Old 09-03-2016, 06:02 AM   #1
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Default Is that picture level ?????

This is without any doubt a very nice photo well derserving the SC, but is the horizon level ??????????????

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Old 09-03-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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No. Needs CW rotation.
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The train is leaning CW (seems to an elevated curve) while other verticals in the scene are leaning CCW. It's a tough one that boils down to personal preference but if Jim says it needs rotation, by god, it needs rotation.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:28 PM   #4
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I go by how the trees are growing. They usually grow straight up. Shot is just a little bit off, agree with Jim above on CW correction.


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No. Needs CW rotation.
This. It's pretty obvious. The train, lamp posts and trees are all leaning left.

It's not eggregiously bad, but it's obvious.
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This. It's pretty obvious. The train, lamp posts and trees are all leaning left.
And the signal bridge.
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This. It's pretty obvious. The train, lamp posts and trees are all leaning left.
It's California. Everything leans to the left.


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It looks like a good location, but seriously not well executed, the shadows at the bottom detract from it in my mind
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Topped off with a huuuuge watermark.
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It looks like a good location, but seriously not well executed, the shadows at the bottom detract from it in my mind
What would you have chosen to do differently?
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Hmmm... Pretty shot, but could be improved. I would not only experiment with some rotation, but some perspective correction as well. My sense is that you're not going to fix the off-kilter appearance by rotation alone. And some lenses have distortion that you just can't correct, period. But it could be better than it is.

WRT the shadows, I would have used a little shadows tool to lighten those up just a tick. I might also jack the exposure by 1/3rd of a stop and see what that does. Some other tweaks might be necessary after such a change. I think the photo is just a bit dark for my taste.

Oh, and I would lose the big-ass watermark. I would put something in one of the lower corners.
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What would you have chosen to do differently?
Firstoff, show during a time of day when the scene is properly lit, or crop out the shadows.

Then, level, obviously

What I am getting at, and I dont look at all the shots here every day, but is it SC worthy? I think that's what people are asking here...
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It seems as if the reason this image got SC was because of the unconventional angle coupled with the backstory. At least, that's the only reasoning I can see for it.
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Firstoff, show during a time of day when the scene is properly lit, or crop out the shadows.
Properly lit? The sun is full and directly over the photographer's shoulder, and the shadows are long enough to indicate that the sun is not too high. I'm curious how you would improve the lighting.

I do think that the scene needs to be leveled, and minor distortion correction added. As for the shadows, other than back by the signal bridge, they're not on the subject, and don't find them particularly objectionable. As Kevin said, they could be lightened a little.
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Properly lit? The sun is full and directly over the photographer's shoulder, and the shadows are long enough to indicate that the sun is not too high. I'm curious how you would improve the lighting.
It's obviously pretty late in the day by looking at the shadows (look at the trees, not just the ones at the bottom of the frame).

So my suggestion would be shoot it about an hour or 2 earlier. He would not have high sun issues, not that, at that focal length, high sun should be an issue.

Or crop those stupid ass shadows at the bottom out.
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http://www.railpictures.net/photo/588030/ not level either, but I guess it's more of an issue here than with whoever is screening these days.
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It would appear that it was leveled using the hill in front of Mt. Hood... Or at least an attempt was made...
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It would appear that it was leveled using the hill in front of Mt. Hood... Or at least an attempt was made...
All of the poles lean left.
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