Old 06-11-2008, 12:54 AM   #1
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I really don't believe this one is soft.

What would the experts recommend I do? Appreciate any input.

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Old 06-11-2008, 12:55 AM   #2
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Soft.

Look at the ballast, it lacks definition. Try sharpening more.
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On your original, if you can see the number 3 inside the triangle of the white circle near the front steps, your image is sharp.

Once you resize for the web, do a slight unsharp mask (50%).
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Once you get past the softness, there is some poor light going on. Looks like the sun was dead on the nose, leaving some of the trucks in shadows.


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Once you get past the softness, there is some poor light going on. Looks like the sun was dead on the nose, leaving some of the trucks in shadows.
I'm not sure I agree with that. The shot was taken at an angle that seems to eliminate the subtle issues with lighting on the trucks.

I've attached a modified version (processed with Helicon Filter). The edge sharpening has been increased +10.

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The shadows are still falling straight down on the tracks.


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The shadows are still falling straight down on the tracks.
I don't see it that way, Joe. Look at the shadows from the grab irons and such on the nose. The shadows are to the left of the vertical pieces, which means that the sun is coming over the right shoulder of the photographer. As the photographer is on the right side of the tracks, that means the sun is not close to being nose-on.

One can also see sun on the sides of the fuel tanks of the engines, and on part of the trucks.

I think the dark sheen on the sides of the cabs of the first two units is an optical illusion. That looks like sky glint to me, reflections of the medium blue sky in the background, rather than poorly lit sides because of nose-on light.

Also, dead on the nose sun would show more shadow beneath the rail heads.
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A wedgie should be near perfect and this one, in my opinion, is not. It's not cropped particularily well either. There's too much space on theleft side of the frame. But on a second glance, what might have looked like shadows to me at first could be the low angle. It looks like the section of ground he's standing on isn't at "eye level" with the tracks, which leads to me looking directly into the black spot between the trucks and the frame.

I'm just not a big fan on this shot.


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