Old 06-20-2009, 04:15 AM   #26
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So how is the color "too jazzed"?
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:44 AM   #27
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just what did you do to me in a previous life, anyway?
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:47 PM   #28
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I think you mean at least 100 photos a day????

But...what's the motivation for having a set number of photos added per week? What's the benefit? I'd like to see your thoughts on how you've come to that conclusion, Chuck...
I'm saying that if they truly want the best pictures on the net, then the majority of sunny wedge shots wouldn't even make it for one technicality or another anymore. I do believe they truly want variety and originality, but if they adhere by those standards too strictly, they'll only have 100 pictures accepted a week. That's where I came up with the 100. I realize they accept much more than that.

So what this comes down to is-- all of the foamy sunny wedge shots still generate traffic to the site. I do not honestly believe that they can completely separate the wheat from the chaff and still have a successful site with the thousands of visitors they so desire. Otherwise, this would become a 'niche' railroad site, and as a commercial entity that RP.net is, this would be a direction in which they would not want to take.

As a hyper-regular visitor to the site, would you keep visiting if they only accepted the uber of the creme de la creme? I think you'd want something more, some 'filler' if you will.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:01 PM   #29
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Chuck, I see where you're coming from with the 100 images per week deal but...I still don't see an answer to this statement:

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You're saying there's a minimum number of shots that need per week. Why? How does that benefit the site?

If they need a minimum number of shots, that would imply that they accept sub-par shots just to "meet their numbers." Is this what you're saying/implying because I didn't see an answer to that question in your post above...
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You're saying there's a minimum number of shots that need per week. Why? How does that benefit the site?

If they need a minimum number of shots, that would imply that they accept sub-par shots just to "meet their numbers." Is this what you're saying/implying because I didn't see an answer to that question in your post above...
Chris, the typical RP conspiracist would certainly hold that viewpoint.
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Maybe this guy knows the answer to that:

(only Pretty in Pink fans will get that photo reference. )
I worked once with Molly Ringwald and John Cryer (never James Spader) on separate occaisons and my brother-in-law sorta looks like Cryer.

Does that count for anything?

Is that why I'm "jazzed"
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I worked once with Molly Ringwald...
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Steff wouldn't have been "too jazzed," though.
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I often wonder if the site doesn't have a minimum number of photos they target to accept weekly. I know they don't wish to overload the site with junk, but I'm pretty sure they want to have more than 100 photos added a week. If people simply aren't submitting, it's my guess that a lot of the regulars can probably get shots accepted that would normally get rejected by someone else with less RP experience.

Again this is conjecture on my part, but as we all know about RP.net, everything is an ancient Chinese secret around here!
The first two sentences are pretty unclear or completely so. And when you add the next two sentences you come across as a nut/grump, not to mention just plain wrong (which, of course, helps you to come across as a nut/grump).

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I'm saying that if they truly want the best pictures on the net, then the majority of sunny wedge shots wouldn't even make it for one technicality or another anymore. I do believe they truly want variety and originality, but if they adhere by those standards too strictly, they'll only have 100 pictures accepted a week. That's where I came up with the 100. I realize they accept much more than that.
I agree/disagree. It isn't that the majority of sunny wedge shots have "one techicality or another," it is that those shots are mundane, not "best." Except, I suppose, that they are the best possible sunny wedgie shots. If you want *nice* shots of trains, aka well lit wedgies, RP is by far the best place to see them. So in that sense the wedgies don't take away from "best," no matter how much they devalue the site to those who want to see great photography and have to spend time going through the chaff.

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So what this comes down to is-- all of the foamy sunny wedge shots still generate traffic to the site. I do not honestly believe that they can completely separate the wheat from the chaff and still have a successful site with the thousands of visitors they so desire. Otherwise, this would become a 'niche' railroad site, and as a commercial entity that RP.net is, this would be a direction in which they would not want to take.
I think I said something like the following a year or two ago, will probably come out differently this time. I view RP as a combination major league / minor league site. It accepts a significant volume of (well-done) wedgies from the minor leaguers. Some of those people stick around and become major leaguers, and that results in RP getting a (smaller) volume of "better" photography. It seems workable to me, and I can't see how separate sites for the minors and the majors would work out as well.

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As a hyper-regular visitor to the site, would you keep visiting if they only accepted the uber of the creme de la creme? I think you'd want something more, some 'filler' if you will.
Actually, yes, I would, and no I do not want filler, but RP serves multiple audiences (and pretty darn well, all considering!) and I know there are lots of people that want or even prefer the filler, and the numbers of those people are well dominant and I am just one person.

PS: RP must, of course, continue to accept the non-wedgie sub-best fare that I am able to provide.
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I worked once with Molly Ringwald and John Cryer (never James Spader) on separate occaisons and my brother-in-law sorta looks like Cryer.

Does that count for anything?

Is that why I'm "jazzed"
I actually watched them shoot a lot of that movie (the record store stuff). It was all done at what is now the Third Street Promenade, but was then the wreckage of the Santa Monica Mall.

Long, long time ago. Never had a crush on Molly though, not even then, seeing her five feet from me.
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Forgot to consider an alternative crop. Also, the colors in Dennis' version are too jazzed for my tastes, these are more muted.

Good luck figuring out what to do!
Thanks to the ongoing replies to this I decided to take another stab at this based on this and other suggestions. You'll notice the similarity in crop although this is actually a different original image that was more composed this way (note the different stance of the people). Anyway - I appreciate the assistance and I think my take-away from this at least in part is that I need to continue working on my "post processing skills" before uploading here. I can see where this is a more appealing end result than where I started from.

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Old 06-21-2009, 02:17 PM   #36
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Congrats on getting it in!

I think you are quite wise to come away with the realization that processing is what was needed.

Meaning you could see that in spite of all the blather that I and other's were a part of!
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MUCH stronger composition, Michael. Well done.
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