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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-04-2018, 10:51 PM
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Posted By jac_murphy
The screeners will, and have always, accepted...

The screeners will, and have always, accepted well-executed photos in other-than-direct-sun lighting conditions. This is not an example of screener inconsistency.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-04-2018, 04:52 PM
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Posted By jac_murphy
If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that he...

If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that he selected the sky and darkened it, then inverted the selection and brightened the rest without much regard for the demarcation between the two. Something...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-04-2018, 04:49 PM
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Posted By jac_murphy
Why? It's well-executed. It'd be easy to overcook...

Why? It's well-executed. It'd be easy to overcook a photo taken in similar conditions, but I find the processing to be quite tasteful.

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-03-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,592
Posted By jac_murphy
I'm gonna disagree on the compositions - the...

I'm gonna disagree on the compositions - the first one is too tight; in the second one you have the pole line, mesas in the background and the rails provide a better lead-in. The blown headlights are...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-30-2017, 03:14 PM
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Views: 42,859
Posted By jac_murphy
Not RP photos, but on the subject of purple snow,...

Not RP photos, but on the subject of purple snow, I couldn't help but marvel at the differences between these two shots taken four minutes apart.
...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-07-2017, 01:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,407
Posted By jac_murphy
Flickr was horrendously slow for several months...

Flickr was horrendously slow for several months following the big site revamp a few years ago, but it's much better now.

That, or I've just gotten used to it. :D

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-01-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,002
Posted By jac_murphy
It's certainly no less grainy than a particular...

It's certainly no less grainy than a particular shot sitting at the TO24 right now. :lol: There is a bit present in the sky, however.

You might have some compositional issues, though. There's a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-01-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,252
Posted By jac_murphy
Agree with what others have said. Too tight on...

Agree with what others have said. Too tight on all sides and the train should be a bit closer to the bridge (but not "touching" the structure!) to better fill in the space. The lighting is what it...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-13-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 688
Views: 42,859
Posted By jac_murphy
I see. I must've missed that thread! -Jacques

I see. I must've missed that thread!

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-13-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 688
Views: 42,859
Posted By jac_murphy
Looks like the photographer mistakenly entered...

Looks like the photographer mistakenly entered "Cambodia" in the location box on the photo. It's actually in Indonesia; Cakung is a suburb of Jakarta.

Frankly, I don't have an issue with this type...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-25-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,858
Posted By jac_murphy
Needs some CW rotation as well! -Jacques

Needs some CW rotation as well!

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-12-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,520
Posted By jac_murphy
Wow. The difference between the two shots is...

Wow. The difference between the two shots is quite something.

[photoid=616189]

Though I couldn't help but notice that, in both cases, there's a bit of sloppy masking work around the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-13-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,379
Posted By jac_murphy
IMO, Ryan's shot nails the exposure and contrast,...

IMO, Ryan's shot nails the exposure and contrast, hands down.

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-14-2017, 02:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,661
Posted By jac_murphy
Heh. I had a similar photo rejected a while back...

Heh. I had a similar photo rejected a while back for being too dark, though I didn't bother contesting it:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/one-track-mind/21253651065

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-31-2016, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,688
Posted By jac_murphy
Looks pretty good to me given the conditions. I...

Looks pretty good to me given the conditions. I wonder if darkening the sky a bit, and then selectively brightening some of the darker spots around the locomotive and station platform might help the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-30-2016, 01:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,002
Posted By jac_murphy
Looks very greenish on my monitor, and could...

Looks very greenish on my monitor, and could probably do with a bump in contrast and some CCW rotation.

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-06-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,001
Posted By jac_murphy
The Hudson River is often a murky reddish-brown...

The Hudson River is often a murky reddish-brown colour and looks alright to me in Joseph's image, but I agree with everything else that's been said re: colour and composition.

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-04-2016, 01:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,025
Posted By jac_murphy
Yup - as a general rule, some sharpening is...

Yup - as a general rule, some sharpening is always needed after resizing. The effect of sharpening is much less pronounced on a full-size image, and downsizing the image will pretty much negate it.
...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-02-2016, 10:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,025
Posted By jac_murphy
On my end, all the photos are looking quite soft....

On my end, all the photos are looking quite soft. Apologies for the basic question, but are you doing much in the way of sharpening after resizing the images?

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-02-2016, 10:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,224
Posted By jac_murphy
Just looks like a blurry, poorly lit going-away...

Just looks like a blurry, poorly lit going-away shot to me, to be honest. I'd let this one go.

-Jacques
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-02-2016, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,832
Posted By jac_murphy
The first one looks overexposed to me (the whole...

The first one looks overexposed to me (the whole image; not just the glare spot on the nose.) Otherwise, the colour looks OK to me for that time of day. Fixing the overexposure may fix the rejection....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-13-2016, 03:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,728
Posted By jac_murphy
I can't see either of those getting on. The first...

I can't see either of those getting on. The first is the very definition of cloudfucked and besides the fact that everything is in shadow while the sky is bright blue, it has a heavy greenish tint...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-23-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,686
Posted By jac_murphy
For what it's worth... I found the screen on my...

For what it's worth... I found the screen on my ASUS laptop (a K75D with a 17" monitor) was way, way biased towards the blue end of the spectrum out of the box. Through some tweaking I've brought it...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-31-2016, 01:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,622
Posted By jac_murphy
I agree with the others that the dark nose is...

I agree with the others that the dark nose is nice, but I think this shot may have worked better with just enough sidelight to bring out some of the detail in the bridge piers and girders. As it is,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-30-2016, 01:08 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 19,854
Posted By jac_murphy
EDIT: nevermind

EDIT: nevermind
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