Old 07-05-2009, 03:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy Can't find the right adjustment for "Bad Color"

I have tried to correct this photo: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=703658&key=0 (this submission has a slight increase in saturation) by increasing and decreasing the saturation from the original and I cannot find a setting that is acceptable (it has been rejected about 11 times.) If I convert it to B&W, then it is rejected for "Bad Contrast" and I cannot find a contrast setting in B&W that is acceptable either. Looking at the original, I can see that it appears to be slightly over-saturated. It was shot between 4pm and 5pm local time with a clear to high, thin overcast sky. My last submission with decreased saturation was rejected as well for "Bad Color". The "sweet spot" seems to be hard to hit.

Is there an objective way to set the saturation or color depth to make it acceptable? Is there some artifact in the image that makes it difficult to fix the "Bad Color" rejection? Is there a color balance problem? If it's time to give up, just let me know.
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It looks washed out, AND overexposed. I think if you tone down the exposure a bit, and hit it with a little more saturation, you'll be good to go.

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I don't think the shot is really worth it. It's just a roster shot and it appears to have some distracting objects blocking the lead engine.

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Old 07-07-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
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Thanks, Ben, those touch-ups were the adjustments that the image needed!
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Go ahead and show it off Mark, you did a great job fixing it!

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Old 07-07-2009, 04:51 PM   #6
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BTW, for other readers of this thread, the technique employed here to tone down the exposure is outlined here: http://www.susiesthoughts.com/wp-con...verexposed.htm

Paint.NET has similar capabilities and could be used instead of Gimp.
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I think you should have spent more time composing the shot as you did processing it. Chase was right even if it did get into the database.
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I think you should have spent more time composing the shot as you did processing it. Chase was right even if it did get into the database.
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The switch, barrel, and speed limit sign are very distracting. Way too much clutter. The composition seems tight to me as well.
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Thanks for the comments, all valid, about the composition of the shot. I will keep them in mind during future shots and edits.
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