Old 05-01-2010, 03:19 PM   #1
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I don't see many shots on the DB looking down on trains. Any ideas for this crop?


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Old 05-01-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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I dont see that happening. (opinion)
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:00 PM   #3
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I don't see many shots on the DB looking down on trains.
What? There are thousands of photos in the database from that perspective.
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #4
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yeah like this one of mine

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[quote=N. Herring;113781]yeah like this one of mine

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Maybe I'll get in on the act as well.In fact I was surprised to see just how many of mine were "looking down" shots.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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Nice examples, everyone. I called myself going back through the recent additions and most photographers seemed to have their feet firmly planted on the ground. Well, the real question is...does this vertical stand much of a chance. The SB is the new prototype AC propulsion train with the logoed cars up front. The NB was just greedy and wanted to get in the shot, as it showed up just as I clicked the shutter.....bad train.

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Oh, Dave. That hurts!

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Forget about what makes the train special and ask yourself what makes the image special. In my opinion, both subway cars are cut off in unappealing ways. Another detraction is the uninteresting fore and backgrounds - cut off bridge, dull blue cloudless sky and empty track.

Keep at it - some of the best shots are the redos!

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OK people, thanks for the examples, we get that there's plenty of shots from above a train. Hopefully, people will realize there's no need for 50 additional responses from view whores that provide no help to the original poster.

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Forget about what makes the train special and ask yourself what makes the image special. In my opinion, both subway cars are cut off in unappealing ways. Another detraction is the uninteresting fore and backgrounds - cut off bridge, dull blue cloudless sky and empty track.
I agree with Mitch. I'm not a fan of the vertical composition. If you're showcasing the new train coming at you, why would you frame up the shot with the rear of the train cut off? Do you have another shot that shows the whole train? A horizontal crop would also get rid of the dead space at the top and bottom of the shot, as Mitch pointed out.

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OK people, thanks for the examples, we get that there's plenty of shots from above a train. Hopefully, people will realize there's no need for 50 additional responses from view whores that provide no help to the original poster.

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So now your saying we have to limit our responses and how do you know what will help the original poster, BTW are you the forum police?
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:12 AM   #11
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Bill, I'm pretty sure a smiley and 4 photos didn't help Mr. Harrison that much..

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The one thing David should take from all of the other shots linked to this thread (Yeah, I started to do it, too, esp. after reading Chris's post) is that they all have something going on in all parts of the shot. They follow the Rule of Thirds, on other words, whether they were shot veritcally or horizontally.

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Thanks again to all for responding. Even Mitch's photo was helpful for it shows that trains can get on even when obscured behind safety fences. Chris and Mitch's points on "making the image special" is the gratest challenge. When the new cars come out of the subway, they're in the median of an expressway for all nine miles. Unless the highway is jammed with traffic, the expressway is "uninteresting" to most here. In this location, the expressway sweeps through a reverse curve that I thought would add interest....obviously, that alone did not suffice. I'll try for a reshoot today, the weather is clearing from last night's storms.

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Original uncropped photo.



Is it possible to get a RP quality photo ast this location?

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Maybe something like this might work.

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Thanks Chris. That's interesting how you would cut off the truck. Also of note is where you cut off the intruding train on the right. Interesting!!! I agree on that beautiful blue sky.

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Is it possible to get a RP quality photo ast this location?
Personally, I see nothing photogenic about the location. Nothing but concrete.
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Personally, I see nothing photogenic about the location. Nothing but concrete.
One of the differences between rural and urban photography. It's hard to find anything natural in the urban areas. You're kind of stuck with man made things, even man made parks.

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One of the differences between rural and urban photography. It's hard to find anything natural in the urban areas. You're kind of stuck with man made things, even man made parks.

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That's not what I meant. That location just doesn't have the appeal that the ones below do:

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What I like about that photo is that it is all a combination of arcs.

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And there it is, a squarish crop.

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Chris, you're f-a-s-t...you beat me to it. I went landscape after they rejected your vertical suggestion. Thanks Chris, thanks to everyone. The test train on the Red Line does present a lot of challenges. The southern third is in the middle of of concrete that John "loves." The middle third is all subway. Only the northern third shares the scene with traditional urban backgrounds with flavor. The sun never appeared today, so that's it for the Red Line. When I return from vacation in two weeks, the test train hopefuly will be on a Loop line....yea!!!

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