locsta
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Any Of These Shots Interesting And/or Unique?

Sat Sep 16, 2006 5:29 am

Greetings all!

I was curious to get some feed back on some shots I took. It is unfortunate that I really had no idea what I was doing technically, and there for the quality has suffered. However, I checked the DB and did not see any similar so I wanted to share them and get some help with a proper CS2 editing work flow to make them as nice as possible. Because I am new to photography, (but not to web forums  ), I did a couple searches for CS2, Photoshop, editing tips, and work flows, but didn't have much success.


Blue Angels at Seafair '06


MIG-29 flight at MAKS '05

I only have large JPEG's and not RAW, but if anyone was interested in the originals let me know. It would be great to see an example of the proper editing techniques.  

1 last question....Is there a cue or screening process for "myaviation", because I uploaded about 6 photos yesterday and only 3 showed up?

Thanks again!

Kevin

[Edited 2006-09-15 22:45:45]
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FlightShadow
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RE: Any Of These Shots Interesting And/or Unique?

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:32 am

The reason you don't see any in the database is because those are all automatic rejections. In the blue angels photos the aircraft is too far away, that overview really doesn't show much, the clouds are, well, just clouds with a funky rainbow thing, and the instrument panel is very dark on one half and overexposed on the other. Sorry if that sounds harsh - but that's the way things work around here.

Here's my CS2 workflow - if I had a better camera, it would produce more pictures on here. It's fairly simple and quick, which I like.

1. Level the photo using the "measure" tool (right click on the eyedropper, select the ruler, then draw along a straight reference line, go to "Image>Rotate" and the values will already be set for you).

2. Auto Levels

3. Crop/resize (I like 1000x667 px)

4. Selective sharpening using the magic wand

5. Save at top quality (12).

It works for me  Smile
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locsta
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RE: Any Of These Shots Interesting And/or Unique?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:17 am

so it is better to re-size before sharpening, and other editing?

In regards to the pics. I have seen shots in the DB where the A/C is a small silhouette. I thought quality was the major issue with the Blue Angle shots, and the Seattle skyline and I-90 bridge was a nice backdrop.
Would these shots be better? (again quality excluded  Sad)


Any suggestions for taking a wide angle shot w/o losing the motiv?

The other shots shows what a pilot sees from the runway at MAKS and the gauges of a MIG-29 at Mach1, but I was more excited about the moment than trying to get a good pic  Wink More for the personal album I guess.

Being new to all this, it is a bit intimidating and I am just trying to get a descent foundation early on. Any replies and/or suggestions are appreciated.

thanks,

Kevin
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FlightShadow
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RE: Any Of These Shots Interesting And/or Unique?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:27 am

Quoting LOCsta (Reply 2):
The other shots shows what a pilot sees from the runway at MAKS and the gauges of a MIG-29 at Mach1, but I was more excited about the moment than trying to get a good pic Wink More for the personal album I guess.

Haha, this is what this site does to you...I didn't even notice that the mach guage was at 1, I saw the big shadow and said "no."

Are you a Mig 29 pilot or do you just have really sweet connections? WOW  eyepopping 

It is by no means impossible but is kinda hard to get wide angle shots accepted, usually the screeners like the focus to be on the aircraft. There are, however, a few exceptions, like this one, but they are hard to come by.


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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt



On those other 3 shots - the middle one, with a bit of a tighter crop, if the quality was there, might have a chance.

Again I hope I don't sound mean or harsh. It's just how it is here. Just look at my acceptance rating  duck  (very low...haha)
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