Old 07-11-2015, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default PAQ, oh no, it's something different!

God forbid, anytime I shoot anything that doesn't directly have a train in it, it's rejected. Oh no, I stepped out of the box! Well figured y'all might like to see it before it disappears, it failed the appeal too...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...76&key=5671441

Funny thing is, a lot of people seem to really like shots like this, oh well...
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:38 AM   #2
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I would assume its because this guy does not seem to be throwing the switch correctly.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:43 AM   #3
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Hey! That switch doesn't have red and green flags on it! They're all the same color.


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Old 07-12-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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I hated those switches and I was a kid then. Everyone I knew finished them off with their foot but normally not like that, just the last push if they were stuck.

You need a 611 lurking somewhere in the background, a couple little kids, some flowers and 57 Chevy or two.

Other than that, the subject is perfectly centered??? and photo is similar to what I often do, very document style. A little different perspective could help.

Getting back to proper safety, maybe better unpublished???

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Old 07-12-2015, 03:31 PM   #5
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The way he is throwing that switch is a rule violation. He can only use his foot for the last 6 +/- inches depending on the rule book. That alone could be the nail in your coffin.

There is a few other issues as well. I don't believe the rejection was out of line. Keep working at it keeping the rule in mind. Eventually you may squeak one in. You can't beat a properly composed image featuring the human element
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:10 PM   #6
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It could just be that the image was deemed unappealing by one screener.

I wonder how many if any of the screeners are familiar enough with the rules that such a violation would even have been a consideration.

Back to the rejection- it seems dark and flat, and the subject is centered in the scene.

If you like it - and don't mind the now identified rules violation, I'd brighten the shot via "Shadow fill /Shadows and Highlights" filter and give it a go. Might even consider a horizontal crop to eliminate the "extra" on the bottom.

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The screeners should be smart enough to know that that isn't right. Lol
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You know, I didn't even think of the rules violation (funny because I do this for a living). I know I can't use my foot on cannonballs on CP property, but I am not familiar with MNNR's interpretation of the rules and their take on the subject. I've moved on, just thought some would like to see it. It was a grab shot, but I liked the way it came out.
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It was a grab shot,
Doesn't help ... especially for a non-train shot. But well timed!

One thing that really puts me off is the face, which I can't see. What is he wearing, some sort of goggles? Well, zoomed in, I guess they are glasses, but it is hard to see. And what is that black blob near his mouth - looks like some sort of microphone boom coming down from the side of his head. I can't figure it out.
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... And what is that black blob near his mouth - looks like some sort of microphone boom coming down from the side of his head. I can't figure it out.
That would be the "Michael Jackson Microphone" mentioned in the remarks section there J... And yes, it does throw the appearance of his face and glasses off. Maybe if it were light enough to make out what it is it might help - or not.
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You know, I didn't even think of the rules violation (funny because I do this for a living).
Then you should know that that is not a good way to throw a switch. By the time his foot hits the ground, he's going to be doing the splits.

But what do I know, I'm just a foamer, right?
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That would be the "Michael Jackson Microphone" mentioned in the remarks section there J... And yes, it does throw the appearance of his face and glasses off. Maybe if it were light enough to make out what it is it might help - or not.
Feel free to tell me a bit more than what appears in the remarks section ... why is he wearing one, is it connected to his RR radio, is this specific to one RR, is this specific to one individual, etc ...
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Well J, with no way of knowing personally - and barring any further info from Mr. Witthaus - I'll have to wager that much like most anyone else who has one of those dumbass looking things sticking out the side of his head, he probably thinks it makes him look cool!
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W, I was thinking you were going to tell me some operational reason he has it - maybe you knew of him and his situation. But you are as clueless as I am!

Some sort of crazy bluetooth gizmo?
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The microphone is for his RR radio, from what I gather from other MNNR employees I've talked with, "Horsey," as he's known, is a bit of a character. He has his Michael Jackson microphone, and always wears a cowboy hat (although that has nothing to do with his nickname ironically).
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