Old 02-09-2014, 04:09 AM   #1
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How do snow shots make it on without poor lighting?

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Old 02-09-2014, 04:45 AM   #2
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How do snow shots make it on without poor lighting?

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They are screened by other screeners.

If you can't go back and shoot that snow storm scene under sunny skies, I'd suggest for RP you process away the poor lighting.

You can do some combination of brightening and, more beneficial, shadows and highlight filtering with the goal of recovering details in the shadows and brightening the image (even if it looked exactly as you uploaded originally).

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They are screened by other screeners.
Pretty much this, but I'd also say that it helps to shoot more of a scene and not just a train.
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Pretty much this, but I'd also say that it helps to shoot more of a scene and not just a train.
Helps the photographer, but not necessarily in getting an image into RP.

Besides, there is a signal mast in the shot.

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It seems really in your face to me.
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There's been a LOT of blown out cloudy snow shots getting on lately. Some screeners apparently care more than others. I dont think ANY of them should get on, including yours. Yours is especially bad.
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Yours is especially bad.
What's the point in saying that? It's not especially bad and probably pretty close to as seen with the photographer's own eyes. If you have a filter such as "Shadows and highlights" that can bring back some detail in the brightest areas of the image while at the same time allow you to so in the shadows, you should be able to make the image more appealing - and even get it on RP.

Make the scene a bit brighter, brighten the falling snow and the area by the dark plow of the engine. Then use the highlights filter or curves to then bring back detail in the brightest spots to better reveal detail there as well.

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What's the point in saying that? It's not especially bad and probably pretty close to as seen with the photographer's own eyes.
It's especially bad in my opinion because in addition to the blown out sky, the snow on the ground is completely blown out, almost glowing, no definition. And it's a tad unlevel IMO.

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The histogram is on the mark and there was not one pixel that seemed blown out past recovery. Just needs a little finesse in processing.

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The histogram is on the mark and there was not one pixel that seemed blown out past recovery. Just needs a little finesse in processing.
Well, as-submitted, it's not good... period. And that's what we are talking about here. especially the area lower to middle left in front of the train.

Sometimes conditions just arent conducive to photography.
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Back off the saturation as well, that is really juiced.
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Can someone please explain this "dogcatch" term? Saw someone on fb use it last week and I'd never heard it before in relation to the railroad. Now I see the OP used it in his caption.
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Can someone please explain this "dogcatch" term? Saw someone on fb use it last week and I'd never heard it before in relation to the railroad. Now I see the OP used it in his caption.
Dog catch refers to a new crew taking over a train for a crew who has run out of hours to operate their train.

Such terminology would be better known if RP was more K-9 friendly. Dogs and trains - they are integral to both the business (dogs on trains) and to the hobby.

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Can someone please explain this "dogcatch" term? Saw someone on fb use it last week and I'd never heard it before in relation to the railroad. Now I see the OP used it in his caption.
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Dog catch refers to a new crew taking over a train for a crew who has run out of hours to operate their train.
Must be a Western thing... never heard anyone use that nomenclature before
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I thought it was a western thing till last week. I was talking to the CSX dispatcher and he talked about a crew "dogging" and having to send out the Dog Catcher. First time I've heard that since I came out this way. Mostly in the east you hear about a crew "dying", "Turnin' to Pumpkins", "Going on the law", or "lawing out".
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I appreciate the criticism. I'm not a professional photographer by any means and this is my first time shooting in these conditions. I do have some shots where the sky and snow are not blown out, but it was rejected for underexposure and I agree the scene does look dark. I'm trying to capture the railroad working under heavy snowfall and obviously the lighting is less than ideal. I can also see where it is in your face and I will have to try more of a "scene." Any more zoomed out and the snowfall begins to take over the picture.

Interesting that "dogcatch" isn't a universal term. I remember hearing it the first time I learned about crew vans. But now that I think about it, what does "dogcatch" really have to do with picking up crews?
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It's especially bad in my opinion because in addition to the blown out sky, the snow on the ground is completely blown out, almost glowing, no definition. And it's a tad unlevel IMO.
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Now that I've suffered the wrath of Troy, can I be an official RP forum user?
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Now that I've suffered the wrath of Troy, can I be an official RP forum user?

Troy is an acquired taste and his bark is much worse that his bite - metaphorically speaking.

You know who is always dog catching, or being dog caught (dying on the law) - Welchie.

BTW - your photo too dark and way too saturated. On a sunny day it would be called being in "Candyland."
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