Old 07-11-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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I don't normally like to bring my rejection "baggage" on here for seemingly easy fixes such as "bad contrast" but I wanted opinions on this one. Did I know before submitting that the contrast is higher than what usually gets on RP? Yes. But this was just a shot that I knew from the beginning I wanted in B&W with lots of contrast to make the engine jump out from the sky and to cover over the potentially distracting details in the bottom right.

So what do yall think? Am I over eager about a mediocre shot, or does the contrast work?

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Old 07-11-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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It is a bit hard Contrast, It works for me but a bit less would go a long way.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:58 PM   #3
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RP tends to lean toward the representational. RP goes in an "artsy" direction only to a limited extent. In my view the level of contrast is appropriate as a certain photographic style but that style is not one that RP favors. One doesn't often see this level/style of contrast on RP, and I suspect when it does, it slips in or the screener sees something else of value or the screener just happens to react positively to that particular image, for whatever reason.

So a nice shot, but if you want this image on RP I think you will want to process a different version.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #4
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It's a bit "hot" for my tastes, Nick. The whites are so bright and abundant that it's as if I'm looking at movie film just before the film catches fire. The extra bright white sky along with the blown out trees do not help. Also, having the man's back at you is not aestetically appealing.

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Also, having the man's back at you is not aestetically appealing.

/Mitch
I thought about that since I've got others with the crew facing me, but if they're facing me, they weren't actually working. Maybe this is a case of "you had to be there"...the way this guy had to twist around with one hand on the handrail to tighten certain bolts. I guess that's the beauty of "posed at-work" shots on charters; you can have the "actors" face however, you like. In real life it just happens for a second, and then the moment is over. Too bad I wasn't more to the side when I shot this.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:12 PM   #6
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I wonder if the shot would work better in color. The worker's left arm, which seems to just appear out of blackness in the B&W, might look better coming from behind blue overalls.

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Old 07-12-2010, 06:35 PM   #7
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I'd love black like that for some of my shots but I'm afraid here it is too much.

While I see what you were going for (the mechanics awkward position ) it does not work in B&W because his arms are the same tone of the boiler. The line of the body gets lost and the eye can't move well.

What does it look like in color?
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Contrast is pretty high. It may work as is if the composition and cropping were stronger.
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