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Which of these do you like best - and why?
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PostSubject: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:21 am

I'm entering a photo contest at a model railroad site I frequent, and I have chosen my photo of a real railway scene, and now I'm trying to narrow down my choice for the model railway scene. Only one entry is allowed per person. I'd love to get some insight from the board as to which of these is the best, and why. I'm not a good photographer (yet) so I'm trying to learn about angles, themes, lighting, etc... My theme here is "Sunset at the Ballpark" and of course trains are involved. Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:54 am

They are ALL killer. But, I am a big picture kinda guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:05 pm

6 because it looks the most real. All of them very, very good. 6 looks like it was taken from a helicopter and if you told me it was a real place I would believe it.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:20 pm

I liked 5 the best.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:41 pm

5 is best. The net is less intrusive to the scene.

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:16 pm

I originally voted #6 but I just noticed something.  You can see the shadows from the lamps on the wall in the lefthand corner.  So instead I'd go with #5.

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:28 pm

Thanks everyone!

Mc666 - good observation...now that you mention it.


Toho - Great catch! I cropped it ever so slightly and was able to remove those shadows without losing anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:12 pm

Very nice train setup by the way, it looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:20 pm

5 for me as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:28 am

#5 is the most realistic looking
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:30 pm

I sent my parents a few of your pics because when I was growing up, they would roll out full-blown detailed model railroad setups every Christmas, complete with model homes, people, roads, etc.  And in a large gauge train scale like your's appear to be. 

Got a response from my dad today:

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Yep! That is pretty neat. Lots of detail including people.Train looks abt
same size as ours.

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:10 am

That's a great memory, Toho! That's what got me started, as well. Our Christmas setup wasn't very detailed, some fired-clay village buildings and old-timey cars that didn't match, but it was just for fun.

Your dad might know the scales/gauges - Mine in N-Scale or 1:160.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:49 am

I like #5 the best.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:26 pm

I voted for #6, for what its worth.

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:53 pm

scottmitchell74 wrote:
That's a great memory, Toho! That's what got me started, as well. Our Christmas setup wasn't very detailed, some fired-clay village buildings and old-timey cars that didn't match, but it was just for fun.

Your dad might know the scales/gauges - Mine in N-Scale or 1:160.

Our Christmas setup had lighted model homes, dirt roads made out of cinnamon and with small stones lined up along the sides, Matchbox cars and people all over the place.  We had a mountain tunnel that the outer train (a diesel-led train) ran through.  And an inner steam engine train that had a flatcar with barrels on it that if you parked the car on a certain part of the track and hit a button it would flip the barrels into the storage yard next to the track.  Real elaborate.  I think I was most fascinated when I peeked under the skirt that covered the boards it was set up on and saw the spiderweb maze of wires going everywhere. 

Still one of my fondest holiday memories.

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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:07 am

I voted for 5, but 3 is also really strong as a composition.

Some really brief and cursory forays into graphic design taught me that you want the composition to have a sense of momentum. If things are too busy, the eye isn't drawn anywhere. The angle of the bleachers in the upper right of 5 pulls the eye in that direction, which is reinforced by the direction of the track.

Or, to make it less technical, it's a damn fine looking snapshot.

3 is solid as a composition, but it's less obvious that you're looking at a model rail set, so I don't think it gets the "point" across as well if I'm understanding what you're going for.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunset at the Ballpark - A Poll    Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:58 am

Runicen wrote:
I voted for 5, but 3 is also really strong as a composition.  

Some really brief and cursory forays into graphic design taught me that you want the composition to have a sense of momentum.  If things are too busy, the eye isn't drawn anywhere.  The angle of the bleachers in the upper right of 5 pulls the eye in that direction, which is reinforced by the direction of the track.

Or, to make it less technical, it's a damn fine looking snapshot.  

3 is solid as a composition, but it's less obvious that you're looking at a model rail set, so I don't think it gets the "point" across as well if I'm understanding what you're going for.

Thanks for the input. Interesting thought about the bleachers angle and track direction. I would like to take a photography class or course someday, as I'm just blindly doing things trial and error with a crappy camera these days.

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