Old 02-02-2010, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default Well I was so wrong.

I spent an hour or two lineside to get this shot. I had hoped to be able to get it, because we don't get too much sun.

The sun was there, the steam was there. I got pretty much what I went for.

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I uploaded to RP and it was accepted. Then.............. the photo seems to have been met by a surge of overwhelming and uncontrollable apathy.

I wasn't exactly expecting an SC or PCA, but the views have only just got into three figures.

My questions are:
  • Did I get the idea wrong?
  • Is it not an appealing concept?
  • Did I get the execution wrong?
  • Is it well below the standard it could have been?

Maybe the screeners know what they're doing when they reject backlits.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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IMO it is too nice thumbnail that doesn't make one click it. I guess that the same is problem of this photo of mine:
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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The exhaust is impressive, but personally I'm not too keen on the composition. It seems a bit unbalanced with a lot of empty space to the bottom left. I'm surprised that didn't get dinged for poor light, considering I had this rejected the first time for not enough light on the front...

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Old 02-02-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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The exhaust is impressive, but personally I'm not too keen on the composition. It seems a bit unbalanced with a lot of empty space to the bottom left. I'm surprised that didn't get dinged for poor light, considering I had this rejected the first time for not enough light on the front...

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The difference between his "poor light" and your "poor light" is artistic. He used backlighting as an artistic expression. You just shot on a cloudy day. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

As to why the OP didn't get more shots, we all like different things here. I can only guess that more people viewed it artisticlly than a shot of a train, which I'd say is still why people come to RP, to see trains.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #5
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You're right, I'm comparing apple to oranges - probably best to ignore my bitter "poor light" rant.

There is just something about the shot that puts me off but I am finding it very hard to pin down exactly what it is. Not very constructive, am I? Sorry!
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He asked for opinions. Don't apologize when you give one!
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Besides the usual steam, B/W, and non-North America issues, the thumbnail is not that appealing, just a plume and blackness. It doesn't give one the expectation that there will be more to see.
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