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Topic: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Vzlet
Posted 2008-03-01 07:52:26 and read 3758 times.



I had the above picture rejected for category a while ago, but couldn't see anything wrong with the categories I had selected (DARK and PRIVATE). I enquired through a thread, but received only one response, from a non-screener. I then appealed it, explaining that it was taken 25 minutes before sunrise. The appeal was also rejected, but with this rather baffling comment:
"Dark is for images AFTER the sun has set and gone below the horizon."

That comment made me think something must have been misunderstood, so I emailed screeners@ airliners.net a week ago for clarification, but haven't yet received a reply. So, I'm trying again here. Is the Night/Dusk/Dawn category appropriate for this shot, or I am overlooking something else?

Shot details: ISO 100, 6 sec, f8, time 0637, local sunrise that day 0702.

Thanks,
Mark

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Dazbo5
Posted 2008-03-01 08:09:30 and read 3744 times.

The 'dark' catagory is for shots taken in complete darkness, which your shot isn't so the rejection was correct. Re-upload without 'dark' being marked and providing the quality is there (I'm on a laptop so can't comment), then you should be ok.

Darren

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Acontador
Posted 2008-03-01 10:19:48 and read 3714 times.

Hi Mark,

From what you are saying in this and the other thread, you selected DARK and PRIVATE categories.
DARK doesn't apply, as there is still enough natural light to cause some shadows. While the sun might be still not directly visible, it looks like it is certainly high enough to produce the (very nice) reflection on the fuselage.
I don't know what you put on the 'Airline' field, but if it was only 'Untitled', then PRIVATE should be OK; if you put 'Untitled (operator XYZ)', then it is not a privately owned aircraft and thus PRIVATE does not apply.

Hope it helps  Smile .

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Vzlet
Posted 2008-03-03 05:16:21 and read 3638 times.



Quoting Acontador (Reply 2):
DARK doesn't apply, as there is still enough natural light to cause some shadows. While the sun might be still not directly visible, it looks like it is certainly high enough to produce the (very nice) reflection on the fuselage.

From a logical standpoint, your reply makes perfect sense, Andres, but it clashes with the recently revised guidance for NIGHT/DUSK/DAWN on the upload page: "A photo shot when the sun is below the horizon." What's the sense of giving photographers criteria different from those the screeners are using? (And who, then, determines the content of the guidance on the upload page?)

I was happy to see the recent change to the night/dusk/dawn information because it seemed like the simplest, least ambiguous way to define it. If that definition isn't valid, however, then please just tell us what the real criteria are. It would be easier and less frustrating for everybody.

(And, Andres, I don't mean to make it sound like I'm jumping all over you! My reply is directed to the entire screening staff and to whomever provides the guidance on the upload page.)

-Mark

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Flynavy
Posted 2008-03-03 05:34:37 and read 3630 times.

Quoting Acontador (Reply 2):
From what you are saying in this and the other thread, you selected DARK and PRIVATE categories.
DARK doesn't apply, as there is still enough natural light to cause some shadows. While the sun might be still not directly visible, it looks like it is certainly high enough to produce the (very nice) reflection on the fuselage.
I don't know what you put on the 'Airline' field, but if it was only 'Untitled', then PRIVATE should be OK; if you put 'Untitled (operator XYZ)', then it is not a privately owned aircraft and thus PRIVATE does not apply.

The sun looks "below the horizon" to me. Whether or not it casts any shadow wasn't part of the criteria. IMO, it qualifies as dark.

[Edited 2008-03-03 06:03:00]

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Vzlet
Posted 2008-03-05 02:00:14 and read 3569 times.

Surely someone can shed light on this?

How should photographers decide if the night/dusk/dawn category is appropriate for a shot?

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Vzlet
Posted 2008-03-07 17:23:35 and read 3511 times.

One last bump, hoping to find someone who's not reluctant to share the night/dusk/dawn rule with the people who are supposed to apply it...

Topic: RE: Seeking Screener Reply On Dark Category
Username: Flynavy
Posted 2008-03-07 17:30:22 and read 3506 times.

I've had some problems with this category as well.

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...was initially rejected because I selected night/dusk/dawn. Whereas on my previous simulator cockpit shots, also in a night/dusk visual scene, were accepted with that category.  banghead 

Seems kind of ridiculous and excessively nit-picky to me. But alas, screeners are people too and are bound to make mistakes. I feel your pain, Mark.


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