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Old 01-13-2018, 09:42 PM   #501
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How didn't this get a poor aesthetic quality? The composition is pretty bad considering a few horses are chopped off and the wb seems bad too warm and unbalanced.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:26 AM   #502
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How didn't this get a poor aesthetic quality? The composition is pretty bad considering a few horses are chopped off and the wb seems bad too warm and unbalanced.
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Is anything level here?
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The light post looks level.


Speaking of unlevel, I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. Every vertical is leaning to the left.

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This is one of those photos that would probably be impossible to make look level - even it it really was perfectly level.
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This is one of those photos that would probably be impossible to make look level - even it it really was perfectly level.
How about now? (Sorry, Chris, I couldn't help myself. )

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The light post looks level.


Speaking of unlevel, I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. Every vertical is leaning to the left.

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This was mentioned in a thread, pretty sure this one.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:01 AM   #508
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How didn't this get a poor aesthetic quality? The composition is pretty bad considering a few horses are chopped off and the wb seems bad too warm and unbalanced.
I'm so glad I read the "Remarks and Notes" for this one.
I had no idea that road numbers were, like, something important!
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This was mentioned in a thread, pretty sure this one.
Ahh, missed it.

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I'm so glad I read the "Remarks and Notes" for this one.
I had no idea that road numbers were, like, something important!
I'm pretty sure I dozed off half way through reading that.
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I'm so glad I read the "Remarks and Notes" for this one.
I had no idea that road numbers were, like, something important!
I thought the numbers were the train crew's lucky numbers.

I think we've all tried to play up the description for a borderline PAQ photo. I've never seen anyone try that hard though haha
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This was one of the top24 shots. Not only is the engine centered, the color is strange. All of the blues are de-saturated.
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This was one of the top24 shots. Not only is the engine centered, the color is strange. All of the blues are de-saturated.
EXIF shows it's an iPhone shot.
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EXIF shows it's an iPhone shot.
Apple must have really processed the image strangely. But, it's not Apple's fault that the image was composed poorly haha
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Apple must have really processed the image strangely. But, it's not Apple's fault that the image was composed poorly haha
Interestingly enough this showed up now, same day, same train, So you can see the difference. Looking in the shadows on this "I see" a little blue cast which I find perfectly fine.

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The first one as noted took all the blue out. No way for me to know, may have just been the way it was originally submitted but I know myself I will get the color hue rejection. Obviously a lot of ways to correct but the cheap(fastest) way is to desaturate but I feel the cure is worse than the disease. I just had one rejected for too dark, then color hue. Then trying to correct I got another rejection. Very annoying since I did what I didn't want to and still rejected so I go on hiatus for a while.

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Can you say GRAINY and NOISEY....really worthy of the cut and that many views? I opened it just because I thought the thumbnail couldn't be the same as the shot .

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A real head scratcher for me, Rich
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Interestingly enough this showed up now, same day, same train, So you can see the difference. Looking in the shadows on this "I see" a little blue cast which I find perfectly fine.

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The first one as noted took all the blue out. No way for me to know, may have just been the way it was originally submitted but I know myself I will get the color hue rejection. Obviously a lot of ways to correct but the cheap(fastest) way is to desaturate but I feel the cure is worse than the disease. I just had one rejected for too dark, then color hue. Then trying to correct I got another rejection. Very annoying since I did what I didn't want to and still rejected so I go on hiatus for a while.

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Can you say GRAINY and NOISEY....really worthy of the cut and that many views? I opened it just because I thought the thumbnail couldn't be the same as the shot .

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A real head scratcher for me, Rich
At least the purple snow melted away...

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A real head scratcher for me, Rich
The photographer's name is Matt.

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The photographer's name is Matt.

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Can you say GRAINY and NOISEY....really worthy of the cut and that many views? I opened it just because I thought the thumbnail couldn't be the same as the shot .

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A real head scratcher for me, Rich
It seems like he can get pretty much anything accepted for whatever reason, and must be linked to get the high view counts on a lot of them.
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It seems like he can get pretty much anything accepted for whatever reason, and must be linked to get the high view counts on a lot of them.
It's unusual to have such a high view count and so few favorites and comments. It's probably Facebook group spamming...maybe even a bot. I'm sure a lot of these got top24 status...usually when a photo gets on the home page (organically), you get many favorites and comments. That's not the case.
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For some reason, night flash photos are held to significantly lower standards than daytime shots.

It doesn't take much effort to arrange flashes in such a way that they're not visible in the actual picture. I see four tripods here, and the closest one has a purple halo around it.

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This one isn't sharp at all, and you can still see the tripods.
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In both pictures, the lighting is extremely uneven and you can tell exactly where one flash begins and ends. Perhaps these shots don't get on the screeners nerves, but this definitely bothers me.
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Agreed, amtrak07t. In the first shot, the flash is way too harsh and bright on the building. Very distracting. He should have taken some test shots first and made the necessary changes to the flash direction, diffusion, and intensity before the train arrived.

In the second photo, it appears the flash by the first lamp pole did not fire, hence the dark area on the station platform. He's lucky he had the far flash pointing back (incorrectly) in this direction, or else he would have had zero light on the side of the lead unit.

Swing and a miss for both attempts, IMO. Should not have been accepted either.
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Agreed, amtrak07t. In the first shot, the flash is way too harsh and bright on the building. Very distracting. He should have taken some test shots first and made the necessary changes to the flash direction, diffusion, and intensity before the train arrived.

In the second photo, it appears the flash by the first lamp pole did not fire, hence the dark area on the station platform. He's lucky he had the far flash pointing back (incorrectly) in this direction, or else he would have had zero light on the side of the lead unit.

Swing and a miss for both attempts, IMO. Should not have been accepted either.
I didn't even notice that the second flash didn't fire! I would assume that he was trying only to light the locomotive, and that's why he reversed his other flash?

There's more.

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The same flash failed to fire. I guess it ran out of batteries You'd think he'd just take it down. Flashes don't like cold weather or snow for that matter.


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This one is leaning a bit. This is why flash stands are better than tripods. Look at the shadow! The nose blocks much of the right side of the train. Not to mention, there's a big white glow from the rear facing flashes.
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Definitely needs some more practice on those night shots.

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