Old 01-16-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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Anybody want to help me a little and tell me what you think about this picture for a upload?

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Old 01-16-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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I find the cut off plow to be quite distracting. I don't care for the vertical either. Were you not able to do a landscape?

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I find the cut off plow to be quite distracting. I don't care for the vertical either. Were you not able to do a landscape?
Why does every shot have to be a horizontal? With the lighting and the head-on view, plus all the usual clutter in an amusement park, a vertical composition works fine if you want to focus on the locomotive. A shot with the train not cut off would be better though.

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Why does every shot have to be a horizontal? With the lighting and the head-on view, plus all the usual clutter in an amusement park, a vertical composition works fine if you want to focus on the locomotive. A shot with the train not cut off would be better though.

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I personally like the head-on view, and since the nose of the locomotive was not obstructed, the "clutter" wouldn't necessarily take away from the image, if composed properly. I think somehow including the head-on engine with an amusement park ride, or even children walking around would be nice. You could position the engine in the right of the frame to avoid receiving bad composition as well.

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Old 01-16-2010, 12:58 AM   #5
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Chase, why don't you just take his camera, go take his shot for him, process it for him then submit it for him? Since that's basically what you described.

But seriously, the vertical works quite fine. To the OP, do you have a version where you are a bit "zoomed out" more than what you posted? The plow is cut off and it's a bit tight on all sides. It's going in the right direction, though.

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The plow is cut off and it's a bit tight on all sides...

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Old 01-16-2010, 01:22 AM   #7
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Hey so sorry guys for not saying anything till now. I was busy and kinda forgot. But anyways. Yeah I kinda realized after I submitted it that it was cut off. I do have a zoomed out version but it's a picture of my girlfriend and I. I don't think they would accept it. I mean its not a bad picture. Anyways. I did do a landscape and slightly off to the side, but the lighting was on the wrong side. Let me see what I can do about a not cut off one. But I don't think I have a good one that might work. I'll post the one of my girlfriend and I and see if you guys think it might work. I've seen many pictures of people on there.
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FOUND SOME!!! Haha. Working on uploading them now!
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:30 AM   #9
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Hey Dennis, your profile picture on here. It's of gauges I presume in a engine. I got some pictures of the gauges in this train. Would RailPictures accept something like that?
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:37 AM   #10
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=778848221
And they got it for Poor Image Quality. I'm guessing because of the Pilot?

And please help me with one of these!!! I'm working on getting my first ever picture uploaded to Rail Pictures. I really want one of these to make it since it was a special time for me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28053200@N08/4278073424/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/
This picture is showing a blow off. I just thought it was cool since it had a HUGE shadow. Maybe uploadable?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/
My girlfriend and I.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/

Please let me know which one might work and what I can do to improve it to improve my chances!
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And they got it for Poor Image Quality. I'm guessing because of the Pilot?
No, poor image quality means the image quality is poor, most likely a result of a low quality P&S camera or a mistake in post processing. I wouldn't bother resubmitting, as the pilot being cut off is rather distracting, as previously mentioned.

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And please help me with one of these!!! I'm working on getting my first ever picture uploaded to Rail Pictures. I really want one of these to make it since it was a special time for me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28053200@N08/4278073424/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/
This picture is showing a blow off. I just thought it was cool since it had a HUGE shadow. Maybe uploadable?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/
My girlfriend and I.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2805320...n/photostream/

Please let me know which one might work and what I can do to improve it to improve my chances!
The first one looks good, as far as cropping is concerned. I may decrease the exposure just a hair. Also, at first glance, it appears a little unlevel, judging by the blue structure in the background.

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Old 01-16-2010, 01:50 AM   #12
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Hey Dennis, your profile picture on here. It's of gauges I presume in a engine. I got some pictures of the gauges in this train. Would RailPictures accept something like that?
If it's a great railroad photograph, RP will post anything.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/28053200@N08/4277374911/

Would this one work? And any help, if it will work, in ways that I can fix it to make it better and a more for-sure piece?
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/28053200@N08/4277374985/

And what about this one? It's showing the engine blowing steam out the sides.

Is there any of these that, anyone, thinks might make it? I really, really want one to make it. I've never got one uploaded before.
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The gages are cut off in the mentioned photo, so I highly doubt it stands a chance. It's a pretty confusing image, too.

As for the engine blowing steam out of the sides, it doesn't do anything for me. Seems like a grab shot more than anything else.

I suggest taking a glance at my Railpictures Beginners Guide in my signature for some additional tips. I'd also take a look at what gets accepted in the database, so that gives you a feel for what to submit.

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Old 01-16-2010, 03:08 AM   #17
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Logan, first off, slow down and relax. I understand you're eager to get help, but you have to understand that it's a Friday night and most of us on the forums have jobs and/or school so we can't just sit on the forums all the time. People visit at all different times, so it's going to take a little while to get a few people to comment.

Now, onto your shots. For RP, shots taken from onboard the train have to show something very unique and/or scenic and be nearly perfect, so I don't think the blowdown shots will get on. Same with the in-cab shot, as you cut off the main gauge.

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This shot is easily the best of the bunch, but will need some work before it gets accepted. The first issue is file size. Looking on Flickr, the largest size posted is 576x768. Hopefully you have a larger original file, otherwise I don't know if it is fixable. Is that the original, or is that a cropped and resized version?

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Yeah I'm sorry about the help now deal. I understand lol. I'm going to try for the blow down shot. Well...am trying haha. But that picture should be a bigger res. I have the file and it says 2736 x 3648. My camera is a 12.2 mega pixel point and shoot.
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If it's an amusement park train, shouldn't we see the amusement park? I don't see anything RP-worthy here.
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If it's an amusement park train, shouldn't we see the amusement park? I don't see anything RP-worthy here.
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First of all welcome to RP! You have a lot of enthusiasm; by all means keep it. You are doing the right thing by coming on the forums to learn how to get on. And very importantly, you are being cool about it and not getting upset. That being said, I think you need to realize what RP is about.

RP is about great photography of trains.

RP is not about experiences that are special to you. For that, use Flickr or Facebook for directly sharing with family and friends who know and care about you. In order for us to care, you have to make the photo special for us. That means it has to conform to basic rules of photography and be about trains.

At this point your photos are at the snapshot level and won't work here. To progress, you must change your relationship to the camera and photography. You must approach the camera as a new tool and learn how it is used.

Often newbie's come on here and complain that their shots are "just as good" as others in the DB. Unfortunately, they can't see the difference yet. So take a breather, start to learn about photography in general, read RP's rules, read Chase's intro, go out and shoot, start submitting and you will get on here.

Good luck!
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