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Challenge: Vanishing Point II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Modesto train tracks
Date: May 10, 2007
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

Knelt down right in the middle of the tracks.

Hue/saturation, and resize.

Place: 141 out of 195
Avg (all users): 5.1168
Avg (commenters): 3.0000
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Avg (non-participants): 5.2027
Views since voting: 920
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 214
Comments: 3
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06/19/2007 05:12:22 PM
Well, you just commented on my photo, so I thought I would return the favor. I think this is a pretty cool shot and it has potential, but there are some things that I think I would change too. I am new to this whole digital photography thing though, so take these comments for what they are worth. Great idea with the train track, it has a lot of potential. I wish it was taken at a different time of day. Sunset or sunrise would be a little better, especially if you could get a nice reflection on the tracks. It would also make the sky look a little less washed out. I also do not like the building on the right hand side. It does not add anything to the picture. Some clouds or trees in the sky would create a little interest, etc... Just some friendly advice. Look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the future.
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05/23/2007 01:31:28 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Brandon,

Welcome to DPC. Congratulations on your first challenge submission.

Railway tracks were a fairly common choice of subject matter for this challenge - this makes it all the more difficult for you to make your submission stand-out from the crowd. It does however mean that one of the best ways you can learn from this challenge is to look at all the other rail shots, especially those that did well, and really consider what they did differently and what impact it had on the final product. What POV (point-of-view) did they use? What time of the day did they shoot? Where are the shadows? What post-processing did they do? I notice that the first four rail shots all chose a B&W duo-tone conversion to make the shots look out of a different era. They also used a change in the tonality to emphasise the vanishing point - often with the vanishing point itself a bit blown out.

On the positive side, your shot is technically sound, and represents a good starting point: it is in focus and well framed. I think you might want to start developing your post-processing skills so that with similar shots in future you will be better equiped to bring all that is good out of the exposure.

It is my hope that these insights are helpful and constructive. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so. Good luck with future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2007 08:27:15 AM
The very bright light means you've lost any detail in the sky which is a shame.
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