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Backlit, Acceptable Or Not?  
User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

I have a sequence of shots of this Airbus landing. One got rejected because it was backlit/dark. The other one (cropped, unfortunately) is seconds later, when the plane was in better lighting (but still a bit dark).

Would it be OK as it is now? I also noticed the tail is a bit soft (probably depth of field), would that be an issue?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/N723UW-TKPK-20051210c.jpg

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User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

I would say probably not. Backlit shots can be acceptable and yours looks close, the only thing I worry about is how bright the sky is. I edited the shot you posted (hope you don't mind) and after about a minute it looked somewhat better, at least to my eyes. I made the sky darker, added some contrast, and then inverted the selection and added some fill flash. It seemed to help some. Here is the final. The lighting looks softer but I still don't know if it would be acceptable.
http://img517.imageshack.us/my.php?image=n723uwtkpk20051210c9pj.jpg
-Matt



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

That horizon doesn't look level either.

User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Wow, Matt, that's express service! I certainly don't mind...

Now, the difficulty would be that I started from a raw file. I adjusted the exposure before starting editing. I find this works better than trying to use the shadows/highlights tool in Photoshop. Problem is I don't think you can adjust raw exposure selectively (e.g. only to the plane, not to the background). So I end up with a bright sky from the beginning. But maybe I can redo it using the workflow you describe...

Any other suggestions from anyone?

Thanks!


User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

Matt's version has some jaggies on the top of the fuselage/

User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Funny you say that, I didn't even sharpen it. I think this results from the selection tool and changing only part of the edited picture. Same thing happened on the ocean surface, there is a dark line right at the horizon. I was just showing Ward how I would have edited it. Hopefully he can go back to the RAW and adjust it accordingly.
-Matt



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User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

That oversharpened look is indeed caused by the selection tool.

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 2):
That horizon doesn't look level either.

That must be an optical illusion (I guess due to the other lines) because it was completely level...

Thanks


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