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Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:38 pm

I happened to have my camera as this C130 was doing some low passes over the runway at Davis-Montham AFB in Tucson AZ. I am experimenting with some exposures, speeds and zoom settings, trying to work out some issues I've had in earlier photos, and using some advice I've gotten here in the past. So, how are these?

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Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:16 pm

Both are blurry/soft, the second one also has some dust spots/other stains.
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Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:16 pm

Seems like a tighter crop on both would be in order.
 
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:35 pm

Worked with sharpening, cropped tighter, and used healing tool for the dust spots. Any better?
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Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:13 am

The second one seems blurry on the nose to me.. Im not sure maybe its the weird windows.
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:55 pm

Hi MHO,

Both are too blurry, no need to continue waisting your time trying to edit those for A.net. You need to start trying to detect blurriness in your pictures, which is different to softness. Blurry pictures very seldom can be edited into an acceptable quality, and in my case, I always delete them right away!
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RE: Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:13 pm

Acontador,
Thanks for the criticism. Is it that the props are too blurry, or the nose also? I guess I should use a faster shutter speed. Here is one taken at 1/800 sec. It seems sharper, to my eyes, anyway.

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:13 am

Hi MHO,

It also looks blurry and veeeeery soft, and it has not to do with your shutterspeed - I usually shoot props with 1/100 sec or less. What is your lens-camera combo? Maybe it's rather your lens becoming very soft wide open/on the long end, what was the aperture on these shots?
Btw, the high sun in your pics doesn't help either, try to go out for shooting either early morning or late afternoon, and the sun will become your best friend instead of your worst enemy  Wink !
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Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:21 am

Well, this was a target of opportunity, so the sun was out of my control. I am using a SONY alpha350 with a Sigma DG 70-300 zoom lens. The last photo was done at f/7.1, 1/800 shutter speed, and 210 mm.

I must admit it's getting a little frustrating. They look OK when I first examine the images, but after getting the comments and looking again, I see the softness, etc. Back into the field, I guess.

Thanks for your help.

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RE: Photo Acceptance - Pre-Screening (MHO)

Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:06 am

OK, so it turns out I've been rather timid in sharpening, as I was afraid to over-sharpen. Here is a different picture, same airplane, with more aggressive sharpening:
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