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Photo Acceptance - Pre Screening (EGTESkyGod)  
User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4023 times:
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Third time lucky, with advised proper thread title, and ask for your advice on editing the following shots...

1) Red Arrows at EGTE. Levelled using wings and was told about a red colour cast...? I'm still fairly new to editing so what is colour casting and how can I improve the shot enough to stick it in the queue?

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/RedsExeter.jpg

2) Concorde at MAN... Told leading edge of wing was oversharpened...? Which wing?

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/AlphaCharlieMAN-1.jpg

3) BA 747 at SYD

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/BA747SYD.jpg

4) Qantas 747 at SYD

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/Qantas747Phillipine330.jpg

5) Trident at MAN

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/TridentManchester.jpg

6) BA 757 at MAN

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/BA757Manchester.jpg

7) Same BA 757 at MAN

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/BA757Manchesterside.jpg


Your help and advice on editing these shots to an acceptable standard would be greatly appreciated, and I hope the mods see fit to keep this thread live. Thank you.

[Edited 2009-08-30 10:15:20]


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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4013 times:
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Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
1) Red Arrows at EGTE

Yes, there seems to be a pretty severe color cast. See below for my partial attempt it from the right side.

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/5130/redsexeter.jpg

As for level, I suggest using any horizontal/vertical lines in the background. In this case, they would suggest you need a little CW rotation (especially the verticals). You can always just leave it as is and see what the screeners think (but fix the color).

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
Concorde at MAN... Told leading edge of wing was oversharpened

Both.. especially the right wing. Jaggies visible along the nose too.

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
3) BA 747 at SYD

Pretty strong color cast again, and the quality's not really there either (looks like due to heat haze/ jpeg compression)

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
4) Qantas 747 at SYD

Soft/Blurry, color, quality is lacking in this one too.

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
5) Trident at MAN

Best of the lot quality-wise, just needs a little brightening, and seems to suffer from compression too, but that could just be how you're saving it/uploading it. Motive probably is ok, but can't say for sure.

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Thread starter):
6) 7 7)BA 757 at MAN

Also better with the quality, but the lighting conditions make for hard work in the editing. If it were me, I'd go with the first one. There are a few things that need fixing up (color, CA, etc..), and it looks like it's suffering from some compression again, but it's probably fixable.

It seems that the case with your earlier shots is that they were taken with a camera that unfortunately wasn't up to the task. I see that you switched to a K10D recently, and that the quality of your shots correspondingly went up. Nearly all of my shots on a.net were taken with a K10D, so the camera is certainly capable enough. If you need help editing, let me know, as I've obviously had plenty of experience working with your camera. If you have the original files (raw/.pef/.dng preferable) I'd be happy to take a look and help you through the process.

Dana


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4005 times:
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Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 1):
I see that you switched to a K10D recently

Not quite... I borrowed my Dad's for the day at Manchester. Last week I bought a Canon 500D so will be using that in future, just using some old shots to practice editing. The earlier shots you mentioned (No's 1, 3 and 4) were taken with a bog standard Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 and is probably the reason for the lower quality.

I have to admit, of the ones above I'd most like to see No 5 uploaded (front on shot of 757)...

New try... http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/BA757Manchester2.jpg

And hows this now for the Reds? http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/RedsExeter-1.jpg

[Edited 2009-08-30 11:22:18]


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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3943 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

Hiya,

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 2):
And hows this now for the Reds?

Are you sure you didn't accidentally post the picture you showed in your first post? they look very much alike, but in any case there is still a huge red color cast.


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3971 times:
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Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 3):
Are you sure you didn't accidentally post the picture you showed in your first post?

Ah... quite right, what a dipstick I am... here you go...

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/RedsExeter-2.jpg



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User currently offlineConoramoia From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3970 times:



Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 4):

No...sorry...it's still there.

What are you doing in photoshop?

Regards,

Conor


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
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Quoting Conoramoia (Reply 5):
What are you doing in photoshop?

I just played a bit with the levels, both as a whole and then just the red... messed around a little bit until I came up with the above... what do you think I should do?



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User currently offlineConoramoia From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Set a black point on the wheels and as stupid as it may sound I'd set a white point on the line on the nose.

I don't think levels will do the trick...You can add more blue which should neutralise it...but you should work it and compare to dlowwa's edit if your not sure.


Regards,

Conor


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3943 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3961 times:

I just tried to fix your color cast in PS, but it didn't work. If you had a RAW file it might be possible to fix it, but otherwise I don't think this particluar photo can be salvaged.

User currently offlineCvervais From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3953 times:
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Charlie,

Regarding your colour casts, have you calibrated your display lately? If it's not properly calibrated you might not see a colour case but, when those of us with calibrated displays looks at it there's a very clear colour cast.

Here are some links that might help you:

http://www.google.com/search?client=...splay+calibrator&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8


User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3953 times:
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Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 8):
I don't think this particluar photo can be salvaged.

I'd have to agree. It'll be pretty difficult to fix with just the Jpeg.

The BA 757 looks better, but still has a few issues, most notably the color is still off.

Dana


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3931 times:
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Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 8):
I don't think this particluar photo can be salvaged.



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 10):
I'd have to agree. It'll be pretty difficult to fix with just the Jpeg.

That's fine, no worries... like I say, I am just playing around and editing what photos I do have before going and using my new camera to get the better photos. I guess what I'm really asking is "How's my editing?"

I don't really mind if the Red Arrows doesn't make it to be honest... but the 757 at MAN...

Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 10):
The BA 757 looks better, but still has a few issues, most notably the color is still off.

OK, how can I improve the colours? And with a bit of play, do you think I could potentially get this picture uploaded?

Thank you all for your advice, I appreciate it and will even more so if I can add to my solitary picture in the database!

Charlie.

PS, Yes my monitor is calibrated, I just clearly didnt take enough of the colour cast away!  Wink



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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
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Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 11):

OK, how can I improve the colours?

Don't worry too much about colours... when I first started uploading last year, I had a horrible time with colour casts with my first dozen or so shots. Once you get an eye for it, it gets easier. You'll just need to play around with them and compare your shots to others... no easy/instant fix really...

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 11):
do you think I could potentially get this picture uploaded?

The only way I could give you a more definite answer would be to see the original, and as myself and others have mentioned, a RAW file would be preferable. You can contact me through my profile if you want to send me the original, and I'll have a look and see if it's worth trying to come up with a better edit.

Dana


User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3043 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3924 times:
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Charlie.

My feeling is that the BA 757 head on shot is a pretty good edit overall - the problem you have, as I mentioned in the other thread - is the direction of the lighting. You just have too much contrast in this photo, because of the backlighting, and I think that means the screeners will not be satisfied come what may. Backlighting is not necessarily an automatic rejection, but it has to add to the photo somehow. In this example of a common aircraft on the database, it simply presents too many issues - very dark shadows in too big areas and highlights that are almost burned out on the fuselage.

Now your Trident tail is very nicely exposed and the lighting is right for you there - I think you should easily be able to get that one accepted. If you want any help just ask. The difference in quality in the photos above due to the different cameras is really evident - not your fault.

Cheers.

Paul

P.S. The Concorde problems is the wing on the left as we look - notable jaggies - easily resolved. Also I agree something went badly worng with your Reds photo and it has had it, I am afraid. The colour temperature/white balance is wrong in the original.


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3921 times:
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Quoting Psych (Reply 13):
My feeling is that the BA 757 head on shot is a pretty good edit overall

Thank you.  Smile

Quoting Psych (Reply 13):
the problem you have, as I mentioned in the other thread - is the direction of the lighting. You just have too much contrast in this photo, because of the backlighting, and I think that means the screeners will not be satisfied come what may. Backlighting is not necessarily an automatic rejection, but it has to add to the photo somehow. In this example of a common aircraft on the database, it simply presents too many issues - very dark shadows in too big areas and highlights that are almost burned out on the fuselage.

Based on this, (and the original I will post below) is it still worth tinkering with in an effort to please the mods?

Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 12):
The only way I could give you a more definite answer would be to see the original, and as myself and others have mentioned, a RAW file would be preferable.

Original Image... http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/IMGP2052.jpg

Quoting Psych (Reply 13):
Now your Trident tail is very nicely exposed and the lighting is right for you there - I think you should easily be able to get that one accepted. If you want any help just ask. The difference in quality in the photos above due to the different cameras is really evident - not your fault.

I thought the Trident tail was the best, but I think there are already quite a few tail shots in the database and didn't want it to be rejected for that reason.

Quoting Psych (Reply 13):
The Concorde problems is the wing on the left as we look - notable jaggies - easily resolved

Easily resolved? If I start again with the edit and don't sharpen the nose and wings so much, this would make it in?



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User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3892 times:
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Wish me luck... have included the Trident in the upload queue...

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/b...51736891.1547tridentmanchester.jpg

Also have found some more pics from MAN with the Sun behind me... here's the first I've found.

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/ThomasCookManchester.jpg

[Edited 2009-08-31 10:07:03]


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User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3043 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3889 times:
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Charlie.

I have re-read my post and should have added a few key words - I think the Trident is a good shot with a little reworking of the edit. The lighting is excellent, but I think it can look even better if you address a few elements of oversharpening (jaggies where the blue of the tail meets the white of the fuselage and also the top of the engine cowling) and slight softness in other areas (frustrating I know, but there it is - e.g. the lettering of 'Trident Three'). The red of the tail logo looks slightly oversaturated, and I would be interested to see if this is in the original or due to editing. At the square on angle that you have taken the image, I would also be tempted to crop it closer, beyond the registration, but that is a personal thing.

I would be happy to do an edit for you from the original if you wish.

Paul


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3884 times:
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Quoting Psych (Reply 16):
I would be happy to do an edit for you from the original if you wish.

Paul... Have sent you my email address.  Smile



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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3880 times:
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Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 14):
Original Image...

... I don't think that's the original image... from the K10, the file should be 3800+ pix across... this is a re-sized version, no? And I assume that means you don't have a RAW version... the reason I asked for the RAW version (file ending in .pef or .dng) is that it's a lot easier to fix color/exposure problems.

There aren't many free hosting sites that will host a full-size image, so if you do want me to take a look you'll have to contact me and send it by email.

Dana


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3878 times:
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Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 18):
There aren't many free hosting sites that will host a full-size image, so if you do want me to take a look you'll have to contact me and send it by email.

In that case if you PM me your email, I'll send you the original... No I don't have it in RAW format, just JPG I'm afraid. I have adjusted my new camera to use RAW so when I get chance to use it, hopefully the results will be clearer for all to see.



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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3871 times:
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The Thomas Cook looks much better than the BA, though it still needs the contrast and colour adjusted slightly, and is a bit soft. Should be relatively easy to fix with editing.

Got your mail with the BA 757 btw, and I'll have a go at editing it when I get home, although doesn't look too promising (the colour/lighting/etc...) at this point.

Dana


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3870 times:
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Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 20):
The Thomas Cook looks much better than the BA, though it still needs the contrast and colour adjusted slightly, and is a bit soft. Should be relatively easy to fix with editing.

Ideal! I will get on with it now and see what I can come up with.

Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 20):
Got your mail with the BA 757 btw, and I'll have a go at editing it when I get home, although doesn't look too promising (the colour/lighting/etc...) at this point.

OK no worries... Thank you so much for looking for me. Just email me back when you've had a play.  

Edit... after having had a play with the Thomas Cook 757, hows this?

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/ThomasCookManchester-1.jpg

[Edited 2009-08-31 13:20:12]


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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3841 times:
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Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 21):
Edit... after having had a play with the Thomas Cook 757, hows this?

...no, going in the wrong direction. Now too dark. still has a bit of a yellow cast too, and some jaggies in some areas.

Needs a bit of work, but I still think it should be salvageable. You can send me that full-size too if you want.

Dana


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3795 times:
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Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 22):
no, going in the wrong direction. Now too dark. still has a bit of a yellow cast too, and some jaggies in some areas.

Sorry, had a couple of days away... Have had another play, attempted to smooth the leading edge of the fin, have hopefully got rid of the yellow cast and have played with the contrast and brightness a bit. How's this? I need to keep practising my editing, I know, but eventually I'll get it right, I promise!!!

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/EGTESkyGod/ThomasCookManchester-2.jpg



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User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 561 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
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Not too far off, apply a tad more sharpness, contrast and noise reduction.

Stefan



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25 Post contains links and images EGTESkyGod : Thank you, Whisperjet... Sharpness to which bits, and how do I go about noise reduction? How's this? [Edited 2009-09-02 15:09:05]
26 Whisperjet : Looks quite ok for me, there are some jaggies visible, so be more careful with sharpening. For the noise reduction you'll have to get a special softwa
27 Post contains links and images EGTESkyGod : Roger and Wilco... I went to play with my new camera this morning for the first time with planes... How's this for a good old Flybe Dash 8 on the mor
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