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What Do You Think Of My First Shot?  
User currently offlinePatrick_L From Austria, joined Jan 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

Hey everyone..  Big grin Big grin

http://airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=GRZ25122003OELTM.jpg

I want to join the club of "spotters" now and this is one result of my first rounds of pix which I tried to upload. Got rejected for "overall too dark"!  Sad

Nevertheless, what do you think? How can I fix it up - or is it worthless to spend time on this picture?

Thank you very much for your input!

Happy Spotting,

Patrick


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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2693 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

I think it's a good picture. Maybe if the sun had been behind you it would have turned out better.

Nick


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4144 times:

Go to photoshop and play with the curves a bit, definitely a good shot.


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User currently offlineSlamclick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

I agree, I like the shot. I think I would make a copy and try something in Photoshop. Think I'd crop a bit, maybe even cut off the mainwheel because you can't see all of it. Keeping my shape, I think mostly I'd cut off a bit of the very bright sky and then see if that would permit me to bring up the brightness of the fuselage sides without burning out the remaining sky completely. Edit the "curve" probably.

I like the light and shadow inside the cockpit and the flash of prop behind them. If they never accept it, it would still look good on your wall.




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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4113 times:

I disagree, cutting off the nose gear might leave you with a nice bad motive rejection, just play around with the curves.


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4113 times:

Just "dodge" the mid-tones/highlites a little on the fuselage the exposure behind the plane is good.

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Sometimes location just dictates what to shoot, but try to avoid backlit subjects. It just works against you unless you really know what you are doing and/or are trying for a certain effect.

You might be able to save this by playing levels as noted above. I think you could use a bit of USM, appears a bit soft.

The light playing on the prop is nice and the photo has potential. Half the battle can be in your post processing so keep at it!

TOny


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

The main problem to me, seems that there's a lot of empty space in this picture - crop it a little tighter, a little USM and curves should do the job.

Good luck,

Alex.



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User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

I really like that photo... unfortunately, it's "offbeat" and pretty "artsy", along with some imperfect lighting, which throws it off of the ALN quality curve. Had the lighting been on your side, you still might have gotten a "badmotiv", but in any case, I think you're definately on the right track and it's only a matter of time before you get some photos on the site.

At least you're not bummed about a reject! That's better than SOME of us (why are you all looking at me?)...

Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlinePatrick_L From Austria, joined Jan 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4028 times:


Hello again!

Thank you all for your input. I will just play around more with post processing in PS. Can't wait to get some new pix..Unfortunately bad weather at the moment.

Thanks again and regards
Patrick


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3992 times:

Hi Patrick,

A little tweaking of levels, with a touch more USM and this is what I got:


Cheers!

Rez
 Big thumbs up



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User currently offlinePatrick_L From Austria, joined Jan 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3945 times:



Hello again everyone...

I tried to edit the image and lighten it up a little - thanks Manzoori for posting your example.

I use Paint Shop Pro - could somebody explain the USM function  Big grin !?

What do you think? Worth re-uploading?
Another reason why the picture seems dark is probably because the airplane (except for the nose cover) was very dirty...

Click : http://www.gibs.at/airbus/sample.htm

Regards
Patrick



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