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:
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.