A pic I took...please C&C

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  1. rat_1_ca

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    Took this today....[​IMG]
     
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    Nice picture. I only have a few suggestions. It seems to me that your photo has more then one subject. Is it a picture of a train, or a some people walking on the train track, or just a pretty snapshot of a town? There is no one thing that draws your eye, and because of that, my eye is going everywhere trying to find what I am supposed to be looking at.

    Keep working at it!
     
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    what makes something a "snapshot" and what makes something a "photograph"? seems to me this picture captures the whole scene. people scurrying across train tracks before the trains hits them.
     
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    I, being me, would crop tighter on the train and figures, cut off the parking lot and that would clean up the extraneous a lot.
    SJ
     
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    Also a longer telephoto would compress the figures and train and heighten the drama.
    JS
     
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    Yep...being me too.
     
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    That's a very good and valid question. The most basic answer is a snapshot usually isn't thought out before the shot is taken...you point and shoot and what you get is what you get.

    A photograph is generally more thought out and planned before you hit the shutter release...How's the light? Which direction is it coming from? How should I compose it? Should I get closer? Should I go farther away? Should I hold the camera in a horizontal orientation? Should I hold it in the portrait orientation? Should I use a telephoto lens? Should I use a wide angle lens? Etc, etc, etc...and the end result is hopefully a nicely composed, well lit, pleasing image that says something to us.
     
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    I agree as well, if you crop out the left with the parking lot and you make it a portrait oriented photo it would be greatly improved. the cars are a distracting element to the shot.
     
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    That's a good picture.
     
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    biggest issue in this picture...

    is the tilt. the horizon needs to be straight.
     
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    [​IMG]

    A very quick resize & sepia

    I should have added some contrast too
     
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    Keep in mind, I didn;t take the original shot...just trying to work with what is here.
    Had I taken the photo I would have used a longer focal length to begin with.

    Not sure what my hat has to do with this pic though.
     
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