Old 06-09-2005, 06:50 PM   #1
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=134569

I'm not one to gripe about rejected photos, but I'd really like some opinions on this one. I've tweaked it several times in Photoshop and it keeps getting rejected, either too dark or bad contrast. If I lighten it I get "bad contrast", then if I fix the contrast it's "too dark" again. I'm happy with the way it looks, except for the headlights and ditchlights.

The location is the East Portal of Green Tree Tunnel. Although it's in the middle of a heavily populated area, there are no photos of this side of the tunnel, and only two photos of the west portal on the database.

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Old 06-09-2005, 06:52 PM   #2
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I would crop some off of the top.
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Old 06-09-2005, 07:14 PM   #3
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This shot sure has a different look to it. The effect the lights had on it almost makes it look as if it were taken in portrait mode. I like the shot as is, but if I had to change something a little of the top might help. (I suppose if you crop too much you will have a hard time getting the shot accepted because of it not being the right size)
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Old 06-09-2005, 08:04 PM   #4
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It looks pretty good to me, though the trees look blurry.
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:25 PM   #5
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Hi, Wade.

Have you considered B&W?

I copied your shot, boosted the saturation in PSP 7.0,
converted it to B&W and increased contrast and I like the
result.

By the way, I should have done that with my submission of the
CR at the Westinghouse Bridge. I subsequently
posted the revised photo here:

http://www.pbase.com/dsktc/image/44266643

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Old 06-10-2005, 03:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips, gents.

Dave,

I did a B&W version and that was rejected too. How does my version compare to yours?
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=134633

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Old 06-10-2005, 08:31 PM   #7
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Hi, Wade. I'm sorry it was rejected.
The image works in B&W, IMHO.

My version is attached. It is very
similar to yours, with perhaps a little
less contrast.

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Thanks for the tips, gents.

Dave,

I did a B&W version and that was rejected too. How does my version compare to yours?
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=134633

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Old 06-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #8
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Hey Wade,
I really like the photo. Especially the color one. What were the settings you used for this photo? It looks diffrent than most and I would like to try something like that. Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:57 PM   #9
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Hi Ryan,

I intentionally did this photo on an overcast day, because the train was headed east in the afternoon. Unfortunately, while waiting for the train the overcast got progressively darker and darker. The area around the tunnel is heavily treed in, which further cut down on the amount of light available for photography. Because of this, I had to shoot at ISO 800, my exposure was 1/320 @ f4.0. The shot was made with my (recently repaired) Digital Rebel in RAW mode. Various adjustments were then made in Photoshop.

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