Old 10-18-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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I'm starting to suspect that every so often your number comes up. Sometimes it's by the IRS to be audited. Other times it's by RP to by nitpicked to death, because I'm not seeing it.

Second reject --

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...88&key=3587196

Mostly the PIQ that I'm not seeing. Contrast? Sure. OK.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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It looks like you took the sharpen slider to eleventy-billion or had a bad resize sample. The image quality is pretty rough as a result. Jaggies are everywhere.

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Needs more contrast! It's very blah looking.

Oh yeah, it's unlevel.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:01 AM   #4
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You might also try reducing the exposure to a modest degree (darker).

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Old 10-19-2012, 01:39 AM   #5
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All right, so Iwent back to the RAW and reworked the whole thing. Got two Bad Contrast rejections... and then this. I never changed the cropping in four or five total unrelated rejects. I'm about to go all Valentine on Facebook and junk.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...13&key=6691441
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:56 AM   #6
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Back to Bad Contrast

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Old 10-19-2012, 02:15 AM   #7
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The colors are looking washed out to me, which I suspect is at least in part a symptom of the conditions for which they could give you the next rejection - high sun. You might bump up the saturation, or even the blacks slider a little bit, to try to give the colors a little more oomph.

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I clicked on each link, and from start to finish it looks like you made little to no change. The latest reject is unlevel, washed out and poorly lit.
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It looks really unlevel, even for my standards, train looks like its starting up Saluda. Also you should have killed those poles before submitting but too late now I guess.
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I don't have the aversion to poles that some folks do. Besides, I shoot that location too much for there to suddenly be no poles anymore.

Still working on the shot. I might have my heritage colored sunglasses on.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:49 AM   #11
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Just shaking my head now

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...64&key=1482110

This is one frame later than the other rejects to get a little more of a side angle of the 8101 and hopefully more of the blue sky.

.5% CW rotation
shadow/highlights
added contrast
added saturation
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Ballast looks bad/weird.

Also, the roofline of the structure runs right onto the line of the nose, bad placement.
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All right, so Iwent back to the RAW and reworked the whole thing. Got two Bad Contrast rejections... and then this. I never changed the cropping in four or five total unrelated rejects. I'm about to go all Valentine on Facebook and junk.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...13&key=6691441
Still unlevel.

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I don't have the aversion to poles that some folks do. Besides, I shoot that location too much for there to suddenly be no poles anymore.

Still working on the shot. I might have my heritage colored sunglasses on.
Ignore the pole, look at the buildings and the train. All unlevel.

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Just shaking my head now

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...64&key=1482110

This is one frame later than the other rejects to get a little more of a side angle of the 8101 and hopefully more of the blue sky.

.5% CW rotation
Still unlevel. It need CCW rotation, not CW.

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Just calibrate your freakin' monitor already.
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I really donít understand what you want with this picture. Is this something special movement or train? Sometimes we all blindly insist to something that we should leave.
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I really donít understand what you want with this picture. Is this something special movement or train? Sometimes we all blindly insist to something that we should leave.
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They all look bad to me (yes, bad contrast). It's not that great of a shot to begin with, so I wouldn't worry about it. Go on to something else.
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Well, I'll pile on....the train is smack dab in the middle horizontally, and it needs some breathing room in front....from my perspective anyways.
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So..... is it me? I'm shooting the same way, using the same gear, processing on the same computer with the same software, but all of a sudden, I can't get a shot on at all. (Well, OK, one.)

I first went back to the 8101 shot and reprocessed it after a week of staying away from it. I rotated it CCW 1.2%, worked on contrast, brightness and saturation and got this --

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...83&key=9127046

This one got overexposed.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...94&key=4628936

No big deal. I brought the exposure down and then added a little saturation and got this.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...21&key=2559558

Am I going through a slump or did I forget how to bat?
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I'm just glad they are off "G" and onto "H"!

Starting with Hoboken and wrapping up with the Zephyr - I had so many rejects I had to turn my monitor to the vertical position to see them all.

Add a wedgie roster shot - that should enable the screener to move onto "I".

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No big deal. I brought the exposure down and then added a little saturation and got this.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...21&key=2559558

Am I going through a slump or did I forget how to bat?
Usually I can see the reason of rejection, sometimes not agree with it. Now in the last case I do not see any noise (ok, the engines are dirty), the contrast could perhaps be a bit lower.
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The color cast appears a bit blue here, along with the contrast needing a boost. I can also see either noise or pixelation in the top of the sky.

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If there IS noise evident in that shot (don't see it on my monitor), it does NOTHING to detract from the scene. I'd be scratching my head as well, Joe.
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I've adopted a "one and done" policy. I submit a picture I like, then if it is rejected for cropping, balance, etc, I'm done submitting it. If it is rejected for sharpness, contrast or some other technical criteria, I'll make one attempt at fixing it, then I'm done submitting it.

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I'm not sure it's noise on the latest reject so much as oversharpening - it looks like some things, including the numbers on the cab, are developing the jaggies. The color is definitely off, though, as the Hardees, Ace and McDonalds signs all look a bit too orange to me.

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