Old 05-30-2007, 01:12 AM   #1
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are you guys getting sick of these threads? lol. Anyways this photo got knocked again this time for cropping, I did take out some of the left side and bottom of the photo. I guess I could figure it out by messing with it some more but I just felt liking getting some opinions on this one before submitting it again.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:36 AM   #2
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Your shot is similar to one of my favorite angles in Arvilla, ND. Definitely more off the left for starters.

From a composition standpoint, two things:

1) Maybe let the train get closer (assuming shadows don't fall on the nose of the lead loco) or move further down the curve to your left to include the trailing train.

2) Including the crossbuck might be a tough sell because of the shadows on the ground leading up to it.

Here's a couple of examples on how I crop curve shots like this:

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Old 05-30-2007, 01:43 AM   #3
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Chris makes good suggestions for next time. For this one, it might still make it, maybe crop the shadow at bottom, and crop the left to keep the ratio about the same? Make sure you keep the milepost.
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I seriously doubt you will get the crossbuck in this shot. You'll have to crop it out. Anotehr thing to consider for next time you're at this spot or one similiar is whether or not you want a crossbuck but no road in the shot. The better shot might be to stand onthe other side of the road and use the other crossbuck as a framing reference. You might get screwed a time or two with a car that just has to get right up to the crossing, but if you don't, you have a better shot.

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Of course, looking through my shots, I see I wasn't taking my own advice last year --

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Joe meant this: (typo: he had an extra space within the brackets)
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Thanks, Janusz. It's from cutting the number off of the picture page and pasting it in the forums.


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Oh im not worried about cars passing this is out in the boonies lol, sat there for 3 hours and only a farmer and his tractor went by. I wont worry too much if this shot doesnt make it in the end, because I want to shoot at this spot again. Those are some nice shots Chris, those tracks seem seem very similar, reguarding the other crossbuck there is a sharp dropoff right next to it so it would be a lot lower angle almost at track level. I'll just take some more out of the shot and submitt it, thanks guys.
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Oh im not worried about cars passing this is out in the boonies lol, sat there for 3 hours and only a farmer and his tractor went by. I wont worry too much if this shot doesnt make it in the end, because I want to shoot at this spot again.
You could always try this angle on a curve like that (almost identical to the one in my shot):

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You could always wait a second or two later until the engine is closer to the crossbuck. Then you'd lose the rear of the train, but at least you're have something of interest in the foreground that would make up for it.
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