Old 06-04-2013, 06:22 AM   #1
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I have here a rejected photo kicked for poor composition/balance after two attempts to improve it. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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Find another screener?

I dunno - not a big fan, though I would accept your vision and maybe ask for a bit more sky to lower the subject closer to the bottom third.

If I were there shooting, I'd probably have shot wider so the sign was included but not necessarily ahead of the train. In other words, it may be less appealing to some as it looks like the train is going to run into the sign. Maybe it's that the sign is fighting with the train to be the subject instead of complimenting it.

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And the question that begs to be asked.....

How is the sign relevant to the Amtrak train?
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:02 AM   #4
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And the question that begs to be asked.....

How is the sign relevant to the Amtrak train?

You mean that's not a photo from "Arrow Box, Colorado"?
Lol - didn't look close - does seem an odd inclusion.

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You mean that's not a photo from "Arrow Box, Colorado"?
Lol - didn't look close - does seem an odd inclusion.

/Mitch

That is all right, I was looking at some kid's photo on facebook and he said it was taken at "red frog" and I was wondering if someone had painted a switch frog red and why.

Well, it was taken "from" red frog which is just some turn in the road that has nothing to do with the tracks.

Bummer, I thought CP Red Frog, like the Barstow Power Pool would have made for a more interesting story.
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I have seen other pics with composition similar to this taken in the same location that were accepted--reason I am perplexed and baffled!!! Several of my local fellow railfans agree.
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The subject of the photo (sign) is half in the shade.
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I tightened up on the crop, since I had plenty of pixels to work with and that did the trick. I do agree with you guys about how the sign can compete with the train--took some "doing" to finally get it right. Thanks for all the help!! I hope to have more shots in as I get time to work with them.
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I tightened up on the crop, since I had plenty of pixels to work with and that did the trick. I do agree with you guys about how the sign can compete with the train--took some "doing" to finally get it right. Thanks for all the help!! I hope to have more shots in as I get time to work with them.
Don't concern yourself about that one bit! People get pictures that are 90% barn and 10 % train in here all the time. Sometimes not even nice looking barns! Btw, I've got nothing against barns, being a farmboy I rather like them, or at least most of them. I was just sayin' that's all. Doesn't even have to be a barn, could be a non-railroad related building or even a billboard. Barns have no relation to railroads (most times) other than being part of the scene. Just like your sign!
The crop that got accepted was how I envisioned the scene when I first viewed the rejected version. Good job on getting it in.
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