Train Tracks Model Shoot

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Hey everyone...I'm new to these forums...I would love to get some feedback on these photos.

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Hmm well its a pretty good photo, besides being a tad over exposed, but maybe that's what you were looking for. But i feel that the whole model on the railroad tracks is such a cliche... I don't know there is just sooo many out there.
 

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little overexposed...other than that...pretty good.

I just hope you know that if you were caught, you'd be guilty of a crime. Trespassing on railroad property is a very serious offense.
 
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Hey Sideburns...

I was kinda going for the overexposed look..I guess it didn't quite work here.

I had no idea it was a crime to be on the railroads...I guess I should thank G-d we didn't have an issue today and stay away from here on out.
 

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I like the last shot the best. The rest seem a little too over exposed and almost blown out.
 

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Aside from the over exposed bit the first and last lack contrast. Nothing that can't be slightly touched up though.
 

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Overexposed again, It looks like you picked some harsh light to shoot in, next time try closer to sunrise/sunset. youll get much better colors in the photos. Also #2 and #3, watch for shadows and sunspots on the face, its always good to look out for these things are try to keep the lighting consistent.
 

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try a different time of day...later in the afternoon (more effective lighting)
 

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Well, its already been said that there are blown out parts in these. In this case, if you have no other choice than to shoot at this time of day, I would narrow the aperture to at least 9, and adjust the shutter speed accordingly so that they arent so bright.

The blowout is quite severe in #2 and #3, but I think #1 and #4 can be saved if you run a defog on them, so that they are not so hazy. Just use USM 40, 60, 1 and see what you get.

Also, its a good idea to watch out for hair in the eyes, as in #4.

If its such a crime to take pictures on railroad property, then why do I see so many model shoots done on railroad tracks?

On the upside, your model is very lovely, and I hope you do more shoots with her.
 

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I have to echo the other posts and say the lighting is a little harsh. She is a pretty girl and I would try and reshoot with some more flattering light.

I just hope you know that if you were caught, you'd be guilty of a crime. Trespassing on railroad property is a very serious offense.

Around here the railroad has its own police force not mention if the tracks are active this can be dangerous. You would be surprised at how fast a train can come around a corner with little or no warning. "There can be a train on any track at anytime."
 
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Thank you all for your FB...

NJMAN- you mentioned to shoot in aperture 9 ..I'm an amateur so bare with me, but I'm slightly confused by that.. as long as I choose the right aperture/shutter speed so the camera indicates a correct exposure shouldn't that generally bring a correct exposure (as long as I'm metering off the right area)... or in strong light situations is it better to shoot in a small aperture to "slow" the exposure?

I also touched this up and wanted new FB on whether this looks improved or not..

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One more comment :lol:

If I was doing this shoot for a fashion company the goal would be to SEE the dress...I think in the first shot, you get such a clear view of the dress and if I would have shot it differently the dress would not have been in such sharp view.
 

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I think you should consider taking the dress off and putting in on the tracks, and have her nude.
 

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At the very basic level, considering her brown eyes, why is she wearing blue? Why not beige, orange, rust or a colour combination that matches and sets off her eye colour? Why not match the look to the environment... as in downtown, party, night lights, bar, next to a classy car etc.?

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Thank you all for your FB...

NJMAN- you mentioned to shoot in aperture 9 ..I'm an amateur so bare with me, but I'm slightly confused by that.. as long as I choose the right aperture/shutter speed so the camera indicates a correct exposure shouldn't that generally bring a correct exposure (as long as I'm metering off the right area)... or in strong light situations is it better to shoot in a small aperture to "slow" the exposure?

Yes, basically, if you set your aperture and shutter speed so that you get a correct exposure, technically any combination will work if the exposure meter is at 0. But in very bright light like this, its best to stop down the aperture, and then set your shutter speed accordingly so that you still get a proper exposure. Narrowing the aperture helps to tone down the hot light (for lack of better terminology), and helps keep the colors and tones rich. These images are way too washed out. As long as you keep your shutter speed above 1/80, or somewhere around there (not slower than 1/50 and not faster than 1/100), you wont get any motion blur/camera shake issues from low shutter speed, and your images will still be sharp. I know some photogs like to shoot with shutter speed 1/100 or less on bright days. You dont need an extremely fast shutter speed in bright light. It just makes the image look too hazy and washed out. Does this make sense?
 

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