I've found that when I try to push the "Mother Nature" conditions things usually don't stack up well for me. I really wanted to get a shot of the new Airborne Express/DHL 767 flight into Hartford/Bradley Field last week and got up quite early to do so - FBOWeb called for its arrival at around 7:30 a.m., which would have been perfect light. It was a crystal-clear morning, couldn't ask for better photography weather. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, but was shocked to hear the ABX
flight being cleared to land at about 6:50 a.m. Ordinarily it would have been no big deal since I was prepared, but the sun had other ideas - it was barely above the horizon at that hour.
The resulting set of images of the 767 were, not surprisingly, quite dark and I had to raise the brightness/contrast significantly in Photoshop to get a result that looked about right to me. I have no idea what other bad results doing that can do to an image, though. Long story short, my submitted image was rejected for "NOA
_Quality", the proverbial kiss of death. Is there any hope for this one? The color is very reddish due to the sunrise, but I kind of like that effect. The image seems sharp enough to my eye, and I don't think I'd want it any brighter. There is a rather nasty shadow on the forward part of the fuselage that may be the culprit - if so, this image is toast for this site, I guess, as every one of the 8 or so shots I took in the sequence has the same shadow. What do you think?