Old 01-04-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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I've been waiting for something other than a faded MAC to show up and I finally got it.

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I didn't really want to chop off the crossing gates, 'cause i thought that looked weird, but maybe I should?

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Well, there is what you want, and there is what RP wants you to want.

I like the W-I-D-E shot, but RP in general doesn't. If you want it on RP, the crossing gate has to go, which makes it a plain wedgie One with very nice hues!

For personal collection, crop off lots of sky, too much blue. Which of course makes it even wider compared to tall and thus even less acceptable to RP. But even so, even for personal collection, next time I would include more ground and less sky, the shot is bottom heavy.
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If you want it on RP, the crossing gate has to go, which makes it a plain wedgie
The crossing gates are much more interesting then the consist, especially in light of the fact that it is cut off unnaturally to boot.

You may be able to get it on RP (and make a more appealing image) by cropping off the left part of the screen as the consist and scenery are far from worthy of inclusion. Then you'd be focusing on the most interesting part of the image.

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However, there is a lot of dead space between the front of the locomotive and the end of the crossing gate, which if cropped like Mitch suggested, would be centered right in the middle of the shot, pretty much killing any chance the photo has of being accepted. Do you have a frame or two later with the locomotive closer to the crossing gate, minimizing the dead space?

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However, there is a lot of dead space between the front of the locomotive and the end of the crossing gate... Do you have a frame or two later with the locomotive closer to the crossing gate, minimizing the dead space?
That was my first thoughts too, that the train should be closer to the crossing than it is now. It's like you're trying to make a couple dance together when they don't even like each other.
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It's underexposed too
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It's underexposed too
Was going to post that. Too much Joe Blue and the snow doesn't look white.
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...Do you have a frame or two later with the locomotive closer to the crossing gate, minimizing the dead space?

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No, I was planning on catching the lead locomotive right before the crossing gate but I pressed the shutter slightly too soon. The train was moving at 50+ MPH, so I had no time for a second shot.

I think I will re-shoot this and try to fix the things mentioned above.

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No, I was planning on catching the lead locomotive right before the crossing gate but I pressed the shutter slightly too soon. The train was moving at 50+ MPH, so I had no time for a second shot.
That's what burst mode is for. I'm not embarrassed to shoot at 8 fps because it helps me catch the rods down on a steam locomotive, the engine's nose in just the right spot, or the train just before it got covered by a pesky pole shadow.

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That's what burst mode is for. I'm not embarrassed to shoot at 8 fps because it helps me catch the rods down on a steam locomotive, the engine's nose in just the right spot, or the train just before it got covered by a pesky pole shadow.

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My Canon XS has 1.5 FPS when shooting RAW, so my next frame the locomotive wold have been in the crossing gate.
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Went with a different angle and am having trouble getting the color right: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1057856637
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