I'd like to raise a topic I haven't seen before.
There are many reasons to have a picture rejected, one of them being 'aircraft too far in the distance'.
I think we can all agree.
But shouldn't be there an opposite category as well, being
'picture cropped out too tight' ?
I'd like to illustrate this with two recent photos
Photo © Sam Chui
Photo © Tibor Mester
First of all, no offence to any of the photographers, you both have great work on Anet guys.
But looking at pictures like these give me the following feeling:
1. It's looks like it's an aircraft 'in a box', kind of unnatural.
2. With photos that have a 'motion' like landings, take-off etc. The 'action value' completely dissapears, while I think that an aeroplane in motion needs some space to show that action.
3. If the aircraft is cropped out so tight behind an equally coloured background ( like a blue sky ) it sometimes just looks fake; like it was a copy/paste on a blue key.
Since most of the pictures are cropped out of a far bigger photo, I think there are very easy solutions.
This is another way of asking the question:
If all these awesome Kai Tak and St-Maarten pictures were cropped out so tight, would they still be so popular? I think no, because they lose there action&background value.
I hope I didn't offend anyone, but I'm very interested to have the opion of my fellow photographers, and some comment from the screeners.