Old 06-23-2007, 04:58 AM   #1
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Can someone offer some advice on this photo. I tried to get a broad perspective of the "features" of the area (different roads, the viaduct, river, etc...) but was rejected for composition/balance.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=386150&key=0


What can I do better the next time that I try this shot?

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Old 06-23-2007, 05:03 AM   #2
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I like it, but the light is just not there, literally.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:34 AM   #3
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Agree. The balance/composition isn't the issue here, but rather the lighting...
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:57 AM   #4
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Get a train coming to you. Next question, do they still use the trestle in the shot?


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Old 06-23-2007, 01:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies! After my original post I did some further reading on here and found a message from Andrew B that said too much sky isn't recommended (I'm paraphrasing here). I ended up cropping & sharpening it in PS and got it accepted.


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...191101&nseq=24

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Old 06-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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Joe -

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately the rails have been ripped up and are now part of a rails-to-trails biking/hiking path. Does make for nice shots from off of it (was even nicer prior to the Meysersdale bypass - the 4 lane road - being built).

Thought you might like this link.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=153168&nseq=3

Thanks again for the reply.

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Old 06-23-2007, 02:38 PM   #7
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Hey, Brian;

The crop does work the way you got it in, maybe more with the train going away. Next time you go there if you're lucky to get a train coming at you, I'd still like to see a wider shot like the original one, *if* the lighting is right. Too badabout the viaduct above being closed; I kinda figured it was. And thanks for the link;nice shot and no one should be surprised to see the name of the photographer listed.


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Old 06-23-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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Brian,

I liked the original wide version, because of the strong S curves on the railroad and highway. For me, the little bit of road on the left of the image was the compositional element I would get rid of.

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Joe,

I'm definately looking forward to getting back and snapping a few more pics from that location so I should be able to get one coming at me.

As for the viaduct, I only had 1 opportunity to watch a train cross it. I was about 5 or 6 years old at the time but I can still recall it. WM F units and a mixed freight. Was really something to see!

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I ended up cropping & sharpening it in PS and got it accepted.
Goes to show what I know!
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Goes to show what I know!
Considering you have just a few more photos accepted than me, I'd say you know your stuff.

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i liked the original better than the cropped one
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