Old 04-30-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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This is one of my experiments on a night with relatively light traffic. I setup the shot to center the signal head, which would capture a bit of the light beam, and most of the sky. Ignoring the noise issue, what composition would be most appealing in this situation? Include the entire signal? Throw the signal on one of the third lines?

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Old 04-30-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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Neat idea, Loyd!

My suggestions:

I'd try to find a place where you can shoot with the North Star in the frame, since all of the other stars will appear to "spin" around it.

I'd use a wider lens to get a bigger swath of the sky.

Play with the positioning. Make several compositions with the signal head in different places, line them up on your screen and see which one "feels" best to you.

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Loyd, nice! I think the central positioning is the issue, both horizontally and to some extent vertically. A bit too much room at the top, maybe.

I would consider positioning the signal a bit to the left. That would make it serve as a bit of counterweight to the focus on the right that is created by the converging circles toward the (off-frame) Polaris. Given that the central point is upper right, you may not even need to take anything off the top as the signal would be lower left so vertical as well as horizontal balance.

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Great ideas guys!

Scott, welcome aboard from me too! I've been following your work for quite awhile now, it's great to see another person capture my home territory so perfectly.

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Loyd, great shot. You've got those lovely C&O signals which offer lovely compositions.

Scott, welcome aboard as well. Congragulations on the latest SC. Some of your latest submissions to RP.net have been some of my all-time favorites.

Keep up the good work guys!
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:50 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys. I've been keeping up with your work, too. I'm always interested to see how others approach the places I like to photograph. I often find that you see things that I've missed.

I was born in Elkins and grew up in St. Albans and the Kanawha Valley, although life took me to Ohio at 13 and beyond since then. A lot of my family still lives in St. Albans, and I enjoy getting back to see them and explore my home state as much as possible. Hopefully again this summer, with any luck.

Looking forward to more photos of those wonderful C&O cantilevers.

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