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The Morning Run
The Morning Run

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Challenge: Trains & Railroads (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6 AF - Silver
Location: Durango, Colorado
Date: Oct 22, 2006
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2006

Engine 481 Crosses the Animas River

I wish this challenge had taken place in the spring. Had to go all the way to ISO 800 to handle the heavy shade at this spot this time of year. When I saw this challenge I knew I had to redo this shot. I have a feeling I\\\'ll get knocked for the blown out parts in the background.

Editing Steps:
Converted to Tiff in Pentax Photo Lab- Custom Color Balance
In PS2
Color Balance +21 0 -5
Levels 10 .74 238
Filter>Distort>Lens Correct> -359
Shadow/Highlight 1% 76%
Desat- Not the best way, but couldn\'t get channel mixer to come out any better
Levels 10 1.08 199
Dodge Bridge sections
Burn Smoke and Foreground

Place: 36 out of 196
Avg (all users): 6.0888
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 5.8529
Avg (non-participants): 6.3036
Views since voting: 1665
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 214
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/14/2009 11:13:08 AM
I like this shot alot. It does have an "old time" feeling to it.
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02/17/2008 04:36:20 AM
I love how you got right in front of the train. The straight on angle works perfectly for that "coming down the tracks" feeling. This looks like it could have been taken 50 years ago.
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07/06/2007 05:13:44 PM
go K100D squad!,love this image,well done!
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11/02/2006 03:10:35 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club: I have been assigned your photo to critique and here are my thoughts:

Personal Reaction: This is a very good image, for which you got a good (but not great) score. I liked it. And while I didn’t vote this challenge, I would have given it a seven.

Composition: Most would counsel you to avoid a centered composition. In this case it worked very well! So ignore that advice if your receive it.

Technicals: The technicals are all fine: focus; DoF; color; levels and so on. But the image feels flat to me. This sometimes happens when you use Shadow/Highlight. I would try to use curves first, then Shadow/Highlight as a last resort. And for sure, use a better B&W conversion than “Desat.” You said you had tried channel mixer, which gives me my best results. Next time, I suggest you try harder.

Conclusions: Great image. Very nice mood. The only thing standing between your 6.09 and a 7 was the lack of depth and texture in the image.

As always, this is my personal opinion. Feel free to PM me if you’d like further dialog.
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10/31/2006 12:47:13 AM
Good to see another K100D owner. Now I really have to work hard to keep my positions in this camera's category.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2006 09:06:17 PM
Great Shot!
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10/29/2006 12:15:55 PM
This is a very interesting shot. The smoke and steam makes the train look as if it is emerging from some type of ethereal portal. I would have liked to see just a bit more contrast. Well done.
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10/29/2006 09:08:54 AM
I love the detail on the smoke. I wish the focus was just a little more crisp.
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10/28/2006 04:47:56 AM
I can really feel the energy/speed/power in this photo.
This is my Winner. 10 from me.
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10/26/2006 12:38:16 PM
ooh, could have been awesome, but the PP is a bit rough. 6
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10/26/2006 08:14:57 AM
impressive location / action
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10/24/2006 12:03:00 PM
Great comp and perspective! Focus seems a bit soft but an incredible capture.
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10/24/2006 10:30:10 AM
Where is this taken? Very nice
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10/24/2006 02:34:36 AM
I would like to see this one with faded corners. Of course if you did that for the challenge someone would no doubt say they didn't like it. You can't please everyone but I think it would look good that way.
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10/23/2006 09:19:34 PM
Ooo looks cool
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10/23/2006 06:50:23 PM
A little sharper and I would have given it a 10.
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10/23/2006 05:03:21 PM
I like the feel of this photograph. The subject, perspective, and processing all create a very nice antique sense to support the theme of the image. The billowing black smoke really creates a sense of volume and movement in the scene also. As a big fan of railroad images, I really love this one. I can smell the environment and feel the rumble in the scene. I love the smell of a coal-fired locomotive :)
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10/23/2006 01:28:53 PM
Dangerous to be on the tracks, dangerous to breathe the air, eh? Love it!
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10/23/2006 12:45:46 PM
LOOK OUT! Nice job. The smoke really helps on this shot and the B&W looks good. 7
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10/23/2006 11:44:24 AM
Tiny gauge railway track that.
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10/23/2006 11:31:23 AM
11.....best of show
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10/23/2006 05:40:35 AM
Could have been focused a little sharper but what a great image. One can almost feel the tracks starting to shake.
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