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Challenge: Trains & Railroads (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Essex, CT
Date: Oct 22, 2006
Aperture: F9
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2006

This picture was shot of the Essex Steam Train today. (10/22) The Foliage in CT is perfect this time of the year. I did some minor editing to lighten, remove a small mile marker, and an artifact from the reflection of the headlight in the lens. Thanks for looking.

Tim

Post Challenge: 8th place! Awesome for a first challenge. I am really excited. I like this picture a lot but agree with some of the comments that I wish I had a bit more of a profile of the train. It was beautiful and some of the details are washed out by the headlight. I had to run to an overpass to get this shot, setup for a shot through a chain link fence, and set exposure all while I hear the last train of the day coming around the corner. (this train is 2.5 hrs away from my house) Not bad for an out of breath photographer. The foliage is only good in this area for one week so you get a couple of opportunities a year to get good pictures here.

Thanks for all the votes!

Tim

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 196
Avg (all users): 6.6970
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.5514
Avg (non-participants): 6.8226
Views since voting: 2614
Views during voting: 495
Votes: 231
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/02/2006 02:23:43 PM
Hello from the Critique Club,

Congratulations on such a great score in your first challenge and a top ten finish to boot. Not much to critique here, as the image is so delightful. I must admit that I would love to play around with this image in post processing to see what could be done without changing the natural feel to it. Maybe bump the saturation or play with curves in just the green channel or mask for the smoke and see if some detail could be brought out with levels or curves. The best thing I can say about this image is that it is one of those fall type images I hope to take someday in my lifetime. Nice job.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.

Tim
10/31/2006 02:15:17 AM
You know, I lived in Connecticut for 20 yrs and I never got to see the Essex train.

:|
10/30/2006 07:45:55 PM
Love this shot - the colours and that the train disappears at the point of rule of thirds makes it a great composition. I'm not totally keen on the beaming light, but otherwise a poster of a shot!
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10/30/2006 03:07:12 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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10/30/2006 09:35:00 AM
Wow! THIS IS GORGEOUS! What a great capture of the essence of autumn! This is another one I think deserved a ribbon!

Congratulations on having such a truly amazing photo in your portfolio, AND top 10 honors to go along with it!

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10/30/2006 09:29:40 AM
i think this turned out very well.
This would make an excellent print in my opinion!
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10/30/2006 12:20:05 AM
Lovely curve amidst the magic of fall. Congratulations on your 8th place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2006 10:44:35 PM
Great capture. The angle moves the eyes from the engine on around the bend. I think you could have used a little more saturation. I give it a 9.
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10/29/2006 09:58:47 PM
I love the imagery that this photo portrays. The fall colors, the black train, the white smoke, the blaring headlight. I can almost hear the "chuf" of the engine. My only critique of this shot is that I think it would have had more impact if it were shot from a lower angle. Probably not possible, without endangering yourself or your camera. Overall, a great shot!
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10/29/2006 08:55:40 AM
Beautiful Autumn photo.
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10/29/2006 05:16:26 AM
Very nice!
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10/28/2006 11:07:38 PM
Out of the bend in the awesome fall colors and an awesome smoke stream. Fantastic photo.
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10/27/2006 08:06:15 PM
The color contrast of the steam gives a cloudy effect. Gr8 work.
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10/27/2006 10:04:01 AM
Pretty :-)
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10/26/2006 11:04:04 PM
Classic photo of a train. Well done. I can't say I would've done anything different. The curving lines lead the eyes nicely through the photo.
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10/25/2006 07:59:39 PM
Very lovely.
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10/24/2006 06:51:16 AM
beautifull winning shot! sharp clean image, premo colors! 10
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10/23/2006 10:12:54 PM
I love everything about this shot... the colors, the composition... all of it... nicely done!!!
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10/23/2006 10:10:42 PM
Great shot and color!
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10/23/2006 08:57:44 PM
Beautiful
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10/23/2006 08:54:15 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge! Good luck!
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10/23/2006 08:36:15 PM
a classic capture
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10/23/2006 08:03:24 PM
Is this a real train?
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10/23/2006 05:02:54 PM
love the colors and perspective of this one.
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10/23/2006 04:19:05 PM
I'm of 2 minds here. 1 says leave it as is cause it's very pleasant but the other wishes you had made the leaves on the ground a bit more vibrant without really affecting the natural beauty of this image. Nice job.
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10/23/2006 03:31:14 PM
Beautiful!
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10/23/2006 02:12:53 PM
I love the colors and the feel of this image. Nice POV for capturing this photo. It lends to a nice composition with the curving line around the corner. Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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10/23/2006 11:49:26 AM
Very nice point of view and composition. 8.
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10/23/2006 01:40:01 AM
nice composition...colours are good...
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10/23/2006 01:00:49 AM
WOW. What a perfect Train picture. The light the steam the colors, positioning, everything! Love it!!!
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10/23/2006 12:25:36 AM
Nice colors and contrast. I think if the camera was a bit lower or maybe a bit higher it would nearly perfect. High rating nonetheless.
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