Old 01-20-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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I been going through some of my older shots from the great blizzard of 2010 that struck the Mid Atlantic states.

I been challenged at this one, a shot of the Acela in the middle of the storm.

I got hit repeatedly for bad contrast

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...66&key=6598958

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...38&key=2463373

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...63&key=4577547

I made adjustments each time, trying not to kill the quality.

Then got hit w/ bad Q and bad color
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...56&key=9087942

Now it was snowing at a furious pace at the time and I think that is by biggest challenge in post processing. Sharpen too much, grainy. etc etc

What I am doing...the original is dark, so I brighten it up. Then after that make adjustments to contrast, levels etc. Then I despeckle, take out noise etc. Resize and then sharpen.

I am not an expert in post processing but I wanted to gain input to see if anyone had any suggestions.

Thank You!

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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My first thought with the 3rd rejection was bad color, and they ended up hitting you with that on your 4th. I think the 2nd rejection is the closest, but it looks a little dark. You had the color right with it, but I think with the boosted contrast, the whites need to be whiter.
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My first thought with the 3rd rejection was bad color, and they ended up hitting you with that on your 4th. I think the 2nd rejection is the closest, but it looks a little dark. You had the color right with it, but I think with the boosted contrast, the whites need to be whiter.
Thank you for that

Some of the adverse weather shots are very tough to get in but when I do they always wind up being among the highest viewed of my pictures.
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What Jim said. On some of these the color is shifted well towards the blue end, put them side by side and you can see the big change.

Your Seabrook stuff is nice, I live here and have shot Seabrook before but was not able to get out during that storm.
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The image appears to have far, far too much compression - if you're not saving your photo near maximum quality, that would help...but it's always hard to tell with snow!

In terms of exposure, the second submission was the closest. The snow should be almost white, and the blacks on the train should be quite dark.
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Good Morning!!!!!!

Well dinged for bad Q again

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...06&key=8173075

I think the compression / grain got me.

Let me review the advice and see what I come up with.
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What Jim said. On some of these the color is shifted well towards the blue end, put them side by side and you can see the big change.

Your Seabrook stuff is nice, I live here and have shot Seabrook before but was not able to get out during that storm.
Thank You! I have more...if you click on Seabrook and work down you can see some of the other shots.

One of my favs from the trip is
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It actually went in first try.
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The photo lacks a sharp point of focus, probably due to subject movement and a relatively low shutter speed. If you had succeeded in making the cab windows, nose and lights - and the chunks of snow surrounding them - pop out, it would have made all the difference. Not easy to do. Lack of contrast isn't important. You were shooting in a snowstorm. Nature gave you low-contrast lighting. What more could you expect?
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I just saw your newest Blizzard '10 photo in today's 'Top of the past 24 hours.'
Shot four days later at the same location. Just what I was talking about. Nice work!

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