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User currently offlineAIRBUSRIDER From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4146 times:

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Hi all, I was wondering what you all think of this shot. Does it have a chance to make it to the db? What catagory should I select for upload? Any thoughts on making it better would be appreciated.........thanks


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User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4130 times:

Ah, TPA, I've shot that scene a hundred times over, its a very lovely one at night.

This is a nice shot. However it looks a tad unlevel, give it a couple clicks CW, and maybe crop a little closer to the Airtran 737 on the left. You also have a strong color cast from the yellow lights on the field. I'm not sure what camera you shot this with or with what settings. But I would shoot night scenes in RAW and either shoot with an incandescent WB setting or preset it manually.

Hope this helps!

-Joey



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User currently offlineAIRBUSRIDER From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

Hey Joey, actually you had just left the night I shot this one. Which way do you think I should rotate it? I am thinking a bit counter clockwise. Any suggestions on the color correction?


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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1293 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

Hi Anthony,

The big white light area (parking lot?) is distracting for me. It would look better if this part would be cropped out (more focus on the aircraft). I cannot judge on the quality of the shot, because I am on my laptop...

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2069 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4105 times:
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Anthony, it's indeed a nice shot especially with the railway nicely leading the eye from the bottom to the middle of the image to the main point of interest however I think it's a little too dark (even for a nightshot  Wink). Apart from the small part of the terminal with the 2 airplanes you don't really see much of the airport.
Try to brighten it up a tad and I think you should be fine.
What I also noticed is that you apparently chose a short exposure time; that's really sad since if you increase the exposure time your image will become much more lively; see Serge's beautiful shot of the LAX terminal:

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For such a shot I'd recommend setting ISO to 100-200, aperture to f9-f16 and let the camera and a sturdy tripod do the rest.

Good luck!

Thierry



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User currently offlineLanas From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 978 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Hi Anthony

I think this one might fall behind the 'motive' rejection (or distance), since there´s nothing significant being shown in the picture. The terminal is too far in the distance and the aircraft are poorly illuminated. There are also many distracting areas in the foreground (roads, illuminated parking, etc). Next time you could try to allow more sky in. It would give a better feel to the picture.
Hope it helps. Big grin

Cheers!  Smile
Lanas.-



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User currently offlineAIRBUSRIDER From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4088 times:

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OK, here is a modified vesion of the photo using some of the suggestions from you guys. I am new to this night shot thing and still learning a lot about it, it is not easy! Anyhow, the photo is what it is but I am curious if it looks any better. Thanks for all the help guys....AR



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

That second shot looks a lot better, but combine it with Thierrys advice the next time, try a nice long exposure, perhaps with a train running along the track as well as that should give you some nice lightstreaks that lead you into the photo.

Jurgen



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User currently offlineAIRBUSRIDER From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 208 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4069 times:

So now the question is: should I upload or not? I wish a screener would make a comment here but everyone is welcome to. I am wondering if this would be a motive problem. I am just trying to get as much input as possible, I really do like the shot but I am just not sure how it will go in screening......


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