Old 05-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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I haven't uploaded anything for a long time. This one might be worth a shot. I have no room on the left, but room everywhere else. This is black and white film.


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Old 05-05-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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Nothing jumps out at me as being obviously wrong. You have great tonal range, solid composition, great lighting, and a very interesting shot. As a B&W nut, I love it. Good job!
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I like the shot, and it looks like never having tried black and white film was a mistake on my part. It seems very pure and clean, and nicely detailed for being at night. I'm curious as to how it was processed or if it came out of the camera like that.

I would submit it and see what happens. Maybe you have a little too much space on the right, but I'd start with what you have here and work on it if it gets rejected for something.

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There is the fence issue and that item in the foreground on the right.

Pretty nice for film, b/c it is a lot harder.
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I like it. B&W is great and you've done well with this one.

As mentioned - it's a little bit "empty" to the right which is best balanced by adding more to the left though apparently not an option. I don't the screener would object to the nearly invisible fence. The only real distraction might be the "extra" light by the nose due to the bright lamp. Can you work that? Maybe burn it in a bit to better separate the engine's nose? Maybe burn the shadows and /or midrange or selectively reduce the highlights of the lamp? Might be a plus, but not critical.

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Thanks for the ideas all. I will play with it later today. Damn HG, why did you have to point out the fence? Hope the screeners don't look at this. LOL.

Processing was minimal, just boosted contrast a bit in iPhoto. I can play with it in PSE and work on the nose and minimize that fence.
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rejected for backlit
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hmm. Clearly there is lights on both sides! haha Well dang it. I had one rejected for being backlit. I turned around and put it in a photo contest. Lots of positive reviews about "dramatic lighting" and I got 2nd place in B&W... You can't please everyone. Maybe sit on it for awhile and try to submit again down the road. It's a great B&W, too bad RP doesn't agree.
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It's funny...you can see the light in the corner of the photo that is shining on the loco. Oh well, thanks for the comments.
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Thanks for the ideas all. I will play with it later today. Damn HG, why did you have to point out the fence? Hope the screeners don't look at this. LOL.
It is a very nice image to be sure.

But the screeners are very robotic in their method(s).
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Don't worry its looks good, Not back lit but the front is dark, Can't win them all! Someday they may figure out that hard edge lighting is cool! and the right way to shoot B&W as thats the only way one gets Black to white and not a fine set of grays with out one like blacks.
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