Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3249 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
Personally, I would not change anything in the first one. If the screeners didn't like it, just keep it for yourself. Show your friends, or whatever. But don't alter the photo from how reality actually looked. To me, it looks natural how it is. Not every airport is lit up like broad daylight at night. Just for kicks I opened it up in Photoshop to see what it thinks about the photo, and I ran an auto-color and it actually made the photo darker! I then manually checked the levels and yes, you have room to bump up the contrast if you want to (which has the effect of making it appear brighter), but I think it looks most natural and probably most realistic how it is.
As for the second, just turn the grid on in your photo editor. Align the horizon with the grid. You'll have to figure out how much by trial and error. Looks like somewhere between 1 and 2 degrees to me.
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KC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
I think the quality of your shots is there. I like the light and color in your first photo; only problem is, there's really no subject. This image should get a badmotiv before a baddark, not to insult you or anything. I think if you could have focused on one plane taxiing in or something; that would have produced a winning photo (IMHO again). As for the second photo, I'm not sure if I see a problem in the angle -- unless you're talking about the angle at which you are from your subject. I prefer if you shot this photo from the plane's 2 o'clock instead, but then again, I am no expert.
Once again, I think the quality is there, just try to pick your shots a little bit better. Good luck.
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1044 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1416 times:
Have to agree with both.
The second one needs some CW rotation.
Use the grid function in PS and use the vertical surfaces on the distant hangars to line her up.
Did ou shoot the first one in a programme mode?
You probably need to shoot it in manual or a longer shutter speed to get some more light in.
Nice shot though and a good one for the collection.
Gmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2158 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1371 times:
I know what you were trying to do in the first picture but as mentioned above there was no real subject. I know how hard it is to get a good angle on aircraft, especially if you are like me and have no access to the ramp.
I would say use these two examples as something to strive for, I also have Sony camera....your file hints at that, and if you email me direct we can go through some settings?
You will see that the first one is more of a recent tail shot but if you have the Appature high, like i can only go to 8.0 on my 717, and set the shutter speed around 5 seconds... you will get bright lights like such. In the second picture there I tried to focus on the two asian aircraft, the 777 is getting most of the attention but allows for another aircraft into the picture.
As far as your second picture, its just needs to be rotated and should be accepted... I think there is an aircraft wing in the picture as well.... were you on an aircraft at the time?