Old 03-07-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I have recently discovered the following rejected photo in a family album:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1017341746

It's a picture from 1990 or 1991. I scanned the print and fixed it with Lightroom. The original was pretty bad. Still, I think the result isn't that bad. I've seen worse on RP.

The little boy on the left is, of course, me. So I thought this made this picture somewhat interesting, in spite of the less-than-ideal lightning. Am I being too narcissistic, here?

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Old 03-07-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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That's a tough one. I would actually be true to the original exposure and darken the trucks a bit. They are too obviously lightened in editing software right now.

I also think it needs a touch more saturation and deeper highlights.

All that being said, my sense is that a 1990s picture (even one from 1991) is not old enough to escape the high sun hammer. I know I've been hit with it with a 1984 shot. Were this a 1960s or early 1970s shot, I would think it would not be a problem (but I am honestly guessing).
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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If it wasn't something you couldn't shoot in 2011, I might say keep working onit for RP. But a quick VIA search shows F40s in that paint scheme from this year on RP. By the way, why do you not put reporting marks in? Can you not figure out what they are? I mean, maybe you could check via this web site using other shots people have loaded via the internet.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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FWIW, this F40PH is in the "as delivered" paint scheme. I don't think there are any VIA units still around in that paint scheme. A lot have been rebuilt now, and sport the green paintscheme that resembles the one that the P42 wears.

Look at these two pictures :

Old scheme
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=303944

"Newer" scheme
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=286314&nseq=2

Regarding your comments about the reporting marks, you mean I don't put "VIA" before "6427" in the unit number field?
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Regarding your comments about the reporting marks, you mean I don't put "VIA" before "6427" in the unit number field?
You're supposed to...
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Decide that 1989 is the most likely year, do what Charles said, and reupload.
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Right... Guess I'll have to go update my shots already in the DB
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Right... Guess I'll have to go update my shots already in the DB
Yeah, all those Canadian National shots, too. Just like everyone else does when they upload shots here.



I do notice they are different paint schemes now. I'm just not sure you'll get past the high sun or the noise/grain in the shot unless your shot was of a one of a kind paint scheme.
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Yeah, all those Canadian National shots, too. Just like everyone else does when they upload shots here.



I do notice they are different paint schemes now. I'm just not sure you'll get past the high sun or the noise/grain in the shot unless your shot was of a one of a kind paint scheme.
Fixed all my shots in the DB! I'll know to add the reporting marks from now on. Thanks for pointing it out!

I'll try what Charles and crazytiger are suggesting and try again. We'll see.
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What about this one :

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=815766574

I'm guessing I got a PEQ because you can see the little boy's face... but that's me, so that is appealable, I guess.

Definately something rare... unless you live in Sweden! It's just a shame that it was cloudy that day!

Any comments on composition, quality, potential improvements, etc.?
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Sorry, your mom's shot just isn't framed in an appealing way.

It's a great keepsake for your family for sure, but I think that is it.
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Sorry, your mom's shot just isn't framed in an appealing way.

It's a great keepsake for your family for sure, but I think that is it.
Right. Just thought I'd share it with the world
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Sorry, your mom's shot just isn't framed in an appealing way.

It's a great keepsake for your family for sure, but I think that is it.

Well, you might try to crop a little tighter to eliminate the pole and the front ends of those distracting automobiles. Also a little CCW leveling, and noise reduction on the trucks.

Depends on how much time you want to spend tinkering with it.

There's some neat human interest here, which is a nice change from the usual wedgie shots, but this one might not be salvageable.
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=910203&key=0

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Do you have the negative? Do you have a negative scanner?

If you can answer both questions with a yes, I'll bet you can do MUCH better.
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Do you have the negative? Do you have a negative scanner?

If you can answer both questions with a yes, I'll bet you can do MUCH better.
I thought about it.

I asked my mom about it. She says she has a bunch of negatives somewhere, but looking through them is going to be fun
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I thought about it.

I asked my mom about it. She says she has a bunch of negatives somewhere, but looking through them is going to be fun

Every time I visit my mom (I'm guessing I'm quite a bit older than you, as in 1991 I was already living with my wife), I find some more negatives or slides in her house. It's amazing what you can find. Just be patient.
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I do like this crop a lot better, but unfortunately now you are up against the other limitations of the image. If you could get a higher-res scan of the orginal negative, that might give you more pixels to work with.

Short of that, I'm not sure what else you can do at this point.
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Every time I visit my mom (I'm guessing I'm quite a bit older than you, as in 1991 I was already living with my wife), I find some more negatives or slides in her house. It's amazing what you can find. Just be patient.
Yeah, I guess one day I'll stumble upon them.

Thanks for the help, guys. It's my first time working with something that didn't came out of my 12 Mpx DSLR, and I've learned quite a bit about photo processing.

Now, let the hunt for the negatives begin
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