Old 04-12-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Just wondering how I should re crop this one, or should I let it go.

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No I dont have any frames with the entire elevator its way too big from where I was at to include it all.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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too early to let it go. you need to crop off the foreground ballast and much of the sky up top. don't crop the rails though. crop left side at division of buildings. That's a start. See what it looks like.
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something like this?
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something like this?
That is off balance. More off of the top.
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Try leaving the blue sky "column" at left between two buildings. Then crop off as much sky as needed to make a 3X5 ratio. Then wait for a second opinion.
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Ok here are two more edits, better/worse....

Fixing the off balance
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adding the Blue sky column

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The later was what I had in mind. It's definitely better, but I'm not sure it's great. Maybe someone else will chime in...
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If you want to a take a picture of the grain elevator, get the whole thing rather than just part of it.

The way you have your image cropped there is too much track in the foreground and that power pole on the right ain't doing nothin for the shot.

Lastly, and this is what makes the image a FAIL - the wheels of the engines are cut off behind the brush.

You need to re-shoot this at a minimum so that the wheels are visable.

Try a longer lens to get rid of all the tracks in the foreground.
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yeah, the problem is that it's not a photo of a grain elevator and not a photo of a train. it's somewhere in between.
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IMO at this exact location, you would need a train on either of the two tracks closer to you to make it work. Othrwise, you might want to move down the track a little and shoot a more typical scene --

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Joe I like the idea, but seen as to how I was visiting the area I didnt know where to go for the other shots.
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If you want to a take a picture of the grain elevator, get the whole thing rather than just part of it.

The way you have your image cropped there is too much track in the foreground and that power pole on the right ain't doing nothin for the shot.

Lastly, and this is what makes the image a FAIL - the wheels of the engines are cut off behind the brush.

You need to re-shoot this at a minimum so that the wheels are visable.

Try a longer lens to get rid of all the tracks in the foreground.

Hmm apparently the screeners dont agree with you on this one, nice try though

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I have more luck getting other people's pictures on than my own!

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Hmm apparently the screeners dont agree with you on this one, nice try though

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