Old 01-19-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Yesterday, I was looking through my work from this fall. I considered this shot. I had sat on this shot back when I took it in October, as it doesn't really have a train in it. I'll admit it; it would be much better with one in it some how.

That said, I have three questions. (1) How do you like it as is? (2) Do the streetlights bother you at all? (3) How do you suggest I include a train (it's a 10", f/16, 300mm shot)?

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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(3) How do you suggest I include a train (it's a 10", f/16, 300mm shot)?
That's an easy one:

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The one in the original post is nice, but the shot with the train has so much more interest in my opinion. Of course that is personal opinion, and I'm not a great judge to begin with.
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1) composition is fine. I'm not a fan of empty track shots, despite liking abstractions usually. It's just rails to me.

1b) not at all a fan of the freaky alienglow rails. Cool processing trick, but that sort of thing is by taste and it doesn't match mine at all.

2) No, given the freaky rails are so strong. Might otherwise.

3) Jake answered already.
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I dont see it there at that location, and why are you doing F16 on such a long exposure? You will end up with a better looking shot if you shoot at F8 for less time.

Oh, and usually I find streetlights distracting, but in that shot it's not horrible.
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...[N]ot at all a fan of the freaky alienglow rails. Cool processing trick, but that sort of thing is by taste and it doesn't match mine at all.

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3) Jake answered already.
Uh, that's not a processing trick. They showed up like that in the original and real life. That what a nice orange sky will do for that.

Troy, I went 10" f/16 and not 5" f/8 for as large a DoF as possible. I have identical frames with both and the f/16 version is definitely better, IMO.

And my particular question was involving getting a train with the "freaky alien glow" before sunrise, not after. Jake, that shot was taken a full 38:19 later.
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So your question is how to feature a train while maintaining the freaky alien glow? (I refuse to put freaky alien glow in quotation marks, that is an honest to goodness unbiased accurate neutral nonjudgmental phrase!)

I think it may be very hard for us to visualize, and easy for you to actually do. Take a series of shots as the train passes through the scene and pick the one that looks best to you. You might end up with a bunch of shots, depending on shutter frequency and train speed, but might be worth doing. Shoot a little wide so you can adjust the crop.
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It works better without a train, because it shows the length of the rails glowing.
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