Old 06-18-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=384042

Now, I'm assuming Image Quality and RP Quality are two different things in this case, but several photographers (railfan and non-railfan) I emailed this around to agree there is nothing "poor" about the quality of the photo... "Backlit" or "Poor Cropping" I could see (but I'd probably appeal) and to a degree I was expecting a "Bad Motive"... but "Poor Image Quality"? What am I missing?

I'm thinking of reattempting the shot however, was wondering if there were any recommendations as to how I can improve the effect of the glint off the Amfleets. Any thoughts?

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(Yeah, I know, another of those dang "sunset" shots!)

*To clarify, I was figuring if I got a "bad Angle" rejection I'd just crop out the catenary and level the platform a bit more, but I'm just confused what "poor image quality" means in this case.

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Old 06-18-2007, 10:30 AM   #2
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Looks like a bit of jaggies in the catenary going from top center to center center, and the lower wires on the left edge.
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Personally I would appeal. I see what JRMDC is saying but only because he pointed it out. It doesn't take away from the photo, in my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:13 AM   #4
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Revisiting...

I didn't notice the question about the glint. Not having been there with you, I can't say what it really looked like. I'm not a fan of jazzing up a shot beyond the moment it represents. You may wish to see if a contrast increase - brightens the bright spots and darkens the dark areas - and an offsetting brightness decrease, or partially offsetting, gives you the look you are remembering.

As for the jaggies, as long as you are revisiting the image, make an effort on them. Carl didn't notice, but apparently the screener did.

Is the appeal screener more likely to have tastes like the original screener or like Carl?
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On the sidewalk at the bottom of the shot, it looks like it's turning into that "artistic" feel that you start getting with either pixelation or over compression. I look at the shot and it just doesn't move me one way or the other. It's not a bad shot, but it doesn't scream for my attention.


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Poor image quality could be related to the jaggers the catenary wire has and as the shot features the wire as a major part of the image the screener might not of been prepared to let jaggery catenary wires pass.

The other possible reason is an optical illusion of the skid mark on the platform. It kind of looks like a hair stuck on a slide when being projected on to screen if you look at really quickly.

I think it's worth trying an appeal.

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I'll hit the appeal button and prepare a slightly tighter crop, leaving out the jagged catenary.

thanks!

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I'll hit the appeal button and prepare a slightly tighter crop, leaving out the jagged catenary.

Too bad! The top half of the shot is really nice. I suggest you work with the catenary more, if the original image quality allows.
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Too bad! The top half of the shot is really nice. I suggest you work with the catenary more, if the original image quality allows.

I like it too! That's why I'm appealling before I do anything drastic... but below is what I WOULD do.
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