COAMiG29
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Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:53 pm

I took a pic of a erj145 today, it was with continental express. the plane was made in 2005 and is not in the a.net db. the picture turned out good but i took it at sunset so the lighting is a bit odd, i think it is original due to the way it is lit but prb not for anet. To any screeners, i have the picture posted on www.mfpltd.com if you can help me in any way please let me know as it would be greatly appreciated. thanks for all your time

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andrewuber
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:00 pm

Matt -

I was going to take a crack at processing the photo, but it's way too wide. Do you have an original "uncropped" image we can start with?

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COAMiG29
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:07 pm

yes, it is a nef though can you process those?

if so please give me your email and ill be glad to send it
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COAMiG29
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:12 pm

nevermind that last post, i have it in jpeg also, ill send it to you if you can give me your email

thanks for your help
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:39 pm

Okay, here we go!

1. Recropped using the same ratio as the original pic. The image is centered as in there is the same amount of space above and below the aircraft in the frame.

2. COLOR CAST. The sky was GREEN in the original, I used the Color Cast tool in PhotoShop to fix this.

3. UnSharp Mask - I enhanced the focus of the shot by using two passes of USM, then I used the sharpen tool to do some selective sharpening where needed (the wing for example). This will prevent jaggies from overtaking the image.

4. Saturation - I cranked up the saturation a bit to bring out the color.

5. Brightness / Contrast - I kicked both up a little bit, giving it a bright, clear look.

6. Saved as 1024 wide - this is the easiest size to get accepted on airliners.net. I used zero compression so the file size would be as large as possible (but stayed under the 1mb limit).

7. I gave it a UNIQUE filename. I'm not sure if you have shots on a.net or not, but believe me - you MUST make your filenames different from the rest. Start with your name, location, tail #, and even a series number (if you shot more than one pic of that aircraft). This way you'll NEVER have problems with someone else using that same filename (such as "erj.jpg").

The end result:
http://drew.charliej.net/albums/userpics/10002/MATT_DAL_CO_ERJ_N11184_01.jpg

Probably still not PERFECT, but it's a start. Can any screeners give us a word on whether this is a technically acceptable shot? I certainly think it's got a chance.

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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:57 pm

Drew, Thanks so much if there's anything I can do for you let me know, oh almost forgot to tell you, WELCOME TO MY RESPECTED USERS LIST!!

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DLKAPA
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:08 pm

Taking a gander:

http://rockymountainavphotos.com/Eric/image_assistance/DSC_0040.jpg
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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:18 am

Eric -

That one you posted still looks a bit ... how do I say this . . . rinsed in used lav fluid?  vomit 

It appears to still have a green tone in the sky with a yellow tone on the aircraft. Doesn't look very natural to me (I know the sky can do weird things, but blue is best IMHO).

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RE: Help Please, Have A Pic From Dal, Need Advice

Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:20 am

Yeah, I was playing around a little bit with the blue curve trying to bring out that bright sort of deep blue pop in the tail section, while at the same time trying to preserve the deep oranges of the sunset... looks like I still need some time getting used to the curves.
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