Old 12-04-2004, 06:04 AM   #1
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This photo was rejected for underexposure. How was this determined? The darkness around the cab windows on the second unit perhaps?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=71664

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Old 12-04-2004, 06:25 AM   #2
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Not sure. I like that shot though...
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Old 12-04-2004, 05:55 PM   #3
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I've had shots rejected for being too dark as well. Personally I prefer a little darker image and I like your exposure. If you were to hold a print of your image next to the real scene your colors are probably darker than the real colors due to slight uderexposure.

Another issue is monitor calibration. Everybody's display has a little different color and brightness. Maybe this shot looks perfect on your display and dark on the screeners.

Did you shoot any pictures emphasizing the puddle? A wide angle shot of the trains reflection in the puddle with the actual trains in the background would have been cool. Just a thought.

See my two accepted photos here

Photo# 85219 was originally rejected for being too dark. I lightened it and re-submitted. It was accepted this way but when I made a print for my self I printed it the dark way.

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Old 12-05-2004, 12:57 AM   #4
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Matt,

If you have Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, then go into the histogram adjustment and slide the white slider (on the right side of the graph) towards the left a bit. This should brighten up the image quite nicely without losing contrast density.

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Old 12-05-2004, 01:33 AM   #5
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You may also want to tilt the photo about 0.25 degrees counterclockwise. The poles in the background give away the fact that the horizon is unelevel. Try that along with adjusting the levels and you should be good to go with it.
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Old 12-06-2004, 01:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions, you can view the accepted photo below.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=86831

I wasn't able to get artsy with the puddle because I was in a yard and would have had to cross tracks to get a wider angle, plus I generally don't hang around yards too long, just drop by and shoot something if it's there.

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Old 12-06-2004, 06:38 PM   #7
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I still like it the natural way. The darker feel and contrast brings out the yellow and blue more in the lead unit......oh well
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