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User currently offlineCvervais From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 610 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3924 times:


One of my common problems is that my photos come out soft. So, I'm working at it. I'd like to know if the hive mind considers this photo sharp:


I'm not planning on submitting it since it falls short in other areas like motive and it's a bit on the overexposed side. Which may affect the sharpness judgement.

But, is this the level of sharpness the screeners are looking for?

Thank you for your time and responses.

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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3889 times:
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I'd say it's almost 'a.net sharp'. The windows looks a little soft (partly due to the over-exposure you mentioned), and the cockpit area too, but certainly not terribly so. This one's actually not too far off from submission, in my opinion. Motive problem with the fence, yes, but that's not necessarily a killer. There are plenty of shots in the database with fencing in the bottom of the frame. And seeing as how you identified it as a little over-exposed, I'd say you're getting your editing skills honed pretty quickly.

If you're not going to submit this one, I'd say you should be ready by the next one. Good luck,


User currently offlineCvervais From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

Thanks Dana, I appreciate it.

My next try might be tomorrow. I'm going to try and leave work early to catch the FedEx and UPS heavies. My wife will be visiting her parents into the evening so I'll have some editing time. If I don't get off work early I'll be trying again this weekend.

And you get a lot of thanks for me "getting it".

User currently offlineAussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1737 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

I second Dana's thoughts aswell,Moive is fine for fencing since it doesnt obstruct the aircraft,Exposure is abit blown out but sharpness is quite good except the nose area where its quite soft but some select sharpening would fix it up.

Cheers Mark.

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

I think it is the over-exposure which hurts this image, the sharpness appears to be okay.

The windows to me also appear soft, but fixing the exposure should deal with that. Shouldn't be any big motive problem, the aircraft is in full view, the fence doesn't really distract the eye.

User currently offlineAAairplane From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Looks good enough to me.

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User currently offlineKlemmi85 From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

I think you could gain some more sharpness in this picture by duplicating the layer of the image, filter that copy with highpass filter (2-5px) and then blend it with soft light onto the original image. That should give you the extra sharpness you need.


User currently offlineCvervais From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

Thanks Dennis, I just learned that technique after reading The Photoshop Elements 6 book. It's something I'm going to b trying in the near future.

User currently offlineKlemmi85 From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

No problem, just give it a try. If you encounter some problems or need some advice using this technique, feel free to write me  Wink

Highpass filtering is pretty good for sharpening as it prevents the image from getting "pixelised" at high contrast lines and it can even give you the ability "rescue" pictures which are slightly out of focus.


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