MHO From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 209 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
This rather unisual jet came to rest at my home 'drome. It's a Fouga CM-170 Magister.
I sure hope these shots are up to snuff (or close to), or I may just have to give up. This plane is on the ground, stationary and I can get close to it. If I'm not able to get clear, sharp shots of this, well, I don't know what to do, or what I'm doing.
And they are soft. Don't forget, however, that a lot of the 'sharpness' you see here on a.net is a result of the editing process. You might be taking good shots, but if you're not editing them properly, it might be hard to tell (as in this case).
As always, would need to see the full size to tell you if it editable to standards.
Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31 Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2531 times:
Quoting MHO (Reply 3): OK, maybe I am too hesitant with the unsharpen mask function. Here are straightened, sharpened versions of the same:
You don't need to (and probably shouldn't) blast your photos with USM... the sharpening should be done carefully so as not to overdo it. Your edits looks slightly better, but are too sharp in some places, yet not sharp enough in others.
Quoting MHO (Reply 4): Here are links to full size:
Those are larger versions, but certainly can't be full-size, unless you've done a lot of cropping. Those are only 1400-1500 pix, but since you're shooting with a a350 they should be something like 4500 pix... plus, they look like they've been edited already. Did you have to crop a lot from the original? That could be a reason for the lower quality.
Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31 Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
Quoting MHO (Reply 9): I uploaded full-sized, untouched RAW format files
That's not a RAW format file, that's an un-cropped JPEG. RAW files for Sony would end in .arw, .srf, or .sr2, and be 10+MB in size.
That's ok, however, as I took a look at the JPEG (the RAW file would help mainly for exposure, color, etc...), and can tell you the photo is pretty soft. Whether that's because the focus is off, or because of your lens (some lenses are softer than others), I can't say.
The softness, coupled with the fact that there will be a fair amount of cropping needed (down to 2700pix or so) means that to bring this shot up to acceptable standards will involve a lot of work. I'm not saying it's impossible, but you'll need to spend a lot of time doing some selective sharpening, as there are some areas that need a little sharpening, and some that need a whole lot. You wouldn't be able to blanket sharpen the whole image, because if you applied the amount that was needed for some areas to all, then some would be quite visibly oversharpened.
So... the level of softness in your shot is something that can be overcome if the shot fills the frame, but because you're going to need to crop 40% of the image, it becomes a lot more difficult to hide.
If you want more advice about what may have caused the softness, or about how to proceed with an edit if that's what you want to do, let me know.
MHO From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 209 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2460 times:
I had to go back and double check what I uploaded, and sure enough, they were *.AWR files. I can only guess that Picasa converts them to jpeg when posting on the site. There were actually 4 files there, but I neglected to mention that or the forward/backward arrows. In some, the plane takes up more of the image. And, yes, thanks, I most certainly appreciate any advice you might have about sharpening. This seems to be my photographic achilles heel.
Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31 Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Send me a private message or contact me through my profile and I'll give you my email address so you can send me one of the RAW files. Doing a proper RAW -> JPEG conversion is an important step that makes later edits a lot easier, and I'll see if I can't come up with a better version JPEG.