Old 02-17-2006, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default How do you fix these?

I sent up 5 photos last night and they were all rejected. What would you do with these:
1) Poor lighting - Is there any way to make this darker? It may not be worth it but I liked this picture of classic Rio Grande power that is still unpatched in the summer of 2005 (almost 10 years after the merger).
2) Needs to be closer to 1024 x 768 dimensions - I did some re-cropping on this image and resubmitted it. We will see.
3) Poor Lighting (too dark) - How would you lighten up this photo without it becoming washed out?
4) Unsharpened - I am not sure there is much hope for this one. What is the best way to sharpen an image and how gradually do you want to adjust the picture? Is it possible to sharpen an image enough to get it presentable?
5) Poor Lighting (too dark) - Once again I do not know that there is much hope for this one. Lightening the photo would wash the effect out completely and there would never be light on the nose anyway. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-17-2006, 04:41 PM   #2
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1. It is blurry. Also, if this is the original, the back steps are chopped off. I would not beleive this is fixable.

2. Too closely cropped. Widen it out a bit. Also, the contrast is off due to the cloudy sky in the background.

3. I don't think lightening it up will "wash" it out. It is slightly overexposed. Nice shot.

4. I don't know that it needs sharpening (look at the Moffat and numberboards). It does need a haircut. Crop off much of the top, leave just a small space from the top to the top of the tunnel. And do the same with the bottom. Make sure it meets the minimum requirements for size.

5. In my experience, lighting has to be all or nothing. Glint shots tend to be accepted if they are dark/light; otherwise, the nose needs to be fully lit.

Keep in mind, none of these suggestions are sure things, just my observations.
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #3
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I really like #2 and #4.

#2, give the loco a li'l more breathing room.
#4, maybe sharpen 30-50%.

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