Old 07-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Last evening I spent some time at Sandpatch and tried to get creative with some of my shots. I tried to reproduce a Mitch Goldman shot that I've always been impressed with (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=161179&nseq=0).

I submitted my version of it but got the dreaded PEQ rejection of death.


Any suggestions on what I can do better/differently next time?


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Old 07-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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In Mitch's shot the subject is the connection, in your shot the subject is a couple of freight cars. My eye goes first to the brighter car on the right, and doesn't spend that much time at the dark, rather small and undetailed couplers, rather, looks all around for a place to land, and really finds none.

Also, his has a much stronger feel of movement. I think you are at the wrong scale, too loose to focus on the connection, too tight to show the movement of the cars against the background.

Try again, and look for a composition, not just a snapshot.

Here is a blur I like, plus one of my own which is OK - but both are truck blurs, not coupler blurs. For coupler blurs Mitch's is about as good as it gets.

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This one isn't a detail blur but I do like it, and it shows what one can do with entire freight cars.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and help. I've been hoping to get a Mitch-like pan shot...I'm getting closer but not there yet. I did try to recrop for giggles. Does it seem any better?
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