Whoops, forgot the brackets, thanks Andrew!
, you flatter me! Honestly, I don't think the quality of my shot is anywhere NEAR most of the shots uploaded these days. But sometimes I wonder what exactly is going on in the screening process, such as this photo that got rejected a few weeks ago:
Seeing as that is not only the only photo (save another one of mine) of that aircraft in operation with the Raiders logo on it, but also the last picture of that aircraft in operation, I thought it would get accepted on the rarity basis despite the fact that my camera was malfunctioning and producing poor shots (since fixed by Olympus). After a rejection and unsuccessful appeal, I gave up. What does it take to have a shot accepted based on how rare it is? While the A320 shot definately isn't all *that* rare, I think it's at least a bit better in quality then the above HAL shot, and many of the other pics on the database based on rarity.
Serge, believe it or not, both of my night shots were from the shorter garage. I just zoomed in a bit more for the Embraer shot. I've found there are two ways to get on the taller parking garage -- pay for a day's parking and don't take the shuttle, or maybe renting a Corvette from RentAVette (below the parking garage) and asking for a trip up top after cutting the check... I'll be waiting until I know I can grab some good shots before dumping $16 for the parking or several hundred for the vette rental
As for the fringing, I can see some faint fringing in the backround (on some of the trees), but honestly don't think it's bad enough to spend the time and risk of correcting it. Care to point out some more obvious spots that I'm missing, or do you think the backround stuff is important enough to correct, or more importantly, significant enough to have caused the rejection?
The jaggies, oh yes the jaggies. Other than in-camera sharpening set to normal (which does a good job of sharpening the image w/o sharpening then oise) and a single 500%/0.2rad/0.0thresh USM
pass in Photoshop, I didn't do anything more... could jaggies be brought out with such easy sharpening? Should I start from scratch and forget the USM
, or maybe swap in a High-Pass instead? I remember when I was working on this photo, I was trying to find the line between too soft and too many jaggies, and this one (in my mind) hit a good middle ground, showing good sharpness with no terribly obvious jaggies. In fact, I have to zoom in to 200% on the computer for my young eyes to see the "stairways to rejection". Do I have to settle for soft to keep smooth, until I can afford L glass for a DSLR?
Keep it coming, guys/gals! Thanks already!