Recently I had the pleasure to take aviation photography at LAS (Vegas).
First batch of aircraft uploaded was accepted without a hitch.
Unfortunately 3 days later my second batch of pictures was rejected completely (8 photos in a row now). I realize rejections are part of the game, but this is out of the ordinary, since the quality of photos was within my usual work (my normal acceptance ratio is in the +80% range). I'm suspecting that there is a particular screener that might be behind this. I will provide links to some of the rejected photos for comment:
I have examined the original photo and I can distinctly see individual rivets and even small writing on the fuselage of the aircraft...that wouldn't be possible if the photo was Blurry or Soft. When resizing in PS, how is it possible to preserve this kind of detail?
BLURRY, GRAINY, SOFT
Once again, complaint about Blurry/Soft on the AC. What really surprised me is "Grainy" on the sky. Part of my fixing procedure is to apply a bit of Smart Blur to sky areas...(this reduces the filesize and evens out colour). Therefore grainy is really not a possiblity.
These two were rejected for COLOUR.
A note was included with the rejection that mentioned Saturation. I have examined many other SW airlines photos and I don't see the difference between my photos or any other photos of similar aircraft. The fact that I got to capture such vivid liveries shouldn't be punished by rejections. These 2 aircraft were 1st entries as well.
I have also spent considerable amount on a quality LCD monitor and a Colour calibration system just to prevent such discrepancies in colour.
If you could provide some constructive comments, so I can improve my acceptances from LAS, I would greatly appreciate it.