Old 09-18-2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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I've been going through some shots trying to find some left of center ones to upload that aren't typical train coming at you stuff. This is one I shot last winter and never really thought of trying it here. Obviously there is no way to light the engine up, but I thought that maybe it was artistic enough to get in.

Rejected for Bad Motive. What do you guys think?

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Old 09-18-2006, 01:53 AM   #2
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Joe,

I like the shot, but you need to get your blacks really black. Then it becomes almost a silhouette. All I did was open up curves, and click on the shadows dropper, then picked what looked like the darkest part of the shot, clicked on it and voila! I like it!

If that doesn't float their boat, next time you get the chance, shoot the engine broadside. Then the light on the elevator silos will show under the frame and will sihouette the stack, bell, etc. That would be a very nice shot!

Normally I try to keep flood lights out of the shot, but in this case, the light on the left makes it better.

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Your version does look much better than mine actually, Michael. I sometimes think I should take notes on why I shot from one spot and not another. From where that shot was taken, I believe there may be some growth to the left making it hard to shoot from there. I also think that if I had moved to the left any, then the grain elevator would not be behind the engine. But it's been a few months since I've been there after dark to remember exactly.


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Perhaps a crop on the righthand side also? I find the stairwell and the little tank to distract from the shot.
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Perhaps a crop on the righthand side also? I find the stairwell and the little tank to distract from the shot.
Maybe that's what the screeners were thinking with the reject of a resubmitted shot. But if I take out the stairs and the tank, then I'd be cutting it very close to the end of the locomotive.

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Old 09-18-2006, 06:21 PM   #6
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Joe,

Try taking out the stairs but leaving the tank. It produces a spot of white that mirrors the white door on the left. I'd crop at the edge of the silo and take a bit off the top to keep the same proportions and see how that goes. I kind of liked the stairs, but can see that it might draw the eye away from the main subject.

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Thanks for the help, Michael and Billy. I tucked it away for a few weeks, then came back to it and got it in!

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Thanks also to the screeners and editors who kept rejecting it only to have in come back to their que. I really thought the shot was derserving and with your suggestions, as well as Billy and Michael, I kept working on it. I think the shot kept getting better.


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Joe,

Congrats on sticking to it. It looks good!

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Ah, much better. Glad you got it in.
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