Old 12-06-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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The bad part about shooting a railroad crossing..... someone actually stops for the train. Shot killer? Still interesting enough for RP? Other issues? The fog was lifting at this point, unfortunately.

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Old 12-06-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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I'd say no. Or rather, I'd say not interesting enough for me.

Anyway, the fog has lifted and it is now just blah overcast, and the ex-store is interesting but you don't capture it well. There is a bit of uninteresting, detail-less store side window, but the store front is at an unviewable angle (would be nice to see a "closed" or even an old "open" sign) and the sign is obstructed by the corner of the roof. Next time I'd step back and right, as close as you dare to the road, which, after all, will have no oncoming traffic!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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While I like the shot, they won't accept it (in my opinion, I should add).
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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Absolutely nothing wrong with that shot, but it won't make it on RP IMO.
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I would try to send it in but if it got rejected I wouldn't push the issue.
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I like it, but then I tend to like shots with some good context, especially abandoned places in them. Send it in, who knows what will stick and what won't?
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Awkwardly cut off buliding and sign ruin it for me. Why not back up/to the side to get the whole sign in, at the very least.
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The problem for me is the rather ugly coin laundry dominating the image. If that were an interesting (not necessarily "pretty", but interesting) building, the composition might work with better lighting (or fog). The car at the crossing is not a killer, indeed adds to the scene.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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I apreciate the feedback, guys. It's still one of my favorite shots from yesterdays short chase. (10 mile per hour branch lines are great!) I won't be uploading here, but I do like the shot as is, even if the car kinda gets on my nerves.
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