Old 04-29-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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How would have you composed this view? Raise the camera? I would like your thoughts so that when the opportunity presents itself again I won't muck it up. Thanks!

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Old 04-29-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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i would have raised the camera up a little higher, slightly smaller image, maybe a slight angle...anyone else?

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Old 04-30-2011, 12:08 AM   #3
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A couple steps back, to make the straight lines straigher... less sky.

I'd try it again, for sure.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:11 AM   #4
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The PEQ might be coming from the fact that you are standing on the tracks. RP does not usually accept shots where someone is trespassing. If you had permission to be there, tell them that in the comments to screeners section and write that in your cation.
Composition/balance- I don't really know, but it might have something to do with the engine being in the center of the frame.
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First of all it looks like you were trespassing and there is no indication you were allowed to be there. It's taken from the gauge and it looks like there are easily 2 or more tracks on each side. That's probably why you got hit with the PEQ. I like it but probably not something you want to post online if you didn't have permission from NS and don't want a knock at your door from a special agent.

The balance of the image looks a little off. Standing ever so slightly to the left so it's not quite perfectly head-on. I cropped it much tighter, made it brighter, added some more contrast, a little shadow highlight tool, and adjusted the color balance just a little so it wasn't as yellow.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess this ain't the USA I grew up in if the RR would be upset for taking a picture. Maybe it's the USSA. For my collection then.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess this ain't the USA I grew up in if the RR would be upset for taking a picture. Maybe it's the USSA. For my collection then.
It's perfectly legal to take a picture of a train. It's not perfectly legal to stand in the middle of the tracks to do so...
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How would have you composed this view? Raise the camera? I would like your thoughts so that when the opportunity presents itself again I won't muck it up. Thanks!

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=926641&key=0
(I answered this in another thread.)

You are standing in the gauge in front of a locomotive that could move. That is a safety issue and is probably the reason for the PEQ. RP eschews condoning hazardous, litigious behavior.

There is a strange distortion which leads to distracting unlevel also. The pilot need CW but the cab top corners and the stripes need CCW.

What makes the shot unsuccessful for me is that you can't see the "eyes' or cab windows fully. That is the second thing I noticed with the shot.

The first thing I noticed was an excellent sky, light and idea for a shot.

Go back, stand back and you should make a good shot.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess this ain't the USA I grew up in if the RR would be upset for taking a picture. Maybe it's the USSA. For my collection then.
I have to say thats Dumb, Funny or not. A Fan was killed today standing on the tracks up in Minnesota. I never shoot on the tracks with out someone watching my back.http://www.startribune.com/local/east/121000319.html
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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess this ain't the USA I grew up in if the RR would be upset for taking a picture. Maybe it's the USSA. For my collection then.
The railroad would be upset that you were evidently trespassing, not that you were taking a photograph. But it might be easier for you to make them the bad guys by wording it the way you did.
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:55 AM   #11
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Standing a wee bit close on this one weren't we Carl? Now I'm not bashing you, but if your going to do stuff like this it might not be best to post all over the internet..

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