Old 03-20-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Yesterday, I attempted to post a picture on RailPictures for the first time. I have long enjoyed looking at other peoples photos and figured that I’d post one of my own.

However, after spending more then an hour cropping, resizing and otherwise preparing the photo for the forum, I received an e-mail this morning informing me that my picture was rejected.

Obviously, before I waste my time preparing another photo, only to have it rejected, I’d like to know why my picture was rejected so that I can ensure that future ones will not be.

If you wish to see the picture I submitted, please open the included link and click on img_0953 to see an uncropped version of this picture…

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/S-Scal...20270/pic/list
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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You're going to need to post a link directly to the rejected photo. Meaning here on RP. Just open a window and cut and paste the adress here. Otherwise, we have to join that group.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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Sorry about that Joe the Photog;

I hope this helps...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/S-Scal...unt=20&dir=asc

The picture depicts a Check Cashing Facility in Passaic, NJ that is using an old wood caboose as its office.

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Old 03-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #4
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What I meant was open the window here on RP of the rejected photo, then cut it and paste it here. The link needs to have railpictures.net in the address. The group you're linking to does not allow non members to see files and photos, just messages. The link to RP will also tell us why the sreener rejected the shot. My guess isthat it was canned for "not the type ofmaterial we are willing to publish" based on your description. It sounds like it may be ineresting, just not RP material. I have no way of knowing this though, not seeing the photo.


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Old 03-20-2009, 12:44 PM   #5
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Joe,

I hadn’t seen the link to the picture before (as I said, it’s my first time posting) and thus had no idea why my photo was rejected.

Apparently my photo possessed “Poor Esthetic Quality: This rejection reason means that the photo is of low esthetic qualities, or is simply not the type of material we are wishing to publish.”

I still don’t know what this means or how to correct it on future pictures…

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=660282&key=0
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BN,

Besides the PEQ rejection, I observe that the photo also is not level and quite soft (insufficiently sharpened).
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Apparently my photo possessed “Poor Esthetic Quality: This rejection reason means that the photo is of low esthetic qualities, or is simply not the type of material we are wishing to publish.”

I still don’t know what this means or how to correct it on future pictures…
It simply means that the image is not what they want to accept, because of subject matter. Here, they are simply saying that the image is not connected enough to their view of railroad photography. It is a shot of a check cashing operation that happens to use an old caboose, and that doesn't fit RP's mold of what they want on the site.

You don't correct it, you take a different picture, of a different subject. You upload pictures that are connected to current railroad operations.

Another example, a RR lantern sitting on your kitchen counter, that is not an RP-type shot. A RR lantern in use at a RR, sitting on a table in a RR tower (with that context evident), held by a RR employee at work, that can be an RP-type shot.

Or just take a picture of a train.
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The image appears to be suffering from poor image quality as well. It looks overexposed, undersharpened, and unlevel, atleast on my computer. What type of software are you using?

Pretty neat looking caboose though.

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Old 03-20-2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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Personally, I have no problem with these types of photos if done right. It appears that you just took the photo at whatever time you happened to be there at and didn't spend too much time thinking about the composition. Go back when the whole caboose is in full light and no shadows. Try different angles. The broadside is okay but I think it would gain more interest to see what condition the platforms are in on either end. Finally, get more information. Abandonment and rolling stock photos can be interesting if we know what we're looking at and its history. What railroad did this come from? Where was it used? How did it get here? Etc.

Hope this helps!

Cool find, BTW!
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I don't neccesarily agree with the no shadows bit, just make sure that they're deep, dramatic shadows if you do have them.
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