dl767captain
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Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:34 pm

Ok this is the first time I have really tried to take pictures to post on airliners.net. So honestly this is more for suggestions on how to better my shots in editing or shooting, anything helps
thanks

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02058.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02090.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02118.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02144.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02179.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02183.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02191.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02197.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02203.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02204.jpg
 
dlowwa
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:42 pm

Suggestions, sure...

First off, be careful of your cropping... some of the shots have parts of the aircraft cut off for no good reason.

Second, if you're trying to get your shots on a.net, I'd give up shooting at the long end (200mm+) of the lens you're using. Cheap(er) lenses are notorious for having sharpness fall off the closer to their maximum reach they get, and it looks like yours is no different - most of these shots are really really soft. You'll either need to get closer to the aircraft, or invest in better glass.

Third, your settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc...) seem to be ok for most of the shots, but make sure your aperture stays around that oft-mentioned range of f/8-11. If you venture outside of that range with a cheaper lens, you're asking for poor results.

So to sum up, you could crop a little better, but most of your poor results (for a.net anyway) are mostly likely due to the fact that you're trying to get a cheap lens to perform like a much more expensive one (shooting at the long end, using wide open apertures, etc...).

As for editing, that's not even worth mentioning at this point, as the shots you've posted so far aren't even close enough in quality (for a.net) to warrant trying to edit.

Suggestions:
a) as mentioned above, try to get closer to the action (probably not possible) so that you're not over-extending your lens' capabilities
b) think about getting a better lens
c) be content to keep these and any other shots for yourself, but perhaps not worry about trying to upload them to a.net.

Dana
 
aussie18
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:04 am

As Dana has stated in above post has pretty much sumed everything up regarding the images you posted,
Try your best to centre the aircraft as best as possible when taking the shots,Use a F8-11 range as Dana and others will say as thats the best range,The sun looks abit high with these shots aswell(11am-1pm) where sun is usually above aircraft instead of side one which can effect the quality and create grain issues.
Also Exposure looks abit blown out on a few of them.

Personally the best one out of the lot would be the DAL757 but still lacks alot of quality to make a.net Database.

All you can do is keep trying and practising and eventually if you can upgrade to a better quality lens you should be ready to upload the images to a.net and probably get first one accepted.

Cheers Mark.
 
dl767captain
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:03 am

Thanks for the replies. I have noticed with this lense that when it is extended that far a lot of the definition is lost. Do you guys have some suggestions for lenses?
 
aussie18
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:49 am

Depends on how much you want to pay really.
 
dl767captain
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:05 pm

These two seem to be really nice,

SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G-Series Telephoto Zoom Lens. A guy in the review actually uses this one for aviation photography but it's a little pricey.

SAL-70300G 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G-Series Telephoto Zoom Lens. This one seems really nice as well with some good reviews and is about half the price.
 
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:57 pm

The biggest challenge you are going to face right now is the conditions at SAN this time of year. It's a terrible time for photography at SAN. The angle of the sun, the crappy air quality, visibility and heathaze will all work against you making your attempts more difficult. It appears these were taken sometime mid day when the light is very harsh. Try to stick to late afternoon and evenings.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
dl767captain
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:40 am

Here are a few new ones if you could give some advice, I went later in the day to try and get some better lighting and I think it helped some. I'm getting some weird issues with the UA planes where depending on what program i open them in they are either dark or bright so we will see if it looks okay on here.
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC024041.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC02423.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC024701.jpg

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/hokullani/DSC024741.jpg

Also i haven't done any cropping yet, I want to concentrate more on the picture itself rather than the cropping. Thanks!
 
dlowwa
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:48 am

Yes, the lighting looks better, but until you've done the cropping, it's not really possible to give real feedback on the quality. Either show us the crops you plan on going with, or the full-sized un-cropped shots.
 
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RE: Photo Acceptance- Pre Screening (DL767captain)

Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:15 am

In my personal opinion, Fedex looks the best. Good luck with the editing.  Smile
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