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1st Place, winning a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment a 2022 Draude's Derailment Calendar
2nd Place, winning a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment, a 2022 Draude's Derailment Calendar
3rd place , winning a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment, a 2022 Draude's Derailment Calendar
Congratulations to all our entrants!
The winning photos this year all have one thing in common;
Great Depth of Field.
Depth of field (DoF) is one of the most important concepts in photography. Understanding what DoF is, and knowing what factors affect it, are things all photographers should master.
Rather than copy the article from Photography Life in its entirety; https://photographylife.com/what-is-depth-of-field
We’re going to touch on the 3 winning photographs and the ones that could have been. See comparison photos below.
David Ressler’s First Place is a great example of great DoF.
Everything in the photo is acceptably sharp lending an air of realism to a photo which could have been taken from an overpass on a cloudy day.
Dave Gibson’s excellent photograph is a near miss due to the soft foreground
Buddy Long’s excellent Second Place “eye-level” view of the CSX could easily be mistaken for a prototype photograph. A larger pixel camera would have had it leaping off the page.
Tom Sprecher’s EMD 7 demonstrator has excellent composition and lighting but both foreground and background are blurred.
Randy Mower’s Third Place packs a lot of punch with aggressive angles drawing you into and through the shot.
There are 3 shots to contrast here: Dave Ressler’s Bus to Clarksville and One Second Late and Tom Sprecher’s Mt Gretna train.
All 3 of these draw you into the scenes but leave you just this side of believing them.
Minor corrections to focus, depth and details would have left us with a possibly different set of winning photos.
The Bus to Clarksville: large green foreground blob. Had that been sharp, it would have appeared that the mountains and billboard were deliberately blurred to focus on the bus and bridge.
One Second Late: plastic building on the right which looks like it was dropped onto the street. Look at the dirt and details on the left building and the car and the big plastic wall and door on the right. The train and background buildings look deliberately blurred to focus on the car.
Mt Gretna: foreground details only work if they are sharp. The selective blurring of the background trees is a great idea but the roofs of the passenger cars and some locomotive details were lost. People have to have facial features or be turned away from the camera.