McG1967
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Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:18 pm

Still trying to get my first pic accepted. Had this one rejected for quality. Could do with some tips on how to improve it and in what areas it lacks.
The day this pic was taken, the cloud base was less than 500ft.

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20060724_GP2.jpg
 
Kukkudrill
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:39 pm

Mark

The photo is grainy and oversharpened, and at the same time the aircraft does not look to me like it is in 100% sharp focus. The jaggies from oversharpening are particularly visible along the lines of the flaps and the upper outline of the nosecone. What camera and editing software are you using?

Charles
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McG1967
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:11 am

Charles,

Canon EOS350D & Adobe Photoshop. I am a relative newbie at using PS, so tend to make mistakes with it.
 
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:17 am

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 1):
The photo is grainy and oversharpened, and at the same time the aircraft does not look to me like it is in 100% sharp focus

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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:54 am

Quoting McG1967 (Reply 2):
Canon EOS350D & Adobe Photoshop.

You must have been shooting at a high ISO. If you have to go beyond 200, it means you will have a hard time editing photos up to a.net standard due to the grain.

Quick tip: before you start work on a photo, scrutinise it at full size. If you see blur or heat distortion, then chances are you won't be able to rescue it even when resized to 1024 pixels width. Trying to will only result in oversharpening.
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McG1967
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:01 am

Thanks guys - I checked the EXIF data, ISO was 200. I think a lot of the grain is to do with the weather when the pic was taken - mist and low cloud base.

I also have this pic in the queue at present -

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/ZE368.jpg

Does it stand a chance of getting past screening. ( I labelled it as night - taken at 21:25 )
 
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:06 pm

Mark,

The seaking is borderline - looks a little soft / blurry around the nose (and lettering), still a little grainy in the sky, and the chopped off tail rotor could lead to a motive rejection (you can move the subject a little to the left, then it would be centred as well). Also, even though it was shot at 21:25 - the light is good (it doesn't look like a night shot to anyone else!) so you'd most likely get a category rejection too.

Overall on quality it's not too far off the mark, you may be able to go back to the original and re-work.

Cheers
Paul
 
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:12 pm

As Paul has said, you almost nailed it with the Seaking. I agree with all of his detailed comments.
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McG1967
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:13 pm

Thanks Paul. I can't do anything about the rotor - it was cut off when I took the pic. I think the grainy sky is being introduced by my sharpening technique.
 
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RE: Quality Rejection - Advice Sought

Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:18 pm

Quoting McG1967 (Reply 8):
I can't do anything about the rotor - it was cut off when I took the pic

In that case, I would pull the shot from the queue.

You risk a 'motiv' rejection.

In any event the angle is quite unflattering - and helicopters need all the flattery they can get ...
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