Old 07-28-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Took this at sunrise. I thought it looked OK for an early AM shot. Thoughts on how to correct?

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Old 07-28-2014, 04:53 PM   #2
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Underexposed is an easy "I want it in RP" fix. Just make it brighter.

More exposure, or more shadow fill or boost the highlights in levels.

In this case, I'd boost the highlights in levels and then darken the midtones
by the same amount to rebalance it. That's increase it's contrast too.

Now - is the picture "interesting" enough for RP being that you have a
partial string of passenger cars vs one single subject to be the focal point,
other then the secondary? subject being the water tank.

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What Mitch says if it's important for RP to accept. I think the exposure is fine. I'd correct a little for wide angle distortion and crop tighter - trim off the fence at left and lower a little from the top.

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I think the overall lighting is quite flat, and uninspiring. I would consider a much more agressive crop to showcase the color you do have.

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Old 07-28-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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Underexposed is an easy "I want it in RP" fix. Just make it brighter.



Now - is the picture "interesting" enough for RP being that you have a
partial string of passenger cars vs one single subject to be the focal point,
other then the secondary? subject being the water tank.
Do you think I have to many items vying for attention. What if I eliminate the switchstand and some of the cars and go vertical like this?

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Is that better or do I still need lighten it?
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Fixed the flat lighting by upping the highlights in levels and dropping the midtones.

What you have in the crop is now a glowing HDR still lacking contrast.

Not sure if many will find the water tank appealing enough as main subject to the now
tiny passenger coach.

Really needs an appealing main subject to focus on, I think. Something to catch your attention. A single passenger car with historic appeal, an employee, or an engine would make the shot. Or, y'know, maybe a dog.



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Do you think I have to many items vying for attention. What if I eliminate the switchstand and some of the cars and go vertical like this?

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Is that better or do I still need lighten it?
Eliminate the fence on the left....the switch stand is good foreground stuff. Don't know if you can fix the highlight on the side of the car, it looks pretty blown out to me. But the basic problem is possibly that despite the great lighting there is no real subject to grab you. A cute dog might help.
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