Old 09-24-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Suggestions on how to crop this one please.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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The first thing that struck me was the streetlight arm coming from nowhere. Unfortunately, I think if you crop that out and stay horizontal, you'll end up moving the train too close to the edge of the picture. Maybe try a vertical?

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #3
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Assuming the lamp isn't a problem (and do you have the pole on the right that you bring back in) then I would suggest simply taking off a good bit of the sky, maybe 3/4 of the distance from the top down to the top of the signal.
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Assuming the lamp isn't a problem (and do you have the pole on the right that you bring back in) then I would suggest simply taking off a good bit of the sky, maybe 3/4 of the distance from the top down to the top of the signal.
I gotta disagree with J on this. I think the sky (especially the thunderheads) are much more interesting than the foreground, so I would crop the bottom until those green weeds at the lower left are gone. Also, since the track curves in front of you, we know where the train is going to go, so crop the right to get rid of the floating streetlight.

While you're at it, if you keep the sky, might want to try some shadow/highlight to make the clouds pop more.

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I gotta disagree with J on this. I think the sky (especially the thunderheads) are much more interesting than the foreground, so I would crop the bottom until those green weeds at the lower left are gone. Also, since the track curves in front of you, we know where the train is going to go, so crop the right to get rid of the floating streetlight.

While you're at it, if you keep the sky, might want to try some shadow/highlight to make the clouds pop more.

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Ok on the weeds, but if you crop the right, probably a good thing, you get a squarish frame that just doesn't work for me, and it feels bottom heavy. Crop the top also, call it halfway from the top edge to the top of signal.

A thunderhead hidden by trees and a signal doesn't do enough for my eye to justify keeping it around at the cost of the overall balance. Different eyes, different preferences.
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Aleks - I think this is the direction Chris is suggesting . . . Doesn't look too square to me.

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Old 09-25-2009, 04:18 AM   #7
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Aleks,
I just chopped 3/8" off the bottom and it instantly took on a different overall feel.
Try what the others suggested and then try that and decide for yourself what you like best. The streetlight coming out of nowhere doesn't bother me, I know what it is so it doesn't seem out of place. The signal gantry is coming out of nowhere too, and it looks alright...

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Jon, I went with Chris and your sugestion but I guess that wasn't what the screener had in mind.
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I got to this late, so I'm just going off the second reject right above me. The train is too far to the right of the frame. It draws my eyes down the seen side of the train to nothing. The signals in the background seems oddly coming out of the trees.
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