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User currently offlineSteamin From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

First of thanks to all who have helped me in previous threads, my acceptance ratio is finally moving in the right direction.

I had 5 shots in the queue screened yesterday. The first 3 were screened and rejected for soft then the last 2 were accepted.



This is no way a knock at the screeners or because I have had rejections.

On my Monitor I can’t see the difference. All shots were sharpened in the same way. Is this how fine the line is now or is it because they were screened by difference screeners and therefore different monitors?


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

The first shot is slightly oversharpened.

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User currently offlineAussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

Turkish one could use abit of USM all over it to boost but that American one that looks very soft/blurry especially nose area on the monitor im looking at them on,I would of thought Turkish one looks better shot but maybe its the monitor (CRT).
Turkish one i think would of had better chance than AA 777 but screeners think otherwise.

User currently offlineLanas From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Quoting Aussie18 (Reply 2):
Turkish one could use abit of USM

No! The Turkish shot has some jaggies, small ones, specially in the flap sections, nose gear doors, 'Turkish' titles and engine intakes.
The aft section of the aircraft looks pretty flat to me. It gives an odd feeling to the image. It must be due to the direction of the light provided by the sun.
Hope it helps.


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User currently offlineLinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3321 times:


Have a close look at the windows along the fuselage on the first shot. You'll see the quality isn't there, blurry to my eyes.


User currently offlineSteamin From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

If the shot is blurry then fair enough, but that’s the sharpest shot I took all day. I’ve either got focus problems or I’ve leant noting it the last 4 years!  Confused

Here’s a link to the original

The point I was trying to get at in the first post was is the line between soft and sharp so fine that depending on what monitor its screened on has a effect whether its accepted or not?

User currently offlineJentone From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3282 times:


Both look great to me, and as for the jaggies well on my monitor i can see them all over but saying that, i did have to get my nose on the screen and i saw every pixel there, so i do agree with you on this one.
Think it may well depend on the monitor viewing the pic at the time, but there again i'm no expert. BTW nice post processing on the Turkish photo, what program did you use ?  Smile

User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

Tough call Steve..

I agree. In my eyes the TK looks better than the accepted AA shot.

Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlineSteamin From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Quoting Jentone (Reply 6):
nice post processing on the Turkish photo, what program did you use ?

Photoshop elements 2

I’m not sure what to do with it now? It looks over sharp to most but rejected for soft. Do I give it a bit more USM or erase the jaggies?

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