Old 03-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Hello. I am trying to get a little help with my photography. I have been uploading to railpics for a few years now and lately I have been in a rut. My allowance for uploads was recently dropped from 10 to 2 per day because I have had a lot of rejects. I would like to take better photos so all your help would be appreciated. Thanks, Pat



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Old 03-23-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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The cropping/composition on all three of them could use some work. Right now you have too much sky and not enough of the bridge piers and the creek. It looks like you're trying to have the train in the center of the frame, which generally does not work well for these types of photos. Try a different crop and move the camera down a little next time you're here.

Here's a good example of what I'm talking about:

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Old 03-24-2009, 01:18 AM   #3
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Pat, remember that the successful RP shot will not necessarily place the train as the central focal point in the shot, but be a well-composed image that shows the train in context with the scene. The shots you posted effectively chop off the Frenchs Hollow bridges at the waterline of Normans Kill and, as Austin noted, have waaaay too much sky. The photo of Roman's that was referenced is better, though my preference would have been to aim even lower an attempt to get some reflection showing in the pool below the road bridge.

A few comments on your captions: Those bridges are properly classified as viaducts, not trestles; they span "Frenchs Hollow" (note the spelling of the road); and the location is Guilderland Center, not Altamont. (I grew up in Albany and it always annoys me when people get these details wrong.)
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:31 AM   #4
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I'm personally not a fan of the crops... however the first photo and rejection reason I do not agree with.

Good luck as that appears to be a nice bridge to shoot.
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