Old 09-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Hi all, any thoughts how to crop this one better, Im thinking a bit of sky perhaps?

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:37 PM   #2
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Less sky definitely. Personally, I'd like to see more foreground as well because the field has an interesting texture to it. Nice shot. Good luck.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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Nice shot Fanie! You guys in the Cape are lucky to have all that scenic colour in winter, unlike us on the highveld! But I agree with Chris, take out some of that sky and increase the vineyards in the foreground - if you can.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the ideas guys, will give it a try although i dont think i have more foreground. Nice to see you here Eugene, when summer comes everything will be brown again!
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:10 PM   #5
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No luck, I cropped a bit of the sky off but still get bad cropping, unfortunately the bottom is what i have from the original.

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I have another 2 shots from here taken just before and after this one which i might give a try but i liked this one the most out of the 3.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:16 PM   #6
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That's unfortunate, Fanie. I think the only way this will get in is if you sacrifice having the whole train in the shot. Crop the sky down so more, and crop out the first bush on the right side. You lose the end of the train, but it is a more pleasing crop with less sky. It's still a really nice location, nonetheless. Can you get back there and try again?

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Another thought is to crop out more sky, reduce the width/height ratio to be more extreme than 3:2, and state your case in the remarks to the screener as to why that works, in terms of keeping the entire train and having a nice position for the hill. RP almost always rejects more extreme rectangles than 3:2 but the key word is "almost."
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Chris, yes this spot is about 15 min drive from my home so i will definitely go back. Question, how much sky should go? Should the top of the hill be at the top of the pic with just a small amount of sky above it?

JRMDC, the pic is 1024 x 701 at the moment, if i understand you correctly i must crop it so its for example 1024 x 650?
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Fanie,

You could try J's idea, even going to something like 1024x630. It's not something that should be done all the time, but in certain cases, a ratio like that works.

If not, and you do go back, yes, leave just a bit of sky above the peak of the hill, since the foreground is so interesting. However, if there are interesting clouds or it's a nice sunset sky, you can leave more. The reason we were telling you to get rid of so much sky is because, in that shot, it was just a flat blue, with nothing interesting (clouds, storm light, sunset) going on.

Good luck. Looking forward to the results.

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:06 PM   #10
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Good news at last! I tried the shot that i took just before this one and it was accepted:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=297524&nseq=0

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