Old 10-28-2017, 06:34 AM   #1
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Last Saturday, I went to NJ Transit's Gillette Station to catch some of the extra trains running on the Gladstone Branch for the annual Far Hill Steeplechase Race. It was a chance to catch some equipment that does not normally operate on this line.

At the time of day trains were operating, the nose of the lead unit (and the other diesel sets operating on the line) would have been backlit. Hence I went for shooting the train on more of an angle. Since trains all trains on the line were operating in the direction that the "one way" signs were pointing, I tried to make use of them in the shot:http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...38&key=2007720

I wanted to get your insights on the rejection. Is the one way sign towards the rear of the lead unit really that much of a distraction or is it the totality of that with the station sign blocking a window on the coach behind it the culprit?
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:22 AM   #2
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Different model ugly engine, but rather similar to the one they accepted. Maybe the screener didn't want another one.

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BTW- Extra trains? How many people can they accommodate way out there? The numerous disorderly conduct arrests did make the news.
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:04 PM   #3
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In the rejected, is that equipment at the top rear supposed to be exposed or is an access cover missing? I'd think the foreground clutter is marginal except if you are taking a roster shot of a piece of equipment like that even a little is too much??? Anyway, glad we have Metra around Chicago and a little clutter didn't hurt.

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Old 10-28-2017, 02:16 PM   #4
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In the rejected, is that equipment at the top rear supposed to be exposed or is an access cover missing?
It's supposed to be exposed. It's a dual mode locomotive capable of running as a catenary-powered electric that is being run in diesel mode. That section is where the locked down pantograph is located. Even though the Gladstone Branch is electrified, I don't think the electrical system could necessarily handle all of the extra trains, hence the mixing in of diesels on the line on that day.
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In the rejected, is that equipment at the top rear supposed to be exposed or is an access cover missing? I'd think the foreground clutter is marginal except if you are taking a roster shot of a piece of equipment like that even a little is too much??? Anyway, glad we have Metra around Chicago and a little clutter didn't hurt.

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Very nice station scene!
One trick I use on a too-prominent sign is to wash it with an appropriate transparent color. The sign would still be there, but far less conspicuous.
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Old 10-28-2017, 04:11 PM   #6
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It's not a very good scene in general, so i'm not sure it's worth any real effort to try to get that shot on, but if you are dead set on getting it on, clone out the sign, not hard...
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:24 AM   #7
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If you showed more of the train, the sign would go unchallenged. As is, despite your intent, it is just a roster shot, and roster shots have to be close to perfect to warrant an RP acceptance.
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