san747
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Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:32 am

After 3 years of learning and trying new techniques and equipment, I just got my first ever pic accepted onto this site:


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...so naturally, I'm feeling a bit more confident now. I decided to upload this pic, which I had been reluctant to before:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/Img_0449.jpg

And I'm just wondering what any of you more experienced, successful photographers/screeners think of it, and how do you fancy it's chances?

Thanks much,
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:37 am

Hi San747.

Congrats on your 1st accepted photo.

Now, with your uploaded picture.

This is what's wrong IMO:

It's too high in the frame.
It's too soft.
It looks like leaning a bit to the right - could do with some Counter-Clockwise rotation.

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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:41 am

First off congratulations on getting your first shot accepted - well done !

Unfortunately I fear the Alaska 737 shot will not be your second acceptance. I feel the shot is a bit soft and that might be fixable but the bottom of the fuselage and the gear is affected by heat haze (not just jet blast at the back) and heat haze usually results in shots being rejected.

I would say this was a case of good attempt but not quite up to standard.

Good luck with more shots in the future.

JA
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san747
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:49 am

OK, thanks, I was just wondering in addition, are any of these following photos upload worthy? Or do any at least have potential?









Thanks again!
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:04 am

I would say that the other 4 shots are all good efforts but do not quite meet the very high standards needed for A.Net acceptance. Depending on what the original unedited shots look like - especially in terms of sharpness it just MIGHT be possible to improve the shots but I am doubtful if they have the required quality.

I hate to ask this - but what type of camera are you using ? If it is a DSLR you may be able to improve the shots but if it is a digital compact (point and shoot) I fear there would be minimal chance of improvement.

All the best,

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san747
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:17 am

My camera is a Canon Powershot S2 IS, 5 MP, 12x zoom, image stabilization, etc etc.

My big problem with a lot of pics (that I managed to overcome once, apparently) is heat haze...

BTW, I took out that Alaska 737 pic from the queue and did a new edit, is this better?

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/Img_0449v3.jpg
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:17 am

Congrats Alex!

A very nice shot of a plane with a very nice livery! I would love to see it myself one day.

PS:The number "1" upload is a big milestone and something that you will always remember (at least I do... it is about a year ago for myself) and I hope there will be plenty more, soon.

Best regards,

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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:31 am

Sadly the only cure for heat haze is to be able to get closer to your subject. (Or move to a cool damp country like the UK  Wink)

As I said before I feel the nose of the Alaska 737 is affected by heat haze and hence the shot is likely to be rejected. This problem can't be fixed by editing.

Unfortunately given the camera you have I doubt that any of the shots you have shown in this thread can be brought up to the required standard. I think you are doing a very good job with the camera you have but it is always going to be difficult to get "action" shots accepted that were taken with a point and shoot especially at the lower end of the MP rating scale.

I would suggest you keep trying with ground shots especially if you can get close enough to eliminate the heat haze. If you have access to any aviation museums or small GA fields where you can get close to static aircraft you should be able to get shots that will be acceptable.

Once again, good luck.

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san747
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:51 am

Quoting Norfolkjohn (Reply 7):
Sadly the only cure for heat haze is to be able to get closer to your subject. (Or move to a cool damp country like the UK )

Well, winter is coming, which means little in Southern California except that it won't be as hot, and hopefully more damp/windy days... And of course the many cool, sunny days which are probably the best for such activities...
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RE: Is Confidence Getting The Best Of Me?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:15 pm

Hello Alex,

Congrats on your first photo acceptance. It's very nice to se another photographer from SAN adding to the db. I've seen your older photos on myav and it's clear that your photography is really improving.

Regards,

Edward

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