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Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:30 pm
by legostudios34
I played around in Photoshop last night and turned a fairly boring broadside shot into a something that looks like a pan shot.

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What do you guys think?

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:32 pm
by Saturnalia
Not quite a traditional pan, but I like it! :D

I wish that the road was fully visible at the crossing, with the signs, however.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:42 pm
by GreatLakesRailfan
I like it.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:37 pm
by legostudios34
Thanks guys.

MQT, there are no signs at that crossing.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:55 pm
by Saturnalia
legostudios34 wrote:MQT, there are no signs at that crossing.

None at all?

Either way, I still would have enjoyed it more with the full crossing visible. It is a great shot, but it could be better next time, IMO. :wink:

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:04 pm
by legostudios34
No signs at all. Its a driveway for a farm I thinkm

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:33 pm
by Saturnalia
legostudios34 wrote:No signs at all. Its a driveway for a farm I thinkm

Even farm crossings usually have signs...at least around here...

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:52 pm
by CSX_CO
MQT3001 wrote:
legostudios34 wrote:No signs at all. Its a driveway for a farm I thinkm

Even farm crossings usually have signs...at least around here...


Different states, different laws. Most farmers crossings don't require any kind of signs, and the horn isn't usually blown for them either. Its not a 'public crossing at grade' its a private one.

Plus, with signs on the crossing, doing a 'pan' they'd be blurry and distracting anyway.

Practice Safe CSX

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:54 pm
by Saturnalia
CSX_CO wrote:Plus, with signs on the crossing, doing a 'pan' they'd be blurry and distracting anyway.

Didn't think about that.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:24 am
by J T
MQT3001 wrote:Not quite a traditional pan, but I like it! :D

As a non-photographer, what would you define as being a traditional pan?

If Baxter had shown me that picture and said it was a pan shot, I would have been able to identify how it's a fake because of one particular aspect of a pan shot. Can you?

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:30 am
by legostudios34
On Sunday afternoon I practiced shooting real pan shots of cars. I probably shot 100 pictures but only 10 or so came out decent. I was about to try it on the DPU of a coal train yesterday when the camera battery died... So no real pan shots of trains for now.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:22 pm
by Saturnalia
J T wrote:
MQT3001 wrote:Not quite a traditional pan, but I like it! :D

As a non-photographer, what would you define as being a traditional pan?

If Baxter had shown me that picture and said it was a pan shot, I would have been able to identify how it's a fake because of one particular aspect of a pan shot. Can you?

The scenery is fuzz, not elongated like a normal pan.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:42 pm
by CSX_CO
J T wrote:If Baxter had shown me that picture and said it was a pan shot, I would have been able to identify how it's a fake because of one particular aspect of a pan shot. Can you?


Just a guess: In a pan, isn't it usually the 'center of focus' that stays 'stationary' while the edges would be a bit blurry?

Practice Safe CSX

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:01 pm
by J T
MQT3001 wrote:The scenery is fuzz, not elongated like a normal pan.

Well that would all depend on the shutter speed and how fast the pan movement is. Pans don't always look elongated.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:05 pm
by J T
CSX_CO wrote:
J T wrote:If Baxter had shown me that picture and said it was a pan shot, I would have been able to identify how it's a fake because of one particular aspect of a pan shot. Can you?


Just a guess: In a pan, isn't it usually the 'center of focus' that stays 'stationary' while the edges would be a bit blurry?

Practice Safe CSX

And a correct guess at that. The sharpest part of a pan should be directly in front of you (in the case of a train, perpendicular to the subject). As the lens captures the subject beyond the 90 degree angle to the left and right, the movement between the subject and the lens is at a different speed, hence it will show the effect of motion blur.

Re: Played Around in Photoshop for a while

Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:44 pm
by MDH
Plus that tree casting the shadow on the autorack must be moving along with the train... ;)