Old 02-10-2007, 02:27 AM   #1
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I have here a photo that was rejected for "distracting shadows," as well as being overexposed. I find it easy enough to darken it to correct for overexposure, yet do not understand the "distracting shadows" rejection, particularly since there are no harsh shadows on the train itself. All suggestions/comments appreciated..

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=336063
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:03 AM   #2
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Guys,

I have here a photo that was rejected for "distracting shadows," as well as being overexposed. I find it easy enough to darken it to correct for overexposure, yet do not understand the "distracting shadows" rejection, particularly since there are no harsh shadows on the train itself. All suggestions/comments appreciated..

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=336063
I have to wonder here if the distracting shadows was a mistake for "bad cropping" as there seems to be a bit much space on the left.

As for overexposure, this is one area where I am inexperienced. What are some others' opinions on the appearance of an overexposed photo, and whether or not this photo of William's is or not?

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Old 02-10-2007, 03:07 AM   #3
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Guys,

I have here a photo that was rejected for "distracting shadows," as well as being overexposed. I find it easy enough to darken it to correct for overexposure, yet do not understand the "distracting shadows" rejection, particularly since there are no harsh shadows on the train itself. All suggestions/comments appreciated..

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=336063
The small trees on the left are casting shadows all over the engine, as well as the front part of the first car.

As far as the exposure, you may be able to tone that down a bit, but just looking at it, I might think some elements are not going to be recovered.

Anyway, exposure or not, I think the shadows are the killer on this one, and there is not much you can do about that, aside from getting a chainsaw and giving it another try.
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:36 AM   #4
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Thanks a million for the help!!! I am going to have another "shot" at it earlier in the day, and also am going to visit this location in the spring/summer when the days are a bit longer.
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:12 PM   #5
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I would be wary of returning in the summer as those bushes will have leaves on by then (unless they are dead) which would make the problem worse.
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If it is possible to stand on the other side of those offending bushes on the grass bank that is visible on the left of the shot, then I am sure you could bag a winner at this location. There is a large shadow in shot that looks like it is from a large tree (hitting the second car), but with the sun higher later in the year I can't see this interfering. Janet is right, once those bushes are in leaf, the problem of shadows will be much worse, unless you take the shot in head on light, but head on light always makes a shot look poor to me.
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The photo also looks either over compressed or over sharpened.
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