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Is This Sharp?

Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:41 pm


One of my common problems is that my photos come out soft. So, I'm working at it. I'd like to know if the hive mind considers this photo sharp:

I'm not planning on submitting it since it falls short in other areas like motive and it's a bit on the overexposed side. Which may affect the sharpness judgement.

But, is this the level of sharpness the screeners are looking for?

Thank you for your time and responses.
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:54 pm

I'd say it's almost ' sharp'. The windows looks a little soft (partly due to the over-exposure you mentioned), and the cockpit area too, but certainly not terribly so. This one's actually not too far off from submission, in my opinion. Motive problem with the fence, yes, but that's not necessarily a killer. There are plenty of shots in the database with fencing in the bottom of the frame. And seeing as how you identified it as a little over-exposed, I'd say you're getting your editing skills honed pretty quickly.

If you're not going to submit this one, I'd say you should be ready by the next one. Good luck,

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RE: Is This Sharp?

Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:16 am

Thanks Dana, I appreciate it.

My next try might be tomorrow. I'm going to try and leave work early to catch the FedEx and UPS heavies. My wife will be visiting her parents into the evening so I'll have some editing time. If I don't get off work early I'll be trying again this weekend.

And you get a lot of thanks for me "getting it".
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:46 am

I second Dana's thoughts aswell,Moive is fine for fencing since it doesnt obstruct the aircraft,Exposure is abit blown out but sharpness is quite good except the nose area where its quite soft but some select sharpening would fix it up.

Cheers Mark.
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:51 am

I think it is the over-exposure which hurts this image, the sharpness appears to be okay.

The windows to me also appear soft, but fixing the exposure should deal with that. Shouldn't be any big motive problem, the aircraft is in full view, the fence doesn't really distract the eye.
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:11 pm

Looks good enough to me.
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:06 pm

I think you could gain some more sharpness in this picture by duplicating the layer of the image, filter that copy with highpass filter (2-5px) and then blend it with soft light onto the original image. That should give you the extra sharpness you need.

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RE: Is This Sharp?

Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:05 am

Thanks Dennis, I just learned that technique after reading The Photoshop Elements 6 book. It's something I'm going to b trying in the near future.
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RE: Is This Sharp?

Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:22 am

No problem, just give it a try. If you encounter some problems or need some advice using this technique, feel free to write me  Wink

Highpass filtering is pretty good for sharpening as it prevents the image from getting "pixelised" at high contrast lines and it can even give you the ability "rescue" pictures which are slightly out of focus.

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