Old 06-09-2016, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default An old shot from February 2015

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I got this shot of UP 1983 in the Nampa yards around sunset on 2/21/2015. I imagine that the glare on the side of the cab probably isn't good for the image...
What do you think? This was my first time catching any special UP unit that wasn't just a patched SP/CNW/SSW/DRGW.

Oh, by the way, when I took this picture, I was just starting to get back into railfanning after being disinterested for 7 years, and I was also just beginning to submit to railpictures.net, so I didn't know any of the important photography stuff I know now.

EDIT: Looking at the image, I see a lot of noise in the sky (noise is common to images I took with that camera...), which probably ruins this image's chances... Oh well. I don't use the iSO45 for photography anymore, ever since I got my Coolpix L340.
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Old 06-09-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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Agreed, the glare kills this one, special scheme or not. This type of shot can artistically be done with the entire train in view, and is typically referred to as "glint light." Doesn't work with roster shots, though.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:28 PM   #3
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Agreed, the glare kills this one, special scheme or not. This type of shot can artistically be done with the entire train in view, and is typically referred to as "glint light." Doesn't work with roster shots, though.
Agreed, all that dark space doesn't help either.
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A sandpaper-grain sky probably kills almost any subject matter here. Maybe a wreck or an Alco Black Maria would overcome that.
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A sandpaper-grain sky probably kills almost any subject matter here. Maybe a wreck or an Alco Black Maria would overcome that.
I'd look at a Black Maria with a grainy sky!
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When framing up a photo, it is really important to look at where your shadows are. Shadows within the frame are OK, but it's generally not good when you've got your main subject partially covered with them. Remember, your camera does not "see" the light the way your eyes do. A few shadows on the side of the subject may not seem all that distracting when you look at the scene with your eyes, but your camera will "see" those shadows looking a lot darker.

In the photo that is the subject of this thread, both the front and back trucks are half shadowed. Although you can mitigate this to some degree with skillful processing, it's just about guaranteed that RP will not want it. Remember, the rules here are really strict for common, everyday diesels. Either the light has to be really good, or the shot has to have some artistic value, in order to be accepted.
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