I cloned out the dust spot, reworked the shot from the original with the same workflow, reuploaded it with a comment to the screeners and was surprised to see the improved version rejected for grainy, soft and common:
Now does it make sense to sharpen and reupload this shot? There are obviously a few screeners within the crew who consider this shot as perfectly acceptable ... On a side note, I would have expected at least a personal comment if previous decisions by screeners are overruled.
You'll se that F-WWOW is by far the aircraft with more pics on database. It means that a pic needs to be of an extra good quality to be accepted. Yours is a pic of a good quality (if it were mine, it will be for sure the star of my collection), but not such a level to rise above the standard required for this aircraft.
On the other hand, maybe the dustspot was the first thing the screener noticed on first rejection and didn't go further on screening process, hence the first rejection.
TimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2591 times:
Quoting FUAirliner (Thread starter): There are obviously a few screeners within the crew who consider this shot as perfectly acceptable
Not necessarily, I think what happened is the first screener rejected the image immediately after he saw the dustspot and did not check for other issues. I have to say this aircraft is far too common and the quality is lacking here.
FUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
OK, thanks for your comments, Stil and Tim. I will leave this picture for my personal collection/other databases.
As a suggestion for the screening process, perhaps it is possible to check all reasons that apply at the first time. A rejection for dirty together with a personal comment clearly deliveres the message "Remove the dust spot and it'll be acceptable" to me. Especially with "easy-to-fix" rejections like dirty, soft or level this would be very helpful for us photographers.