WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1295 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1962 times:
The over exposed shots don't look too bad from my screen. I can say they are a little bright, but I wouldn't say too bad. The level rejection needs some CCW rotation, but that was just an eyeball, not using photoshop.
Norfolkjohn From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 251 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1901 times:
Both the KLM and Air France shots are overexposed. The whites are too bright. If the shots were taken in RAW it may be possible to correct this by going back to the original files. If they were taken in .jpg format there is scope for some adjustment through levels in PhotoShop but I fear this will not quite produce a good enough result.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of overexposure / excessively bright whites. Firstly you can try setting a little under exposure compensation. This is what I do in bright lighting conditions and I find that minus one third of a stop works in most cases. As mentioned above you can shoot RAW and then try to correct the exposure at the post processing stage. (I don't do this as I find it harder than sorting the exposure in the camera). You can also look at the white balance setting on the camera and perhaps use a custom white balance setting based on a standard grey card. (Details are in the camera instruction book). Finally the method most likely to achieve genuinely correct exposure in the camera would be to use a separate hand held incident (as opposed to reflected) light-meter.
I stick with a little exposure compensation and careful adjustment of levels in PS. I only have Elements 2 and am no expert on the editing front but I usually manage a satisfactory result via this route.
Apart from the exposure issues I would say that all three shots are a bit softish and could stand a further kick of sharpness. There are also dust spots visible on the KLM and Air France shots. If you can't see them equalize the images and you will not be able to miss them.
I would agree that in the BA shot the verticals are vertical but the shot feels like it is not level. This is an old debate but within reason you just have to go with what looks right. I am no Screener but in this case I would not have given a rejection for level but would not have been happy with the sharpness or the fact that the horizontal tail fin had been cut off.
My thoughts for what they are worth.
All the best,
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