Old 02-13-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Question The Bad Cropping Blues

This was hit. I have more on all sides so should I move the engine more to the left off the frame? That is my thinking but since I seem to be a bad cropper, I would like another opinion. I will fix the oversharp issue. Thanks for help.

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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I am thinking the opposite, crop top and right.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:39 PM   #3
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I am thinking the opposite, crop top and right.
I second that. Not much interesting on right. Little tight as below. Also looks dark on my monitor.Attachment 8438

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #4
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Hum, you're in my area now - like them rocks?

Here is a shot that I have in the DB from this spot and that might give you an idea as to where to start.

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My shot was late in the afternoon, in June so the light is very different.

I would also suggest using a subsequent frame with the train further to your left, or else chopping off the empty space on the left of your original - course you will probably loose the rooks on the top if you do that.

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Wow, one of those shots is majorly unlevel. Carl's or Billy Bob's?
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Wow, one of those shots is majorly unlevel. Carl's or Billy Bob's?
Do they build unlevel transmission towers?

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Do they build unlevel transmission towers?
I just wanted Billy Bob to admit it and now you called him out on it. Prepare for a two page diatribe of why he thinks that shot is level (especially since you and I have never been there).

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HG is claiming Sullivan's Curve as his own now? His level of egocentrism knows no bounds!
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I just wanted Billy Bob to admit it and now you called him out on it. Prepare for a two page diatribe of why he thinks that shot is level (especially since you and I have never been there).
My power towers are plumb and Lloyd's argument is what I would say to a screener - although like everything else here, it really doesn't matter.


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Yes, it is "my" freaking desert - how Daniel Valentine of you.

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My power towers are plumb and Lloyd's argument is what I would say to a screener - although like everything else here, it really doesn't matter.
If "plumb" means "leaning to the right," then I'd have to say you are correct.
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my power tower goes right
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Before I go that route I went with a more 2:1 crop since I really wanted to show the massiveness (sp) of the rock formation of the curve and how it dwarfs the train. I guess since my rejection again was again for bad cropping and not for the aspect ratio the door is open for more panoramic type images.

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I guess since my rejection again was again for bad cropping and not for the aspect ratio the door is open for more panoramic type images.

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My take.

I leveled, brightened, and cropped.

I went to Sullivan's Curve a few times over the decades. I even zipped through last March on the freeway. I would love to go back.

Good shot.

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Thanks Dennis. I will give it one more shot following your edit. I did appeal my last shot and was pleasantly surprised that even though they denied my appeal, I at least got an explanation. The screener said "The image is very unbalanced with way too much rock on the right side of the frame. Thanks!"

I wanted to show the "massiveness" of the rock formation to the RP viewers since it does make everything else near it appear miniature in scale. Oh well, Que Sera, Sera.

I would like to go again also. I know the place well since I went there two years in a row. Heck, I could be a guide...LOL
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Carl,

I kind of liked your 2:1 cropped landscape crop with all of the massive rock on the right side. It was different, hence, could draw you in. But I can see why the the appeal was rejected since it IS different and “unbalanced” from what is normally chosen.

I’d be happy to take you up on being a guide to photographing Sullivan’s Curve!

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