Old 06-24-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Here's one that got hit for bad cropping. Does anyone have any suggestions. There is no more room as this is pretty much the entire slide.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:11 AM   #2
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:14 AM   #3
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:18 AM   #4
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I don't like it that much. The guys (except for the dude on the right) are just standing around doing nothing. Not much interest in the shot in my opinion.
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Okay, so it's a boring shot. Anyone have any cropping suggestions?

Never mind. I'll just file it.

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Old 06-24-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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Is that film? I would like it if it were just the one guy cleaning out the firebox. as is there are too many people not telling a cohesive story.
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Hey, Chris;

I know you're not getting the responses you were hoping for, so I'll try to help with a more detailed reply that will essentially come down to what the other two guys said. It looks like you took a quick shot but had the wrong lens on. It's not a detail shot and it's not a full side view shot either, obviously. Out of the five men you've shot, no one seems to be doing anything of real interst. Three of them are standing with their backs turned to us. The one man who does seem to be doing something isx lost in the shot. A photograph is supposed to tell a story, but it looks like a kid who is caught talking in class and is called in front of the class by his teacher where he then freezes up and can't say a word.

So you asked how you should crop it. I don't think this is a cropping issue in post as much it were in the actual shooting. So unless you have a a frame showing either the whole engine and tender or more detail, thenI'd have to say there is nothing to be done here,
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:22 PM   #8
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Just a bunch of people standing around a train facing away from the camera, dont think this one will get on.
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Normally I would say there is really nothing there that catches my eye, but I just noticed how big those driver wheels are.
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Actually I do have a shot where it's just the one guy cleaning the firebox. I also have shots from inside the cab, and the whole engine and also when it turned the rails over. And yes, this is film.

Maybe this shot is just enough and never mind the rest.
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One the other hand. with the feedback here, it looks like this would be the best crop.


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Old 06-25-2011, 04:04 AM   #11
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Do you have a shot where the wheel is not cut off? I could maybe see a vertical crop there with just the guy and the wheel (and a little more ^)
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:14 AM   #12
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Yes, I do have a shot somewhere, where it's only the guy cleaning the firebox and two of the drivers show. I'll have to dig it up when I have some extra time.

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