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Quality Rejection - Advice Sought  
User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 511 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Still trying to get my first pic accepted. Had this one rejected for quality. Could do with some tips on how to improve it and in what areas it lacks.
The day this pic was taken, the cloud base was less than 500ft.

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20060724_GP2.jpg

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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Mark

The photo is grainy and oversharpened, and at the same time the aircraft does not look to me like it is in 100% sharp focus. The jaggies from oversharpening are particularly visible along the lines of the flaps and the upper outline of the nosecone. What camera and editing software are you using?

Charles



Make the most of the available light ... a lesson of photography that applies to life
User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 511 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Charles,

Canon EOS350D & Adobe Photoshop. I am a relative newbie at using PS, so tend to make mistakes with it.


User currently offlineLinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 1):
The photo is grainy and oversharpened, and at the same time the aircraft does not look to me like it is in 100% sharp focus

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Just keep practicing!

Regards
Colin  Smile


User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting McG1967 (Reply 2):
Canon EOS350D & Adobe Photoshop.

You must have been shooting at a high ISO. If you have to go beyond 200, it means you will have a hard time editing photos up to a.net standard due to the grain.

Quick tip: before you start work on a photo, scrutinise it at full size. If you see blur or heat distortion, then chances are you won't be able to rescue it even when resized to 1024 pixels width. Trying to will only result in oversharpening.



Make the most of the available light ... a lesson of photography that applies to life
User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 511 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Thanks guys - I checked the EXIF data, ISO was 200. I think a lot of the grain is to do with the weather when the pic was taken - mist and low cloud base.

I also have this pic in the queue at present -

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/ZE368.jpg

Does it stand a chance of getting past screening. ( I labelled it as night - taken at 21:25 )


User currently offlinePRM From Burkina Faso, joined Apr 2002, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Mark,

The seaking is borderline - looks a little soft / blurry around the nose (and lettering), still a little grainy in the sky, and the chopped off tail rotor could lead to a motive rejection (you can move the subject a little to the left, then it would be centred as well). Also, even though it was shot at 21:25 - the light is good (it doesn't look like a night shot to anyone else!) so you'd most likely get a category rejection too.

Overall on quality it's not too far off the mark, you may be able to go back to the original and re-work.

Cheers
Paul


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

As Paul has said, you almost nailed it with the Seaking. I agree with all of his detailed comments.


Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 511 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Thanks Paul. I can't do anything about the rotor - it was cut off when I took the pic. I think the grainy sky is being introduced by my sharpening technique.

User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Quoting McG1967 (Reply 8):
I can't do anything about the rotor - it was cut off when I took the pic

In that case, I would pull the shot from the queue.

You risk a 'motiv' rejection.

In any event the angle is quite unflattering - and helicopters need all the flattery they can get ...



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
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