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Challenge: Trains & Railroads (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Near La Junta, CO
Date: Oct 18, 2006
Aperture: F/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Transportation
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2006

This was my favorite of the lot. Nothing great, but I thought I would upload it anyways.

Cloned dust.
Curves on both sky and land.
Color Balance

Place: 40 out of 196
Avg (all users): 6.0734
Avg (commenters): 6.7857
Avg (participants): 5.9126
Avg (non-participants): 6.2174
Views since voting: 1015
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 218
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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11/05/2006 11:50:26 PM
Hi Ryan,
Greetings from the Critic's Club.

Initial Imression: I was struck by the reflection of clouds in the rails. The lighting is fantastic, and the composition is clever. I admit that for a brief moment the asymmetrical placement of the rails felt a little off to me, but I do believe that the photo is much stronger for it.

Composition & Lighting. The photo creates a strong sense of big, open space. The rails point to a strong point in the photo. I found myself wishing that the trees were gone. The curious thing about them is that they seem to interrupt the wide openness of the photo which is its strong point. I realize you had little choice in their placement...

Technique and Processing. The photo is crisp and clear throughout. A short focal length accentuated the sense of space and enabled all of the shot to be clear, a good choice. I am inclined to believe that black and white or sepia might have been a better choice than color, because the color of the trees would no longer attract the eye as strongly. Advanced editing might have allowed some dodging and burning of the clouds to accentuate their existing strengths. And I would love to see more contrast, texture, and sharpness in the gravel near the bottom of the photo.

Overall: This is a very solid shot. and it was given a good treatment. Some further editing might draw a little more from the image.

I hope you find my opinions helpful. I look forward to seeing more of your work here.
Good Luck,


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10/31/2006 01:42:32 PM
I gave this shot a 10, it should have place in the top 10 at least, very under-rated.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2006 09:01:53 PM
Nice perspective!
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10/29/2006 09:09:59 AM
You've captuired the clouds well, here.
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10/27/2006 05:48:27 PM
Interesting compositionally - in that whilst you've placed the vanishing point at a theoretically strong point in frame, it still feels uncomfortable to my eye. I think that is perhaps simply because of the right to left movement of the right-hand rail - it creates a contrary dynamic to that of the rest of the movement in the frame, but without any real resolution.
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10/27/2006 10:06:12 AM
Wonder if a different crop woulf make it more interesting?
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10/27/2006 05:34:18 AM
Love it :o)
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10/26/2006 11:32:41 PM
I think this would have worked just fine without the border.
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10/26/2006 10:38:13 PM
This works really well. You have the tracks that are really well done, an colorful background and a fantastic sky. So you got a little sumthin.
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10/26/2006 10:24:01 PM
I like what you tried here and I think it would have been better if it was wider. I want to see more. great image.
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10/26/2006 09:37:37 AM
Got Confidence? Got Sky! Got Tracks! Got Photo! Got Composition! Got My Interest! Got Hyperfocal Distance! Got Homage to Ansel Adams (in B/W!) Got Camera! Got Skills! You Go!
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10/23/2006 08:19:24 PM
Is this in Aus?
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10/23/2006 10:38:35 AM
Great sky and the composition. I like the rails going into the distance.
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10/23/2006 03:31:32 AM
Great perspective and wide open spaces....7
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10/23/2006 02:01:14 AM
Nice light, good thought... I would have rated it higher if it had been either more or less centered.
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10/23/2006 12:12:24 AM
like the clouds in there
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