I am the proud owner of a Nikon D80 with a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO and a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR. As far as equipment goes, I bellieve that this set should be able to produce pictures that withstand the highly critical (too critical sometimes?????(not meaning to bash)) and all seeing eyes of the screeners.
Convinced that I finally got a winner, last week I uploaded this photo
In CS3, I brought up the levels a bit, used the "Smart Sharpen" function and resized to a width of 1600pix.
This morning I recieved the rejection-mail as I've seen dozens of times.
Eventhough the mail kindly states that "....everyone has their photos rejected from time to time....", it is getting a bit frustrating by now, because I no longer know what to do to get it right.
The picture was rejected because of "Blemishes" and "Too much grain or digital noise".
I really don't see it!
So I would much appreciate it if you people could explain to me what's wrong with this photo and how I can improve it in the future.
Just to be clear, this post is in no way meant to question or critisize the A.net screeners, I just want to learn and become a part of the frequent uploading A.net photographers.