Old 10-26-2008, 04:55 AM   #1
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The intent of the composition was to show the current condition of a once great rail yard. I wanted to include the signal, and the coaling tower into the shot, along with the great nothing in the middle. In the Remarks box, I linked a shot that showed the area from a different viewpoint, many years ago. It's cut off on the rejection page, but here's the link for you nosy people

http://members.cox.net/wesimonton/images/Coaldock.jpg

so what should I do here?

I have 15-20 shots of this composition, with varying views of the main elements. I feel if I get an idea from the group, I can probably make it happen.

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Old 10-26-2008, 06:42 AM   #2
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I think you're trying to do too much here. There is no real focus as to what the subject is. Signal bridge? Train? Old coaling tower? Colorful hill in the background? I'd suggest that if you back to this location, forget about trying to include the coaling tower from this perspective. Instead, take a few steps to your left and compose a shot with the train going under the signal bridge along with a nicely (muted) colored hill in the background.

I'm sure there's probably a way you can incorporate the coaling tower into a interesting composition, but it's just not working in this case.
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I did take several train and signal shots, I guess we'll fiddle with that

Thanks for the input Jim!

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I think the issue is a bit simpler; I think you are aiming too high. The train, coaling tower, signal, are all in the bottom half, it is out of balance. The cut-off tank exaggerates things more.

Find a shot where you pointed down a bit. As a bonus, you actually show some of the ex-yard ground surface that you claim is the theme of your shot! You actually show where the tracks once were.
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I think the issue is a bit simpler; I think you are aiming too high. The train, coaling tower, signal, are all in the bottom half, it is out of balance. The cut-off tank exaggerates things more.

Find a shot where you pointed down a bit. As a bonus, you actually show some of the ex-yard ground surface that you claim is the theme of your shot! You actually show where the tracks once were.
hmm.. excellent point J! I think I caught a bit of pretty cloud disease on this composition. I've got some pointing downward more

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I would agree with Janusz and try a version with more foreground in. If you also have a photo with the train a bit closer or one taken standing further to your right it would be better IMO, there is too much space between the signal / train and train / coaling tower on the rejected picture.
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In terms of what you are trying to show, I think the sight just begs for a shot from a higher angle, if there's a location it's possible to shoot down from . . .

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