Old 02-12-2007, 04:43 AM   #1
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This one got rejected for poor cropping. I'm stumped as to where to crop now and how much to crop. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:46 AM   #2
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Nice shot. Too much sky though. Take some of that off and maybe a tad off the left and you're golden...
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To be honest, I would try to appeal it. Yes, you could crop out the sky and make the photo as boring as can be. Its a really nice photo now and if it cant make it on as is, I wouldn't tarnish it butchering it for this site
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I love it as is also. Appeal. I think it helps to wirte a few sentences in the appeal explaining why you think the crop is well done.
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I like this type of shot, railway in the countryside. Shows the territory that the train runs through and illustrates the season well.

Your remarks:

"A fresh blanket of snow covers the small town of Toluca as a stack train barrels west across the countryside."

These tell folk just what the shot is about.

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Crop it in a little on the bottom and a little on the right. The bottom is just brown grass and dormant trees, not that interesting.
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The image quality looks a little iffy as well. What type of camera are you shooting with?
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The image quality looks a little iffy as well. What type of camera are you shooting with?
Ya, I didn't want to bring this point up in my first post, but the image quality is really holding the image back
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Right now I don't have a very good camera. It's basically a 4 mp point and shoot camera and I'm forced to shoot with auto settings and can only do a 5 second exposure for night shots. This isn't the first shot that has been the victim of my crappy camera. (Actually I'm amazed I've gotten so many shots in with it.) I'll hopefully be getting a new camera within the next few months, but I'm currently held back by the college budget (Lots of debt, little income). I probably could have zoomed in a bit more, but the auto focus hurt on this shot since the train was so far away. Anyway, I sharpened the shot up a bit and it looks a little better. I'll try once more to see if that works, if not I'll just have to try the shot again next winter. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:34 AM   #10
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Gorgeous shot, IMO!!

If anything, I'd say trim a little of the left edge, so that the trees aren't hanging over the tracks. However, not so much that the grain elevator is compromised.

There isn't anything wrong with the sky in this photo. It's just right, not "too much" as one poster put it. "Too much" would be when the bottom border of the image is skirting the train.

RE: the quality issue, try resizing it to a medium that fits the megapixel rating on the camera. As I said in an earlier thread, these 1024x___ resize jobs that everyone is known for aren't doing them any favors. 4.0 megapixel (2304x1728 ) breaksdown to a 4:3 ratio...so resize it to 800x600 for starters, see if that makes any difference.

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