Pick a couple of your best shots and then resubmit; if they don't get through a second time, appeal them. There's a reason the appeal process exists. I'd resubmit your original shot (after some sharpening of the tail), the NWA 757 (work on opening up the shadows and toning down the highlights a little), and maybe appeal the NWA 747 straightaway. There's nothing dark about that shot from where I'm sitting on a properly calibrated screen. The screener may have been using a Mac (different gamma setting) or who knows, had their laptop on battery power or something.
The badmotiv on some of these shots I think are because they're sort of "in between" a nose shot and full body shot. I sort of agree with the screeners about the badmotiv of these... badquality seems arbitrary, though.
I'm not gonna lie to you, though; not all of these photos can be saved. But you've got a few here that I think are as good as or better than many of the photos that have been accepted recently, and maybe you just need a couple of adjustments.
btw, I'm enjoying this thread immensely.
[Edited 2004-10-29 03:10:04]
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