Old 03-22-2007, 01:14 AM   #1
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I have here another reject, rejected for "bad cropping." I can understand the oversharpening, but seem not to have an "eye," or a "feel, for proper cropping. Please explain what I am doing wrong, so I can totally eliminate "bad cropping" rejects. All comments/help/suggestions very much appreciated!!!

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Old 03-22-2007, 01:21 AM   #2
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Looks pretty good, but you definately need to get some of the sky out of there. Just crop out some of that and you should be good.

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Old 03-22-2007, 01:28 AM   #3
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The picture you see here is the uncropped original. How should I crop this, in terms of how much sky to remove, etc?
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:40 AM   #4
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Heres two options that might work.

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Old 03-22-2007, 01:49 AM   #5
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3:2 ratio, with less track:
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Definetly leave the track signal in the shot.


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Old 03-22-2007, 02:05 AM   #7
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I have recropped the picture to show it, leaving less track, AND leaving the signal in the shot, as per your advice, and backed off the oversharpening....let's see what happens!!!
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Definitely leave the signals in, they are the difference between a ho hum picture of a common Amtrak loco, and an interesting picture. I think Jim's crop is the way to go but I would rotate it a bit clockwise to line up the verticals. That will leave the signal mast a bit cattywampus, but that is a function of lens distortion and in my view better than having the telephone poles crooked. In the newer versions of Photoshop there is is distortion correction tool that might let you also get the signal mast lined up with everything else.

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