Old 11-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Just wanted to see what you guys think?

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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The nose is in the dark. There are already many shots of that engine in the DB so, for a roster shot like this, the nose will have to be nicely lit.

IMO, not the best location for a photo. You could perhaps get closer to the fence and use a wider lens to a) avoid cutting the tail of the train and b) get those poles out of the shot.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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This is one of the quirks of RP that I don't understand at all. Your shot is only marginally backlit, it's well lit on the side with all the details visible and the striping on the dark nose is sufficient for that not to be a problem - all IMHO of course!! Having said that, I don't think an appeal will be successful.

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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Id have moved a little closer to try and get some of the wires and poles out of the shot. I'd have been happy enough with it though compared to the awful cloudy shots I got yesterday, ugh.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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Ok thanks for the input. I'm happy with what I got!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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Back-lighting seems to work best when you go to the extreme. In your image, I do not see the benefit and it instead looks like you caught the train just a bit later then would've hoped. Consequently, the nose drifts off into darkness and starts to partially blend into the foreground.

Much later or a little earlier would've worked better - however, you might be able to save it, at least for RP, if not yourself as well, by bring in some detail back to the pilot. Most editing software has some form of "shadows and highlight" recovery and that would prevent the nose from blending into the foreground.

For future reference - most people (not all), would find it more appealing had you composed the shot without cutting off the train which looks like it may have been possible.

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:30 AM   #7
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Thank you!
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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This is one of the quirks of RP that I don't understand at all. Your shot is only marginally backlit, it's well lit on the side with all the details visible and the striping on the dark nose is sufficient for that not to be a problem - all IMHO of course!! Having said that, I don't think an appeal will be successful.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #9
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Alex,

Regardless of the nose-light, the wires ruin the shot for me. Sometimes we don't have the option to exclude them from the scene (i.e. a quick grab shot), but if you can, try and take those into account when composing your shot.
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Regardless of the nose-light, the wires ruin the shot for me. Sometimes we don't have the option to exclude them from the scene (i.e. a quick grab shot), but if you can, try and take those into account when composing your shot.
Agreed. In a scene like that, I think uniform wires can work and look a lot better:

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