Rail Roads

by Morteza
(Tehran, Iran)

This is almost exactly what I wanted to capture except those stains on the glass.

I took the photo while sitting in a train moving at the speed of about 25 mph.

I've submitted the photo to learn about your precious advice, guidance and opinion.

Besides I have taken the photo by a cannon sx100 is model.

Thanks in progress

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First of all, apologies for taking a while to come back to you about this one Morteza.

This is an interesting shot from the point of view of the photography tutorial section.

It's interesting because there are so many things that are right about the photo, and yet, somehow, there is something missing.

I always like to go through some of the good aspects on these pages, because it gives our site visitors ideas on how their own photography can improve.

So, here goes – the good stuff . . . First of all, the lead in lines.
Lead in lines are lines (such as the rail tracks here) that lead the viewer into the scene. It is generally considered a good thing to have these lines in a picture.

However, here the lines don't actually lead us anywhere. They just go from left to right and then disappear out of shot.

I appreciate that when sat on a train your options are limited, but some rails that lead more into the distance would have made the composition stronger.

Morteza mentions the stains on the glass as something that lets this photo down a little – and he'd be right! But there is a solution.

First of all, let me just say that if you can avoid things like marks on a window when you actually take the photo – do so. It will save time later.

Perhaps the window could have been opened at the top? If so, shooting through it would have avoided this.

But I'm getting off track :-) ! Since those marks are there, how can we get rid of them? Using software, we can make use of the clone tool.

This will allow Morteza to cover the spots on the window with another part of the photo so that they blend in.

It's a little difficult to explain how to do this, but fortunately there's a tutorial on how to repair photos with Photoshop Elements clone stamp tool right here.

Thanks for the submission Morteza, and I hope there are some useful photography tips here for you.


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