Holl3411 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2730 times:
I've been up to MAN today with the intention of making the most of the afternoon sunshine, with traffic and the long and muddy trek to a decent spot on 24L, I ended up only managing a few minutes before dusk!
I managed a few shots as it was v. quiet, the best of a bad bunch being this one...
I kind of like the lighting in this, but it seems too grainy and soft. (I've not workflowed it yet, as it seems like too much of a stretch)
Is it worth spending the time working on this one or should I consign it to the personal "near miss" collection?
Scottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
It's awfully soft, and the lighting is too head-on as the back of the aircraft isn't lit. However, I'm not seeing too much of a grain problem on my monitor. I highly doubt this one can be fixed... but I've thought that before, and someone on here manages to work up a miracle on photoshop and get it in.
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3011 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
I don't live far away, and I had hopes for being able to get the camera out today too. But family matters prevented it, and I thought the weather would deteriorate faster than it in fact did.
I like the lighting here too and have just had a quick play with the shot you posted. I would need to look at the original, but I think there may be hope, as the atmosphere in the shot is very nice and - for me - makes up for the rear of the aircraft not being directly lit.
Certainly do feel free to get in touch via the profile if you would like any help with the edit.
I see there are already 141 shots of this aircraft on the database, so that may be an issue here. But nothing ventured, nothing gained .
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3011 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2630 times:
Hello again Steve.
Thanks for the email - I have been back in touch.
As things stand this edit has left the aircraft looking too dark overall, and the sharpening doesn't look enough to give it a good chance. I am confident that it can look better than that with some more work. Another small, but significant issue, is that the crop has left a little too much space to the left - you need to crop that slightly closer to the nose, to balance the crop to the right (which looks just about right).
As I mentioned, if you wish, send along the original file and I will do an edit for you to compare with this one here.
Norfolkjohn From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 251 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2630 times:
I like this shot but your edit is way too soft. I would recommend you take up the offer from Paul to have him try an edit on your original. If Paul can't get the shot up to standard I doubt anyone can. Conversely if he can sort it out I know, from personal experience, that he can explain to you exactly what he has done. I have learned a huge amount from him over the last eighteen months and I'm certain he can be a big help to you as well.
P.S. Paul - try not to cringe too much when you read the above !
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
Holl3411 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Quick update: To answer my original post, was this worth working on? Yes - it's now my first acceptance!
Huge thanks to Paul and everyone else that has helped/commented on this and other threads of mine seeking advice over the months!! I don't want this to sound like an OTT oscars acceptance speech, but without the advice and encouragement I've received here on A-net I don't think I would have made the progress that I have.