks a lot more promising, but I'd still try and brighten it up a bit more before submitting.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-22-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,032
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Agree with Joe on needing a bit of rotation,...

Agree with Joe on needing a bit of rotation, doesn't look quite level to me (looking at the signals especially). Overall, it seems dark/underexposed. The cloudy shots that seem to be accepted are...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-19-2021, 03:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,914
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Agreed, what went from a bit of looking at maps...

Agreed, what went from a bit of looking at maps now becomes a significant investment in sleuthing to determine where a shot was taken. Meaning RP loses a lot of its usefulness in planning trips, etc....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-16-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,592
Posted By Joseph Cermak
While all the databasing and indexing is nice,...

While all the databasing and indexing is nice, the RP search is bizarre. Half the time I can't even get it to pull up photos of a certain unit...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 02-09-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 315,674
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Current average is sitting at 1819 (up from 1672...

Current average is sitting at 1819 (up from 1672 in April 2020), making this my average photo:

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-03-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,145
Posted By Joseph Cermak
They actually have big long official made cutouts...

They actually have big long official made cutouts on the bridge specifically for railfans. I think about 8 inches tall and a few feet long spaced along the bridge with trim pieces around the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-02-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,145
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Wholly agree with you here, with digital frames...

Wholly agree with you here, with digital frames are as close to free as you can get, and you never know when something looks different after the fact and you end up with a shot completely different...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-01-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,145
Posted By Joseph Cermak
Agree with these comments, all of these...

Agree with these comments, all of these rejections are heading towards the center, when the best (at least for RP and in general) composition would be to have the nose of the lead unit at the ROT...
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