Old 11-30-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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I have had pretty good luck as of lately with getting photos accepted but ran into the cropping monster tonight. Thoughts on how to crop this one? I have room on top, bottom and left to work with. Thanks!

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Old 11-30-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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Too much on the left and too much sky. Something looks off with the colors too, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:39 AM   #3
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Take about 1/2 of that space in front of the train out, then take a little of the top and bottom
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:28 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I'll have a go at it again. Wyatt, on second glance, the colors do look a little too strong. I'll tone them down and see if it looks less Candyland.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:41 AM   #5
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Another bad cropping reject. Have at it!

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Old 12-04-2011, 02:35 AM   #6
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I like your shot just as it is. Perhaps it is a bit heavy on the foreground, but still a decent shot. Good application of basic photographic "rules": Rule of Thirds, and Leading Line. Maybe the screeners would have preferred a "wedgie"?
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:43 AM   #7
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The bottom left is so empty that any trimming will be beneficial in my view. You may want to trim to the end of the 3rd engine. You may want to trim to the end of the 2nd engine. You may want to trim a wee bit on top and bottom, and you may even want to trim down from the top, getting rid of the top of the lightpost, and end up near the mailbox (to reduce the squareness after the left side trim). Look to cut.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:49 AM   #8
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I'm just not sold on cropping into the light pole. In my eyes that would be bad cropping, making for an awkward "pole to nowhere". As for the empty space to the left, yes, I can see removing some of it but my intentions were for the road to lead to the locomotives, which it does and for the mailbox to balance the right side of the image. Screener input would be more than welcome for this one
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Janusz and n70guy, thanks for your help with my most recent reject. Made adjustments and the result was successful. Thanks again!

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There you go, looks good!
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Both of them look perfectly fine to me, but as for the original reject I would try to take some off the top.
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The first one is great, can't understand why they rejected, I would straighten it a bit by rotating it 1/2 degree counter clockwise. The truck parking sign in the second shot is turning me off personally.
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The first one is great, can't understand why they rejected, I would straighten it a bit by rotating it 1/2 degree counter clockwise. The truck parking sign in the second shot is turning me off personally.
I think I can maybe understand the first rejection; it's in the way the road is cut off on the left side. If you had moved over to the left to take the shot, the converging lines of the road would come up evenly from the bottom of the frame and lead the eye directly to the train, so the "emptiness" of the road would have purpose and perhaps not be as off-putting to some. As for the second shot, it looks to me it got in with minimal cropping off the sides. Perhaps I'm missing something but I really don't see a heckuva lotta difference between it and the rejected version. Which makes me wonder why it was rejected in the first place. Like I said, perhaps I'm missing something. Oh, and I like the truck parking sign.
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They both look good but I'm kinda surprised this one made it on and the other didn't.


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I think I can maybe understand the first rejection; it's in the way the road is cut off on the left side. If you had moved over to the left to take the shot, the converging lines of the road would come up evenly from the bottom of the frame and lead the eye directly to the train, so the "emptiness" of the road would have purpose and perhaps not be as off-putting to some. As for the second shot, it looks to me it got in with minimal cropping off the sides. Perhaps I'm missing something but I really don't see a heckuva lotta difference between it and the rejected version. Which makes me wonder why it was rejected in the first place. Like I said, perhaps I'm missing something. Oh, and I like the truck parking sign.
I can see your your reasoning as to why it was rejected as well. I'll play around with the photo a bit but if I don't find a pleasing crop I'll just redo the shot sometime.
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