Old 03-01-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:25 AM   #2
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the bold print looks fine, the pics on the other hand idk (cant see them)
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:26 AM   #3
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very high quality
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As someone previously said, the centered "red X" would definitely get you the "bad composition" rejeciton.

Seems a wee bit soft too.



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Old 03-01-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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Sorry, here lets try again.




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Old 03-01-2010, 08:58 PM   #6
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Well, two of the images had the red Xs which contained links, so I can critique these two I guess.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UkWwlBbVgc...2-2-10+004.JPG

Unfortunately here, you're shooting on a cloudy day; go back on a sunny day instead. Also, get the whole train in; it'll be more interesting than just the engines, and definitely find a spot away from the fence/crossing gates (unobstructed).

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UkWwlBbVgc...-6-10%2Bsd.jpg

This one is better; you're shooting on a sunny day and have a decent angle of the train. However, the composition is off, not enough on the left, too much on all the other sides (way too much on the right). The nose is also backlit; your lighting angle should be similar to this photo of mine (don't take the brightness of this photo as a good example; on my new monitor it's now very eye-watering and I don't know what type of monitor you're using):

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Overall, though, I'd say to start by going on a sunny day with the sun at your back and find a spot that's unobstructed of stuff in the foreground and start with a basic 3/4 wedge shot. Branch out to curves and other compositions later.

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I still dont see ANYTHING
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #8
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I still dont see ANYTHING
If you right click the red Xs, you'll see the links to the photos that you can copy>paste and view them.

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If you right click the red Xs, you'll see the links to the photos that you can copy>paste and view them.
I use firefox, so I dont even see the red X, lemme try in IE. I hope this is worth all this effort.
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Thanks for the comments guys, sorry troy12n that you can't view them. Here try my blog, http://triangletrains.blogspot.com/
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The first one is obstructed and was shot on a cloudy day with a cut off train. Definitely nothing RP worthy there, although as previously suggested by another member, try shooting a similar composition although without any distracting objects and some better lighting conditions.

The second one has okay side light, but is backlit on the nose. I don't see it making it to RP, especially considering it's just a dash 9. I'd try to get more light on the nose in the future.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #12
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You asked about the NS shot in a previous thread and were given several answers --

http://forums.railpictures.net/showt...302#post107302
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:33 PM   #13
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What about this one?



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Common style shots (3/4 wedge, etc) like the F742 at Apex, NC shot generally need to be taken in good lighting, or have something special going on (heavy snow, fog, exhaust distortion, signals, etc) to be acceptable here. That shot has very poor lighting, with a composition that is flawed (too much sky, too much bottom, too much right side). It may also be somewhat out of focus as well. Long story short, that shot could be replicated many times a day, nearly anywhere, in good lighting. It won't cut the mustard here.

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Simply put none of the shots you have shown so far have any chance.
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What about this one?[/b]
I actually see that one!

No chance. Poor lighting conditions.
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Okay, what about this one?



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Do you have higher res versions of your photos? The quality of all the shots seems quite poor from the versions posted here.
Do you have a full size version of your signature pic, it looks like its decent.
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Yes the files are of higher quality 1024 by 786.
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1024X768 won't get you anywhere, especially if you need to do rotation, cropping, etc. You need to have something well above 2000 in order to rotate, crop, etc. and still maintain a photo that will work for RP.

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Yes the files are of higher quality 1024 by 786.
If those are the size of the originals out of the camera then you basically have no chance of getting any shots onto RP. Is that what you meant? What camera are you using? Select the max pixels in your camera and then reduce size in software, don't choose a 1024x768 setting in-camera.
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All hope is not lost as you will figure it out at some time and it takes time. What will help you the most is to start thinking like a Photographer and not like a fan? A fan see a train and wants a snap shot, A photographer wants a photo. I would start by reading the manual that came with your camera 2 or 3 times and try to get your settings to what you need so your quality is up.
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