Sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2032 posts, RR: 34 Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1340 times:
I don't think there's anything wrong with the composition, although you may have tripped an a.net rule somewhere. I would have a play with the b&w conversion though - see if you can achieve deeper tones and contrast; I'd prefer a darker sky against the shiny fuselage.
It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.
Unfortunately, there was no message from the screener. I recently complimented the screeners on putting personal messages in the rejection emails. Too bad, it has almost entirely stopped, at least in my case. More rejections, fewer comments...
Diezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1283 times:
My first impression of the picture was that there is no real focus point in the picture. It's a bit flat and it just doesn't feel right with the tail so prominent in the foreground. And yes, I know I'm being vague here sorry about that.
IMHO using B&W should always have a purpose. Beside the airplane being a classic, a very dramatic sky, high contrast or whatever would be nice. I think that is missing here.
And BTW, you are very right about being 'partial' to your own creation. It happens to me all the time and it is exactly what keeps the fun in my hobby!
What does it mean - "converted incorrectly"? Probably just using 'desaturate' option? I converted it using 'Power Retouche' plugin, and I played around with it to make it look right. But than, again, if it was for incorrect conversion, it would have been 'editing', not 'motive', wouldn't it?
Quoting Diezel (Reply 6): My first impression of the picture was that there is no real focus point in the picture. It's a bit flat and it just doesn't feel right with the tail so prominent in the foreground.
I kind of see what you mean, Roel, even though it is arguable... Still, I appreciate your opinion. Maybe I should try and follow James' advice:
Quoting Sulman (Reply 1): see if you can achieve deeper tones and contrast
About the crop:
Quoting Eadster (Reply 7): I reckon it could be because of the cutting off of the horizontal stab or maybe the rudder?
I wasn't really going to appeal; I don't do it often, mostly I just try to fix and re-upload; my two last appeals had been unsuccessful anyway, and I nearly decided that appealing would be a waste of time. However your support allowed me to build a "case" for an appeal; besides, your posts helped me learn something about my own picture; it is amazing how much you don't see until someone points it out to you...
James, Kas, Ilikeflight, Tony, Roel, Martin, Matt, Royal - thanks everyone!