Old 02-09-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Initially rejected for being undersharpened...okay easy fix.

Now, bad crop.

Someone give me some opinions here, please!

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Old 02-09-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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A lot of plain sky is usually a guaranteed ax. Your crops would work if there were big cotton ball clouds (with unobstructed light).

For the New Haven, try cutting some off of the sides to a comfortable point, and then what you can from the sky to accommodate.

I'm afraid that it looks like the Amtrak is probably a negative for RP since there isn't enough on the sides to allow you to work. You 'might' be able to crop the right to the pine tree on your side of the tracks so you have the train cut by an object and maybe a sliver from the front, and then from the top to get rid of some sky, but IDK. It surely wouldn't be as easy as that weed sticking on the right edge.

On plain blue sky days, I've made it a rule of thumb to give more foreground if it will work, or just make the comp. tighter.
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Thanks for the response, I'll keep that in mind. I was shooting figuring a blue sky was a good thing, but a cloudless sky, I guess, isn't.

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Old 02-10-2012, 01:42 AM   #4
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Cloudless blue skys are the best. Clouds are fun to have in the background as long as they stay in the background 100% of the time. I think if you crop a little sky off the Acela shot it might work too.
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Now that leads to another question -
I usually crop constraining the aspect of the photo. I know that RP doesn't like the "square" photos. Constraining with aspect in mind here is going to crop out some of the train.... any thoughts?
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That's a really nice Acela shot as is it is in my opinion.
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Cloudless blue skys are the best.
Well, that all depends on the scene. In a scene with a "big" sky, a cloudless blue sky is not the best.
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Well, that all depends on the scene. In a scene with a "big" sky, a cloudless blue sky is not the best.
Exactly. Clouds are nice, as long as they aren't cocking your shot.
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