Old 01-21-2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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Take a look at the 16 pix on the NS wall calendar this year:


Which would accept and which would you reject and why?

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Old 01-22-2005, 01:05 AM   #2
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You know, this is kinda funny, I had a converstation a few days ago with a good friend of mine that works with the NS about this very subject and (in our opinion) the rather poor quality of this years calender...I have 3 copies and not one of them is on the wall....

my take on it, for what its worth....

the cover shot http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/cover05.jpg
looks to be tilted to the left a bit and has soft focus...

inside cover http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/cal...de_cover05.jpg
Kinda neat, but not a lot that says train or NS....

Dec 04 http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/dec04.jpg
I like this one..

Jan 05 http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/jan05.jpg
would be ok if you could see the train through all the foliage...foreground clutter

Feb http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/feb05.jpg

March http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/mar05.jpg
Good shot..would have been better with a little sunlight

April http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/apr05.jpg
Poorly cropped, to dark and there might be a train behind all them lights..

May http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/may05.jpg
Loose the star filter and it would be excellant

June http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/jun05.jpg
Underexposed and verging on backlit...

July http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/jul05.jpg
probably my favorite of them all...something about it just works for me

August http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/aug05.jpg
Underexposed and soft focus...great angle though

Sep http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/sep05.jpg
Something is just plain funky about this one to me..beides the soft focus, the colors are just wild...

Oct http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/oct05.jpg

Nov http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/calendar05/nov05.jpg
Cropped poorly and to dark to me..but imagine what that would look like with better color, focus and sun!!

Back Cover http://www.nscorp.com/nscorphtml/cal...ck_cover05.jpg
decent....looks soft to me though..

Keep in mind that the quality of the calender may not reflect the talents of the photographers. A lot of these look like publishing problems to me, and the pictures you see on the website are somewhat better than the printed material...at least to me. But hey, its their calender, if they are good with it, then thats all that matters!! As for me, there wont be one on my wall for the first time in several years...
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Old 01-22-2005, 02:41 AM   #3
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If those who produce that calandar read this, please note: There are much better photos on this site...just contact us and I'm sure that we would be more than happy...

Yes some of those are fine photo's, but they look like poorly edited slide-scans, IMHO.

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I think NS was going for more of an artsy approach than traditional rail photography. If you look, a lot of the photos have objects in the foreground or background in addition to the train. I think it all comes down to taste. Personally, I like some of the photos. A lot of them are different from the norm.

I think the photos that are posted on their page aren't as fuzzy as on the calender. I don't have a calender, I'm just assuming, could somebody please clarify. Something seems like it went wrong in the process of transfering them to the computer.
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Old 01-22-2005, 05:22 AM   #5
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Cover photo: Brighten up, Accept
Inside: Accept
Dec: Brighten a tad, accept
Feb: Accept
Mar: Accept
Apr: Brighten a tad, accept
May: Accept
June: Accept
August: Lose the branches in front and it'd be ok, but Reject
Sept: Too dark
Oct: Accept
Nov: Subject too far away, or bad cropping
Back: Accept

And that's why they'd never ask me to be a screener... I accepted way too many.
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You also have to remember that these calendars are put together by railroad PR types. Their idea of a good photo often varies from what is shown here. Take a look at the '04 and '05 CSX calendar, a totally different format from NS's, but still ones with photos from employees.

For the '05 calendar, I submitted about a half-dozen photos. Some of which are included here. They took on of them, but personally, it was not the most artistic of the bunch. Like here on on RailPictures, acceptance is somewhat in the eye of the person that is screening and what they are looking/going to use the photo for.

Heck, my wife and I don't alway see eye-to-eye on what we like in the pictures of the kids, etc.

Here is the calendar shot:

Here is an artistic one that they didn't like:

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Old 01-30-2005, 04:33 AM   #7
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I think this topic is very entertaining. Just think what the calendar would look like if NS simply chose the first 16 most popular pics on this site under "Norfolk Southern!" Now THAT would be funny. Give it a try!
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Old 01-30-2005, 07:23 PM   #9
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Good Thread!

Cover: Undersharpened (soft)
Rear Cover: Bad Color Depth
Dec 04: Bad Cropping
Jan 05: Foreground Clutter
Feb 05: Accepted
Mar 05: Poor Lighting (Too Dark)
Apr 05: Bad Cropping
May 05: Accepted (Screeners Choice )
Jun 05: Nose too Dark
Jul 05: Accepted
Aug 05: Undersharpened (soft)
Sep 05: Bad Cropping
Oct 05: Accepted
Nov 05: Subject too far away
Dec 05: Accepted

Well that's 5 out of 15
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OH NO, they have been infected..........LOL

Just kidding
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