Old 02-20-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Ok so I know this pic will probably not make it up, but you guys think it can give tell me what you think.

I am also still learning so Just wanted to hear general thoughts.

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Old 02-20-2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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The train is going away, which I is quite the no-no on RP... Great photo, just not for RP.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:59 AM   #3
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The train is going away, which I is quite the no-no on RP...
Depends on how you compose them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:19 AM   #4
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There is a lot to like about this shot. I wish I had one like it.

However, the brush is too close to the tender. For a personal collection shot, I would get rid of it.

The engine is struggling to be seen against that great rock. Maybe sunlight would make better separation?

Here is my take on cropping and a fast and dirty processing.

Your composition had no rule of thirds on the right. My suggestion crop gets two intersections on the right and two on the left.
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Really neat shot! I think with some re-cropping it has a good chance of getting on. Nice catch.
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Really neat shot! I think with some re-cropping it has a good chance of getting on. Nice catch.
No, I don't think so. I'm not a fan of the B&W conversion here. I think some people use B&W on steam almost as a knee jerk reaction. Even moreso if the sun isn't out. The brush in front of the tender isn't helping. The placement of the railroad crossing is, to me, distracting. And to me there is nothing here that screams at me that a good away shot of a train with the end not seen (as in a caboose) shuold be accepted.

I'm also not sure about the Image Quality, but that's just at a quick glance.
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Okay, well, John West just got this shot on.

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Its very similar and could serve as a guide for what you might want to do next time. His is just full of awesome.
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I click on it and I get "no image matches that number"
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It was originally loaded while you were on unpaid leave, Troy.
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Okay, well, John West just got this shot on.

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Not one of his best. Very average IMO. Something seems off about the plume like it's over processed. Just not a fan of this one.
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Its very similar and could serve as a guide for what you might want to do next time. His is just full of awesome.
How is it full of awesome? Its a cloudy going away shot of a steam engine with a crossbuck.
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Whites look blown out in several places too. I wouldn't think of it as being up to John's typical portfolio level.

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I was mainly thinking in comparison to Eric's.
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I was mainly thinking in comparison to Eric's.
One shot doesn't have anything to do with the other, as similiar as they are. I don't think either one should have been accepted.
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