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2nd PlaceThe Great Western Railroad
MAK


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Challenge: Trains & Railroads II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: UK
Date: Apr 12, 2009
Date Uploaded: Apr 12, 2009

What a great day I had today, went up north with Mark & my wife. We went just for the steam trains, 3 hours drive one way but I think it was worth it, this looks killer in print.

est score 6.4
dream score - a 7 will be bless.


post challenge:

A lot of you wanted to know about the strange crop.. well unfortunately some inconsiderate companies built a huge shopping mall just to the right of my shot and I thought that the golden arched 'M' of MacDonalds would spoil the 'old time' look of the shot. I had other options but I liked this one too much so I lived with the crop, I am very pleased to see it ribbon, Thank you very much.


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 168
Avg (all users): 6.8421
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 6.7606
Avg (non-participants): 6.8790
Views since voting: 5398
Views during voting: 438
Votes: 228
Comments: 32
Favorites: 2 (view)


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04/27/2009 04:29:07 PM
Congratulations on getting a ribbon for this lovely shot. Just the colors/colours of the engine and carriages take me back to the train rides of my youth growing up in the West of England. If you had been able to include primroses in flower along the rail embankment, now that would have made the memory complete!

Message edited by author 2009-04-27 21:11:40.
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04/24/2009 10:35:17 PM
Congratulations on this well deserved ribbon. Beautiful shot.
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04/23/2009 01:17:13 PM
The crop doesn't look strange to me at all. I have always been a fan of square crops. The pictures look so much bigger and larger than life when they are square. This is amazing. I'm so glad you had a great day, and a ribbon to put the icing on the cake -- or I should say the memory :) Congratulations MAK! You continue to be AWESOME! :)
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04/23/2009 05:36:45 AM
Fantastic Job!!! Great photograph! To me, it seems to be a photograph that you can just gaze upon for sometime and still find more reasons why this photograph is so great. =)
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04/22/2009 08:16:30 PM
I'm so glad there's a reason for the odd crop, Marac. It's lovely... still I wish for more. CONGRATS on your ribbon. It's a lovely shot.
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04/22/2009 04:46:10 PM
I love this shot, editing is amazing.
Well done Marac, and congrats on the red!
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04/22/2009 03:59:49 PM
Nice shot. Very good PP for the "Basic Editing". It looks like a HDR image.
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04/22/2009 11:21:47 AM
Why do you call it 'railroad' instead of 'railway'? Indeed, if it were really GWR, wouldn't it have a 7' wheelspan? Come to think of it, maybe the chassis is sort of overhanging the wheels by 1'2" either side...

Can somebody hold this anorak for a minute?

Lovely picture, congrats on the ribbon.
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04/22/2009 10:08:11 AM
Magnificent shot
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04/22/2009 10:01:53 AM
Congrats Marac. I like the detail in the train.
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04/22/2009 08:08:33 AM
Congrats on the red, MAK!!
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04/22/2009 06:58:41 AM
Wonderful! Really captures the tones of an old hand-colored postcard.
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04/22/2009 06:47:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon see told you it was going to :)

such a great image wonderful

Message edited by author 2009-04-22 06:48:21.
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04/22/2009 06:46:02 AM
Congrats on the red!
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04/22/2009 06:27:27 AM
Lovely, dynamic shot. Congrats on the ribbon, Marac.
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04/22/2009 06:03:47 AM
Wow, I'm surprised that #2 and #3 winners in this contest both have really obvious halos in the images. I would have thought that is one of the biggest no nos in crafting a photo. It certainly is on a professional level. This contest really helped give me a better understanding of the cross section of people on this site.
But congrats on the ribbon, it's still a great photograph in many other ways.
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04/22/2009 05:38:47 AM
Congrats Marac - A well earned ribbon on this one.
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04/22/2009 04:58:48 AM
Originally posted by Sangiro:

Lovely shot and deserving 2nd place winner. As mentioned by others already the only niggle is the crop in front.
I would love to know your processing here. Do you mind explaining it here? If not could you PM me the details of how to achieve this look under basic editing? I would appreciate it very much.


Fill light, highlights & shadows and curves with noise ninja will all work to get this result.
Thanks
04/22/2009 04:52:17 AM
Lovely shot and deserving 2nd place winner. As mentioned by others already the only niggle is the crop in front.
I would love to know your processing here. Do you mind explaining it here? If not could you PM me the details of how to achieve this look under basic editing? I would appreciate it very much.
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04/22/2009 04:08:17 AM
Amazing - only 8 comments during voting but grabs a ribbon. Nice processing - considering this is basic rules. well done.
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04/22/2009 04:02:10 AM
Well, well, well fancy seeing you on the front page again :)

Congratz on the Red mate great shot!
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04/22/2009 03:39:59 AM
I'm pretty sure we rode on this in 1970 (we rode on lots of old steamtrains in England and Wales in 1970...).
Congratulations on making the front page again, Marac.
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04/22/2009 01:47:23 AM
Excellent! Way to go Marac!
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04/22/2009 01:07:39 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2009 01:29:39 PM
I like it. My major nitpick,however, is how close to the right edge of the frame the engine is cropped. Cut off a little in fact. I suspect there may be something distracting off to that side.
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04/19/2009 07:59:15 PM
An effective and well thought out image - lighting is well controlled, color and saturation are very effective and the overall impression is positive. However, it's not particularly unique and the unfortunate cut off of the engine on the right side of the image is a irritant and flaws an otherwise excellant entry.
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04/19/2009 04:56:05 PM
lovely colours and steam but its a shame you cropped the right hand side off.
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04/18/2009 03:01:12 PM
wow, i really like the DOF, it's an amzing train, 8
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04/18/2009 06:52:49 AM
Good old-timey feel to it. And the shot of red on the front is a real leader. Well done.
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04/17/2009 05:20:16 AM
Good use of perspective - trains are perfect for that sort of thing - and you found a great train, too! I like the hint of a person in the window, and that black smoke against the sky. Very well composed.
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04/15/2009 04:09:41 PM
Nicely done! I'm undecided about the trees to crop or not to crop. JMO! overall it's a nice shot.
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04/15/2009 11:19:09 AM
Great train, great composition, very classic.
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