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Contrast failure

On a fan trip two decades ago, I observed this old Sentinal railcar as a possible useful compositional prop for the return working of the train I'd been following. When the time came, I was delighted to find someone actually at work restoring the thing. With a few seconds to go I chose a slow shutter speed, hoping to emphasise the pasing train. However, I got this shot instead: a bland expanse of space in the bottom third and the train itseld barely distinguishable through the windows.

If only I'd used colour!
Thanks for entering and good luck.
If you have any ideas for future topics, please let me know.
 
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Still not bad in my opinion....
 
Thanks for the comment Alexander.

I think this reflects the dilemma of the theme of this particular competition. I didn't want to submit a shot which showed obvious error or lack of forethought (and frankly I have long since moved on from "take a photo 'cos I can" if there are obvious composition clashes - if it is obvious that something is in the way I simply leave the camera in the bag and move on) but one where I had something in mind before I took the shot but the result did not live up to my expectations.

And yes, despite me thinking it would have been better in colour I'm still resonably pleased with this one.
 
I like the image, I don't see it as a failure by any means. I understand that you weren't able to meet your own expectations, but it holds my attention due to the fact that I find the interior pleasing. I would like to see more detail in the floor... more crisp.

EDIT: also the odd thing, that is a good thing, is that the guy seems larger than my expect. It makes my eyes confirm the scene, darting back and forth.

GMV !!

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Jeff,
An interesting comment on relative size. I think the answer here is that this particular coach ran on 3'6" gauge. While I don't know the relative dimensions, I think it would be a very safe bet that it was much smaller than your average US/Canadian coach.
 

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