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Goodbye Train Whistle Blues
Goodbye Train Whistle Blues

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Challenge: Vanishing Point II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Date: May 14, 2007
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

My granddaughter Kaylee. This is an old train at a park.

Place: 57 out of 195
Avg (all users): 5.8955
Avg (commenters): 5.4286
Avg (participants): 5.7324
Avg (non-participants): 5.9732
Views since voting: 831
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 220
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/25/2007 02:14:14 PM
Framing, perspective and interest are the strength of this composition. What does this image mean is the question every viewer will ask. What is the little girl thinking?

General technicals are OK. It has no serious defects. That is always a good thing. The perspective using the tracks, though cliche, is very good.

Don't know if you did anything special in post processing to make the tracks look more interesting, but they do. Color, light... something.

Sharpness is not overdone. Outside the tracks the color is just OK; color and detail needs better definition in those areas. Sky neither hurts nor helps the composition.

The Challenge:
Ya know, it meets the challenge well but some voters will probably still fault you for lack of creativity anyway. Not a lot but some.

Your near 5.9 score is very good by DPC standards and was .4 above the average given in this particular challenge. DPCers like this picture!

I gave your image a "7". That means I think it was average. I faulted it mostly for technical and artistic reasons. The artistic reason was center framing your model. The most important position in THIS image is the foreground. You gave that to the tracks, not to your model. I felt your model should have occupied that space and the tracks subsidiary to that. I think it would have supported the challenge topic better as well.

I know, you are gonna wonder about me for this, but it hit me that this image lacks detail and appealing color in the vegetation on either side of the tracks. Outside your model, I was immediately drawn to that. Its lack of color and detail is a viewer disappointment.

Frame your model lower and in the foreground for greater impact. She will also occupy more space which will be good to. Use post processing to bring out better greens and more detail in the vegetation on either side of the tracks.
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05/23/2007 10:49:24 AM
Great shot!
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05/23/2007 10:33:37 AM
Oh, I love this! It really takes an ordinary train track and makes it extraordinary!

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05/23/2007 10:14:56 AM
Terry - I can barely see the train on my screen. I think if your granddaughter had hand raised in farewell, it might have drawn the eye down the track? Tough to pop the train in basic editing otherwise...
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05/23/2007 09:28:14 AM
I wouldn't say "too" dark.

I had a REALLY hard time seeing the train though - more due to size than tones.

I'm viewing on a recently calibrated 17" CRT monitor at 1280x1024
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05/23/2007 09:07:55 AM
This appears dark on my monitor at work. I'll check on my calibrated monitor tonight at home.

I do like the photograph but it took awhile for me to see the train at the end of the tracks.
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05/23/2007 02:18:46 AM
I absolutely love your processing. It's haunting. You were so smart to add a people to the cold steel tracks. This is a much better picture than your score (decent as it is) would indicate.
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05/23/2007 01:16:27 AM
So cute, and she'll be hopping trains before you know it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 04:15:57 PM
Very nice shot. The contrast is a little soft but I think that adds to it. 7
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05/20/2007 09:11:46 PM
nice. I'm guessing it was safe. My wife and I are expecting a girl. This scares me a bit. No penalty.7
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05/20/2007 04:24:19 PM
The child looking into the distance is a good, it seems to bring together the preconception of time and distance, although the picture seems to me to be a bit underexposed.
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05/19/2007 05:23:33 PM
bit out of focus.... and... are you mad??

aaaaa... oki.. maybe you`re not that crazy once you told me what the setup is..
hehe.. ;)
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05/19/2007 01:57:24 PM
Nice idea but seems a little dark.
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05/19/2007 10:12:12 AM
Really like the composition and softness here.
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05/18/2007 09:32:17 AM
i think it could do with a bit more brightness. i like the creative idea.
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05/18/2007 07:32:41 AM
Baby chillin' at the railroad...
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05/17/2007 08:55:55 AM
what are you doing! get that child off the tracks!!!! what is the number for dyfis?
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