Old 08-20-2010, 04:01 AM   #1
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Rather than submitting these i figured i'd get some opinions/tips on these following shots. The night shot is very experimental and i didn't have a tripod to use at the time. The CSX engines are due to the derailment near Selkirk, NY on the hudson line. That train was running on the NS Southern Tier/ NYS&W. The tunnel i have many different shots and of all i'd like this one to get in as the otisville tunnel is a good landmark for the line.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:08 AM   #2
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None of them will get in. The first one is underexposed and a bit too noisy. The second one is bad cropping, subject too far away, bad lighting, and poor image quality. The third and fourth ones have a blue tint and are under overcast conditions.

Watch the database closely and see what gets accepted, then compare those images to your rejections.

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Old 08-20-2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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the lighting is pretty blah, the second one is the only one I see having any sort of potential, and not the shot itself. Do you have any shots more zoomed in on the train coming out of the tunnel?
Honestly the last two are absolutely terrible, you've been here long enough to know that stuff like that wont make it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:50 AM   #4
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1 is not sharp and I don't think enough detail, but it's an interesting idea.

2 the idea is there, but the lighting is off. I can't tell if it was back lit or cloudy. Make sure your shadow is pointing at the tunnel portal. Also keep in mind the rule of thirds on this one.

3 is cloudy day common power

4 is cloudy day common power

I feel your pain though, I'm working a new job where I get to be downtown Baltimore 2 days a week from 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30-4:30 so I can get a lot of train action and it's been cloudy. Grrrr
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Yea you're all right... i just haven't been having any good luck with taking shots lately, either the light is wrong or its cloudy or the shot just sucks. The tunnel one i have a shot where you just see the nose coming out but the light is still no good.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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Except for the tunnel shot, none of the CSX shots tell me this is a detour over non-CSX rails. They're just shots at nondescript locations. The biggest issue people have with shooting interesting movements is not planning shots around recognizable landmarks and instead getting the train with a background of trees that doesn't give the viewer any clues to where the shot was taken. For the CSX detours, I would have planned on shooting at Otisville Tunnel (like you did), the Port Jervis station, the Delaware River bridge at Mill Rift, the station at Campbell Hall or passing the depot in Callicoon.

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Old 08-21-2010, 03:16 AM   #7
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I see your point, got the otisville tunnel shot but the light wasn't exactly great as you can tell i did not have the ability to really chase it to many other locations except for those second 2 along the hudson secondary
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