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Waiting in the yard
Waiting in the yard

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Date: May 26, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 0.4
Galleries: Travel, Transportation
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2006

This is my first submission to DPChallenge. I was after the feeling of a locomotive idling under a street light in a rail yard.
- Auto macro mode
- Cropped and rotated
- Selective desaturation
- Resized and sharpened edges

Place: 45 out of 238
Avg (all users): 6.1853
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.2597
Avg (non-participants): 6.1538
Views since voting: 840
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 259
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/09/2006 02:09:10 PM
*Critique Club*

What a cute idea. I think this works well for the challenge. The lighting really does make the shot in my opinion.
I think that the moving train in the background works well to give the stationary train some added interest, without being distracting.
Focus and clarity on the train is good. There seems to be a little oversharpening in the metal below the train (not the tracks, but above the tracks, not sure what that's called). The little white reflections look a little odd there, which I assume is from sharpening. Couldn't be positive though.
I almost wish that the train the in the background were a different color so that it didn't run into the forgroud train, but it still is not distracting.
I like the color, nice and vivid and not overdone.
I think that the processing works well.
If I HAD to make a suggestion, I might liked to have seen a little more lighting on the side of the front train. It seems like there's just too much in shadow there. Then again, it might not have the same effect. Something I guess I'd just have to see to determine.
Overall a nice shot and good for the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2006 02:53:26 PM
Hmmm I like these kinds of motion shots. The light on this one is good. However, I would have loved to see the "motionblur" to be "behind" the train not in front. It looks unnatural for the blur to precede the travel of the train. Also the title detracts from the title..."Waiting in the Yard" makes me want to see "no motion" because of the word "waiting".

Hmmm now that I'm looking at it, I'm beginning to see that the subject train may be "stationary" while another train is passing in the back..?!?!?

Whichever it is...I'm not reducing my score because of technicalities on the motion blur or title...6 from me but I may come back later to take another look.
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06/02/2006 10:50:06 AM
The addition of the motion blur in the background works for me. Nice job.
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05/31/2006 07:39:45 PM
this came up really well.
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05/31/2006 07:14:41 PM
Wonderful idea and well photographed too.
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05/31/2006 04:40:54 PM
Alright! Another model train enthusiast. Is that a Northern zooming by in the background? Nice shot. Great idea.
05/31/2006 03:55:57 PM
Curtain flash? I like the letters hanging there
05/31/2006 03:15:23 PM
I really like this, especially the motion.
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05/31/2006 01:26:12 PM
Beautiful shot. I really enjoy the motion blur from the other train passing this one on the track in the background.
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05/31/2006 04:12:57 AM
Good focus / DOF . I like the one train passing by as the other sits and waits.
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