Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1051 times:
Regarding the colour of the sky, that's Brussels... It's blue if you look up, but just over the horizon it gets this funny ugly greyish colour.
What settings do you use when you sharpen and save the image?
Turbotrent From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 152 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 965 times:
when I looked at your picture I instantly thought about my pictures. They had also a grey sky, although it was a beautifull day with no cloud in sight. I have solved it by using a slower shutter speed. I don't know if thats the problem with your pictures, but it did the trick for me. I hope you can solve it.
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Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 934 times:
Frederic, as I said, it's the pollution and haze in the sky that gives it that colour. Next time there is a blue sky and you are near the airport, look just above the horizon (the part that would be in a photo), and you'll see that it isn't blue, rather grey, brown or whatever... If you want blue sky as a backdrop, go when there has been a strong wind or has rained for a few days, that usually clears it up.
Vez From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 919 times:
As for the color of the sky, as someone already mentionned, it is clear when you look up, but not when you look toward the horizon. We can see a lot of atmospheric perspective ( that is, the humidity, pollution and everything) between you and the background (the buildings). That atmospheric perspective, which is gray in a polluted city, is much more deep in the area just above the horizon, because it extends way further, so it gives a grey sky such as this. You have to shoot on a very very very clear day not to see it in a city.
But for the grain, your problem seem to come, in my point of view, from a contrast too high. You lose all the detail in the dark (for example the fan of the engine) and clear (the white part of the plane's fuselage) parts of the picture. You probably had way more detail in these areas on the original picure, straight out of the camera. If not, the camera itself shoots with too much contrast. You could probably set it to a lower value.
(Sometimes, the light of the day gives too much contrast that the dynamic range of the film (or in this case the ccd) cannot fully render. I don't believe though that we can account for such a high contrast only caused by the type of light you had. Usually, days that give such high contrasts don't have as much atmospheric perspective as you have on your picture.)
When you add more contrast to the entire picture (eith an image editing software), it most of the times results in a granier picture, because you increase the contrast between the "grains" and their surroundings, hence you see them more. So my advice would be to try different contrast values. If you have Photoshop, work with the curves in an adjustment layer, so you can always change the settings.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 883 times:
You know, its not just you guys in Brussels. I am in the united states, NOT in a big city, but in the southeast, and our summer sky is frequently a "milky-white" even though its a nice day. They say that its the pollution from factories up on the Ohio River that follows the air currents for 400-500 miles to the south and east. it tends to be worse in the summer than winter.
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FUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 872 times:
just select the sky and apply some blur. If you sharpen areas which tend to look grainy (skys, dark parts) you will increase the grain and make your shot look worse. I select the sky, apply some blur, then invert the selection and sharpen the other parts. I have never had problems with that method.
Airhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 749 times:
I am also using the C-2100 from olympus.I'm still a beginner but I do seem to be having some luck with it.I use it on P mode,SHQ and ISO set to auto.If you change the default settings,make sure you turn off the auto reset or they will go back to default as soon as you turn off the camera.As far as enhancing,I use Photomax Pro.I just resample them to size 1040 X xxx.Then go to sharpen tool and click sharpen lightly.Thats all I do.Go to search and look for "Scott Hoggard".All my photos except the F-101 were taken with the C-2100.
FUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 727 times:
to avoid a "bad compression" rejection you should save your shots as a .jpg with the highest possible quality. You should get a filesize of about 500-600 Kb.
Your "low quality" rejection is also caused by too much compression, but the slide/negative itself might be a little unsharp. Look at the orange parts of the tail and winglets. I would also crop it a little tighter.