I've been trying to upload pictures to this site since about August without much success. That's okay, since I'm pretty new to this, and I know that it's very hard to get pictures accepted. At first, I couldn't get anything past the screeners, because some of the stuff I initially tried to upload was pretty bad. I started picking up tips from this forum, and I started to get a little bit better with each roll of film, and I started to get things past the first screening, which to me at the time was seen as a minor victory in itself. Those pictures were not accepted, but I felt that I was making progress. I had 16 photos waiting in the queue that had passed the first screening, and they had been sitting there for some time. I was a realist, and knew that I wouldn't get them all accepted, but I was also hoping that maybe, just maybe, one or two would get accepted. Well, I finally got the E-mail from Johan on Monday: all 16 were rejected.
I would really like some feedback on theses photos. There are a lot of really talented photographers that read this forum, and I could use some of your expertise. Below are the links to rejected photos:
That's thirteen. There were three that I can clearly see why they were rejected, so I didn't bother posting the links here. All pictures were taken with a point & shoot pocket camera, which I know is not optimal equipment, but it's all I have right now. All of the pictures with the exception of the three full-body shots of the DC-3 were shot with Fuji 100 film. The other three were taken with Kodak Gold 200. Most were pulled from a photo CD, and some were scanned. All were edited using Adobe Photoshop Elements.
I'm not going to say that these are the best pictures in the world, but I think that they're pretty good given the equipment that I'm using. There are several of them that I personally really like, such as the Voodoo picture, the Marine helicopter, and the A4 pictures. Some of these I thought really had a legitimate shot of making it here. That's why I decided to ask for help, and get some feedback so I can guage my progress as a photographer. I've asked for feedback before one one or two shots in the past, but now here is a representative sample.
Are they good?
Are they bad?
Are they good, but not up to A.net standards?
Are they somewhere in between?
Do any of them have a chance to be accepted with a little work?
Do I have potential?
I ask because after having 16 shots kicked back, I really don't know.
I know that I will eventually have to get an SLR. I'm working on that. My dad actually gave me one of his old ones when I was visiting for the holidays, but something happened with the shutter, and they had to take it to the shop. If they can fix it, my dad will ship it to me. If not, I'm going to see about getting a good used one because I can't afford a brand new one right now. I have a roll of film I took at March Air Force Base with the SLR before it broke. I'm going to see what I can do with those images. But I've hit a wall right now with uploading pictures to Airliners.net. I could really use some help. I also want to say that I have enjoyed reading some of the discussion threads on this forum, and that I've been able to pick up some things that have been really helpful. I also enjoy the work that many of you contribute to this site.