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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-01-2017, 12:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,584
Posted By cblaz
Another good thing to keep in mind that I don't...

Another good thing to keep in mind that I don't think anyone has mentioned yet, detail in a cloudy sky = has a chance. Milky white blob of sky = really tough to get on.

I like the shot, but I...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-05-2017, 12:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,389
Posted By cblaz
Also, take about five steps to your right so...

Also, take about five steps to your right so those two random weeds aren't coming up into the shot.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-04-2017, 12:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,844
Posted By cblaz
To my eyes, it looks like the cab numbers were...

To my eyes, it looks like the cab numbers were selectively sharpened in post processing. With a pan shot, as you get further away from the sweet spot (the numberboards on the nose), everything should...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-05-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 877
Posted By cblaz
Both of these should make it on with a couple of...

Both of these should make it on with a couple of (hopefully) easy fixes.

For the first shot, make it a vertical. Keep the sky and cut off as much on the right until it fits the proper dimensions....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-25-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,470
Posted By cblaz
Easy fix if you have more to work with. Cut from...

Easy fix if you have more to work with. Cut from the bottom and add sky to the top. Don't put the roof of the station against the top of the frame and show a lot of rail in the foreground.

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-05-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,472
Posted By cblaz
Agreed. If anything, it should have been rejected...

Agreed. If anything, it should have been rejected for the horrible post-processing job, from the halos around the train to the oversharpening of everything in the frame.

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-01-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,766
Posted By cblaz
As always, here are quick links to the previous...

As always, here are quick links to the previous years' threads: 2012 (http://forums.railpictures.net/showthread.php?t=16033), 2011 (http://forums.railpictures.net/showthread.php?t=14777), 2010...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-13-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 24,666
Posted By cblaz
Obligatory: ...

Obligatory:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dzaMaouXA

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-27-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,307
Posted By cblaz
Do you have a couple of frames previous where the...

Do you have a couple of frames previous where the train is under the rocky cliff? I think you're letting the power get too far away from the other subject of interest and that is causing your...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-27-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,113
Posted By cblaz
This, a million times all of this. I shoot JPEG...

This, a million times all of this. I shoot JPEG and RAW all the time, so if I have a shot that has some complicated lighting, I have the flexibility of RAW. However, just about all of my shots on RP...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-03-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,956
Posted By cblaz
[photoid=453603] You should add "Philadelphia"...

[photoid=453603]
You should add "Philadelphia" to that list. A one-word caption, and you still get it wrong? Did Pete type it for you?

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-22-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,606
Posted By cblaz
So that's why all my shots of UP engines never...

So that's why all my shots of UP engines never make it on. Time to go on Facebook and start the rumor that Chase never accepts UP shots because the whole site's a giant conspiracy. :)
/sarcasm

-...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-10-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 971
Posted By cblaz
Tighten up every side but the bottom. Less sky,...

Tighten up every side but the bottom. Less sky, get rid of the fence, and take some off the right.

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-09-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,458
Posted By cblaz
Bingo. The "horizon unlevel" rejection is for...

Bingo. The "horizon unlevel" rejection is for when someone screws up a boring 3/4 wedgie. This shot is no boring 3/4 wedgie. I like it, and am glad (and jealous) Nick was able to check out the test...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-13-2013, 05:07 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,657
Posted By cblaz
That's interesting, because with a focal length...

That's interesting, because with a focal length of 18mm, you weren't standing safely off the bridge and zooming in. Also, since you did not zoom in and there is a black chain-link fence from the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-26-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 816
Posted By cblaz
Well, now that it's accepted, you have the...

Well, now that it's accepted, you have the perfect opportunity to resubmit a better one, because the accepted one is still too blue. Notice the numbers on the side of the cab. They should be pure...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-26-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 816
Posted By cblaz
Bingo. Your 2nd attempt was the closest, but...

Bingo. Your 2nd attempt was the closest, but still needed some work. Take a look at the rough edit I attached. You want it to look something like that, but spend more than 2 minutes on it. The "Auto...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-24-2013, 02:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 750
Posted By cblaz
Yes, too vibrant. What happened to the sky above...

Yes, too vibrant. What happened to the sky above the bridge? It's also a very awkward crop, with the train cut off and a floating bridge above it. That may be the next rejection reason.

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-10-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,899
Posted By cblaz
I agree with Kevin. Hopefully, you have enough...

I agree with Kevin. Hopefully, you have enough space to do something like this:

[photoid=317593]
[photoid=268277]
[photoid=173897]

The most important thing is to not cut off a "prop" like the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-06-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,569
Posted By cblaz
The above advice actually reinforces that what...

The above advice actually reinforces that what Jason did for the first shot was correct. He "previsualized" his shot, by choosing a well-known, recognizable location (not a crossing in the woods or...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-23-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,125
Posted By cblaz
Agreed. Considering you can't see below his...

Agreed. Considering you can't see below his shoulders, who's to say he's not checking the timetable, or writing something on the desk. The conductor is not required to be looking straight ahead every...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-22-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 563
Posted By cblaz
The power's not centered, but the train is...

The power's not centered, but the train is centered vertically in the shot and that's why you got the cropping reject. Add more on top or bottom, preferably bottom since it's more interesting, to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-20-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By cblaz
Agreed. Maybe .5 CW. - Chris

Agreed. Maybe .5 CW.

- Chris
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-20-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By cblaz
This is what you're shooting for, though I don't...

This is what you're shooting for, though I don't know why you're trying to add an almost identical shot:

[photoid=426635]
You might want to have Shawn fix the engine number on the accepted shot....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-20-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,399
Posted By cblaz
This is absolutely terrible advice, regardless of...

This is absolutely terrible advice, regardless of the stupid smiley face at the end. First off, it's "you're" not "your" but that's not important right now.

If there's full sun on the nose of the...
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