Old 06-27-2021, 05:34 PM   #1
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Perhaps the screener doesn’t care for the location. Thought about letting the engines get farther right, but the trees would distract from the locomotives. Maybe I need to contact the landowner and break out the Stihl 036 Then again, perhaps that wasn’t the gripe. Well, enjoy. Perhaps some constructive criticism would be helpful - I’m all ears https://www.railpictures.net/viewrej...54&key=9977484

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Old 06-27-2021, 07:33 PM   #2
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I find it a little washed out, could use some black point adjustment/haze filter/contrast work (depending on your software).

You could crop it a bit from mainly the top/right, keeping the original aspect ratio intact but keeping that magnificent cloud (which I take it was a big reason for framing the shot as you did to begin with).

Of course, none of this will get the screeners to be happy with it. Unless you butcher that cloud, you have no chance at getting around their "train too small" reason for rejecting it.
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Old 06-28-2021, 12:44 AM   #3
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A shot closer to the tree and then crop right to the cloud?

Train to small? LOL! I see shots where I have to get the magnifying glass out....
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I looked at cropping it - thinking, chop some to the right, but then noticed a typical 1200 dpi X 800 dpi kept the same look yet chopped a sliver from the right and left side. I like it as is, though the cloud and train seem centered in the frame. I can overlook that, easily. I like the shot quite a bit. I honestly think RP would reject a photo of Big Foot looking out the cab window if you accidentally caught him with eyes closed or he wasn't smiling. Like I said, I can let some issues slide, lol.

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Personally, I find the cloud more interesting than the shadowed foreground. I would get rid of some from the bottom and both sides, but unfortunately this will drive the train down even farther. But, if there is enough interest in the overall photo, you may get lucky with the screener as you didn't shoot a close up wedge. It also needs other work as previously stated before trying again.
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Old 07-08-2021, 05:06 PM   #6
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All: Thank you for the feedback. Very helpful.

Afer a bit of work, I'd like to run a new version past you, to see if this is more what everyone had in mind? Think the screeners would be happier with this crop?

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I do like this version better. Worth a try. BTW, you have a black speck at the top of the cloud......
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Old 07-09-2021, 03:27 AM   #8
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Aw heck. And here I thought I’d cropped that out….. Thanks
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Old 07-10-2021, 01:39 AM   #9
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I quite like this shot, Benjamin. And I think with your last edit you're good to go (well, after nixing that little speck).

Luckily, xBNSFer's "train too small" (or what I like to call the TTFFA rejection) is not a legitimate rejection reason. That's not to say it can't be rejected, but the screener will be forced to fall back on the catch-all PAQ.

Go for it.
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Old 08-04-2021, 04:15 PM   #10
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Thanks, Ted!

Update on this rejection as well: the corrected photo was accepted. Thank you all for the information and constructive criticism.

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Old 08-04-2021, 07:30 PM   #11
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That is a great and seemingly underappreciated image.

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Old 08-12-2021, 12:42 AM   #12
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Really nice scene, Benjamin!
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