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Heavy Rail vs. Light Rail
Heavy Rail vs. Light Rail

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Trains & Railroads II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Tempe Lake, Tempe AZ
Date: Apr 13, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2009

Last minute submission as I run out the door for work.
Will follow-up with editing details.
Wish I had more time to play with the processing, but I'm just out of time.
Resizing really killed the image (for me) -- I don't know if this will do nearly as well as I first hoped.

Place: 15 out of 168
Avg (all users): 6.2190
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 6.1324
Avg (non-participants): 6.2606
Views since voting: 1781
Views during voting: 379
Votes: 210
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/07/2009 04:22:29 AM
Print available (as will be another, wider-crop version of this same scene).
04/24/2009 08:40:05 PM
I think you did splendid!! ignore the 1-3's they are bone heads!! Excellent choice!!!
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04/22/2009 10:16:00 AM
Managed real well, didn't ya? Congrats!
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04/22/2009 01:01:04 AM
I like this one, and I've seen plenty of shots at this scene lately!
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04/22/2009 12:29:24 AM
Here are my comments / editing details that I would have entered if I had time during submission...

Note to DPC/SC: My camera's date/time is set to UTC; I had this approved by the SC when I first joined dpchallenge.

Finding this place was a bit of luck and on a whim of an excursion to find something to shoot for this challenge. I was looking for something to shoot on the actual railroad, from ground-level of the rails themselves, disappearing into the distance. (Although I think there might be plenty of those entered already...) When I realized the only time I could shoot for this was late Monday night, I thought I'd try to get some interesting city lights or such on the horizon, etc. On my way to a reasonable-easy access-point to the railway, I walked right past this and thought "WOW -- I bet THAT would make for some interesting photographs!" Sho'nuf, it did.

I was mortified to find that my brand new D90 doesn't accept my cable remote I had used on my D80 for years. Of course, I had left my D80 at home and just brought the D90. I tried to stop down and take longer exposures in bulb, but even with the tripod, I kept slightly moving the camera during the exposure and just couldn't keep sharp. So, I resorted to leaving it on 30' and opening the lens up to f/8 and bumping the iso up a bit. I still can't believe I can't use my cable remote. Grr -- gotta find a new one now.

Anyway, after a few setup shots, I knew I was on to something. From my point of view, the left bridge was almost pitch black. I'm amazed and pleased how well it turned out, illuminated solely from the reflected light from the light ropes on the bridge on the right.

"Just submit it."

Shot on tripod; Nikon 17-55/2.8 lens at 31mm, iso 200, 30s and f/8.0.

Took lots of shots at 17mm, which I really loved, but they had a number of distracting elements at the bottom left and right of the frame, and I decided to go with this closer shot.

Didn't have time to play with processing much at all.

Without further adue, here's how to over-process and suck the life out of a really lovely shot:

RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
Crop (custom)
WB Temp -> 2900 (as shot)
WB Tint -> -2 (as shot)
Exposure -> +0.70
Recovery -> 45
Fill Light -> 35
Blacks -> 6
Clarity -> +30
Vibrance -> +35
Saturation -> +30
Tone Curve:
Point Curve: Strong Contrast
Green Hue -> +13
Blue Hue -> +100
Purple Hue -> +21
Orange Sat -> -22
Purple Sat -> +28
Magenta Sat -> +9
Amount -> 0 (to be done in Noise Ninja)
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 0 (to be done in Noise Ninja)
Camera Calibration:
Camera Neutral

Round-tripped to Noise Ninja...
Profiled image
Strength 15
Smoothness 20
Contrast 7
Amount 150%
Radius 0.7
Suppress halos

Back in LR, now with TIFF from Noise Ninja...
WB Temp -> -31 (should have done this first, but didn't notice how much it improved the colors)
WB Tint -> +13 (should have done this first, but didn't notice how much it improved the colors)
Fill Light -> 10
Orange Hue -> +32
JPEG, 80 quality, sRGB, constrained 640x640, minimize metadata
04/22/2009 12:10:44 AM
Huh. 1s, 2s and 3s? Guess I chose the wrong shot to submit.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2009 08:59:47 AM
I just saw another image of this same spot, and I think both images are sufficiently unique to stand on their own. I like your closer crop but this version seems a little dark.
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04/19/2009 08:14:21 PM
Similar to an earlier entry (one might suspect that this is the same image only taken at night), this is a very effective image. The highlights are just on the edge of being overdone, the lighting is subtle and effective and the color reflections are simple and elegant. The compare and contrast between the modern and post-modern is extremely effective and the way this is presented, much more visualy appealing than the earlier image. A top ten contender and a possible ribbon winner.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2009 07:28:39 AM
Nicely done!
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04/18/2009 06:55:46 AM
Interesting, colorful contrast.
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04/17/2009 08:43:27 PM
Fantastic contrast!
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04/15/2009 07:11:22 PM
My submission for the March Free Study (shot very early March) was from this spot; what are the odds of two in this challenge? LOL. Hard not to like this location and the perspective it offers. Nicely done.
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04/15/2009 08:43:05 AM
very cool
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04/15/2009 08:01:34 AM
Nice colours and lighting.
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04/15/2009 02:41:50 AM
I like the lighting, perspective and color contrast.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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