Old 02-09-2009, 01:28 AM   #1
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Just when I hink I get a break with a day of nice weather (an oxymoron in Ohio), I get hit with bad cropping. So what could I do better, go wider, narrower, up, down, sideways? The thumbnail is the original uncroped version. Thanks for any help.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:47 AM   #2
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I think the best bet is to wait for an actual train to show up so both sides aren't empty. You'd want a westbound there in Kent, so also wait for the lead engine to fill a bit more of the frame. Here is what I came up with at that location in December.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:03 AM   #3
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Since you're not getting any reflection of the engines in the water, I'd be tempted to try a fairly close crop - maybe the engines and the whole of the building behind with a bit of sky. While the snow makes for a nice scene, from the standpoint of RP I'm afraid it just makes the train too far away.

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Old 02-09-2009, 04:00 AM   #4
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So what could I do better, go wider, narrower, up, down, sideways? The thumbnail is the original uncroped version.
The shadowed water really darkens the scene. As Jon said, a closer crop will help, though I don't think you need to go quite that tight -- try cropping just above the snow-covered rock in the foreground, along with proportional amounts of the left, right and sky.
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The thumbnail is the original uncroped version.
Cropping aside, why do the two look so different in terms of color? The original looks much better, IMO. The reject looks too warm, and the colors just don't seem correct.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:49 AM   #6
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The difference in color is that the thumbnail is straight from the camera color, the reject color was from Photoshop adjustments. So I might change it back, and I do have another picture, same day same place, but with a train instead of light engine move. I'll try submitting that one also.
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