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Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Sun May 17, 2009 5:49 pm

Hi, people!

I recently had this photograph rejected for QUALITY, CENTERED and GRAINY...
My monitor has been calibrated and I cannot see the flaws in the picture...

The picture was taken with an EOS 50D and a Canon 100-400mm (micro-adjusted at +7 for 380mm) set @ 380mm at a distance of between 175 and 200 meters...
(This means looking at an aircraft with a 15x enlarging pair of binoculars - to give you an idea... 380mm x 1.6 crop factor for the camera...)

Any hints on improving the picture and attempting a re-upload..? If CENTERED also refers to the vertical (since the horizontal issue is less than 1.5 mm) - should I try and think up some extra grass (since it's not in the real picture..) by means of manipulating the photo..!? That's not the way I see photography; I want to stay as close to the actual original as possible...

GRAINY - I gave it a first subtle pass in NeatImage and when it was resized to 1200 pixels wide I gave it a subtle pass in Adobe Lightroom after which I sharpened the picture in DPP (Canon's Digital Photo Professional)... This is my usual workflow - developed in about four years since arriving here at Airliners.Net... After the Screeners told me I had my workflow quite right now, I haven't changed this winning horse - but have lost every other race (read: ALL of my photographs were REJECTED..! Rather frustrating - but I don't tend to give up - I could use some HELP there, please..!)

Since I haven't been granted more than 2 uploads at a time, you can imagine that the learning curve is very slow indeed..! Any tiny change to my picture that I send in will take about three weeks... ANY THOUGHTS..?

http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/...910833.7783dpp_may-2009-0025-2.jpg

With kind regards,

Piet (Pete63)
 
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Sun May 17, 2009 6:10 pm

Quoting Pete63 (Thread starter):
This means looking at an aircraft with a 15x enlarging pair of binoculars - to give you an idea... 380mm x 1.6 crop factor for the camera...)

No, it does not. Crop factor gives apparent magnification, not real magnification.

The shot is grainy and the aircraft is too low in the frame.

[Edited 2009-05-17 11:12:31]

[Edited 2009-05-17 11:12:58]
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Sun May 17, 2009 8:34 pm

Hi Piet,

I think the biggest problem in your picture is the heat haze, which will not be correctable.
I would suspect the grain comes from sharpening the complete picture with a too wide pixel radius - next time try a much smaller one and mask the sky out.
It might be interesting for you to have a closer look at these guides we have online:
http://www.airliners.net/faq/editing_guide.php
http://www.airliners.net/faq/rejection_reasons.php

Hope it helps  Smile
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Sun May 17, 2009 9:23 pm

Thanks, Acontador - I will have a look at those...
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Sun May 17, 2009 10:21 pm

It is also better to reduce noise before sharpening, otherwise you sharpen the noise.
 
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:01 am

Thanks Ruud - I'll update my workflow..!
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:15 am

Pete63,

I'm a 50D user and you shouldn't be getting that much noise under those conditions! What ISO were you using? At 100/200, there's virtually no noise at all so you must have been using ISO 400 +? Even then, noise is still well controlled and I regularly use up to 800 with minimal noise reduction in Photoshop. Was the shot heavily cropped? Just seems strange you've got so much noise.

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:12 pm

Dazbo5,

Thanks for your response - indeed there should be no noise at 200 ISO at which the photograph was taken (1/1000 sec f 8) at 380mm - the point of my 100-400 at which I had the lens calibrated with the micro-adjust feature...

I can't see the noise, but that must be my monitor then I suppose... The shot was not heavily cropped, so that can't be it...

I must have been doing something unforgivenly wrong in my workflow - so I went along with Ruudb's advice to reconsider the moment of noise reduction... On a Canon Forum I read that DPP has been updated and that for my EOS 50D new firmware deals better with the RAW files in conjunction with noise - and I must say it's a vast improvement..! I downloaded and installed Firmware 1.0.6 and have tried out lots of ISO-settings and am very pleased with the results - even at 1600 and 3200 ISO..!

The photograph has been through the new workflow and (at least on my monitor) there is an improvement as far as I can see... It still remains a photograph taken with the old firmware, but the newest version of DPP deals rather well with it..!

I have no means of showing you the photograph via a website, so I decided to upload it again for screening... It can be found here:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/b...42672736.4625dpp_may-2009-0175.jpg

Could you please have a look at it again and say if I missed out on something..?

Anyway, for now - thanks for all your help..! Much appreciated..!
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Mon May 18, 2009 7:20 pm



Quoting Pete63 (Reply 7):
Could you please have a look at it again and say if I missed out on something..?

Yes, my post  Confused
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:28 pm



Quoting Acontador (Reply 8):
Quoting Pete63 (Reply 7):
Could you please have a look at it again and say if I missed out on something..?

Yes, my post
But don't worry, will not bother again...

I imagine this is why screeners chime in less these days... A screener gave you his opinion and you ignored it.

To comment on your new edit, it still has no chance for the database, but if you are looking for comments on the noise issue, yes it does look better.
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:31 pm

Acontador,

A double thanks to you again - I'm sorry I forgot to credit you again in my last message...
Shame on me - By the way, I'm doing my best - but I don't have all the software that the articles you mentioned are referring to, so I'll be looking at alternatives and as soon as I have my hands on the right software, I hope I can raise the acceptance rate...

Thanks again..!

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:35 pm

Piet you didn't read the most important thing, you cannot get rid of the heathaze.
 
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Mon May 18, 2009 7:39 pm

Silver1SWA,

I don't wish to be impolite and I think I am not... You state that I am ignoring a Screener's opinion, but I honestly do not..! Far from that; I am reading all these pages over and over, I've updated all of my photo-software, but I simply haven't got all of the software referred to, so I will have to try the alternatives...

I'm seriously doing my best and am willing to learn...

Well, thanks anyway,

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Tue May 19, 2009 3:08 am



Quoting Pete63 (Reply 12):
I'm seriously doing my best and am willing to learn...

Something that will save you a load of time, headaches, and frustration in uploading here; recognize the few factors that no amount of programs or editing can help.
1) Blurry
2) Heat haze
3) Massive exposure problems.
4) Poor framing

These problems all happen before the file even gets to PS or whatever program you are using.

In this shot you can see the heat haze pouring of the runway.

I'm sure everyone has lost a great shot to heat haze, so don't take it to badly.

Cheers,

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Post- Screening F-16 (Pete63)

Tue May 19, 2009 6:53 am



Quoting LOCsta (Reply 13):
Something that will save you a load of time, headaches, and frustration in uploading here; recognize the few factors that no amount of programs or editing can help.
1) Blurry
2) Heat haze
3) Massive exposure problems.
4) Poor framing

These problems all happen before the file even gets to PS or whatever program you are using.

Bingo!!!! Every photographer should REMEMBER THIS!

Get the shot correct when you take it - the right colour temperature, the right composition, the right exposure, the right shutter speed, the right focus!

Post-processing is for minor adjustment. It should only take a few minutes.

Above all, if there is heat haze, put the camera away and just enjoy the view.
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