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Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:40 am

Haven't pre-screened anything in awhile, but figured I'd throw this one up. Highest ISO shot I've taken that came out reasonably well....ISO2000 at 1/40 and F4. I doubt it has the quality for here, but may as well ask:

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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:51 am

There's a bit of noise, but the bigger problem is it's just a little too soft/blurry. Sorry Vik.
 
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:04 am

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 1):
There's a bit of noise, but the bigger problem is it's just a little too soft/blurry. Sorry Vik.

No prob, that's more-or-less what I figured. Thanks.
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:53 am

Another for pre-screening. It looks a bit low in the frame to me, but unfortunately that's almost the whole frame, so I don't really have any room to move it down. Also, any other glaring issues? Thanks.

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Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:06 am

It is a bit low, but you might get away with it. No other major issues I can see.
 
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:16 am

Couple more for pre-screening. Bit out of practice editing-wise, but also not sure about the motive on these:



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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:40 pm

Both are a bit dark, and I'm not a fan of those half-crops, but couldn't say for certain what the outcome for motive would be.
 
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:46 pm

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 6):
Both are a bit dark, and I'm not a fan of those half-crops, but couldn't say for certain what the outcome for motive would be.

Thanks Dana. I'm not a huge fan of the crops either, but I was trying out a 300mm prime, so these were from that session.  
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:25 pm

Some others for post-screening. I haven't been reducing color casts as much as I used to, cause sometimes there's just beautiful evening light that I don't feel like diluting. But of course, that resulted in a few color rejections. Like I said earlier, I'm a bit out of practice:

Too red and common:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20121109_y1351666058.0296img_8081cs510-10-12.jpg

Too red:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20121109_x1351666521.3609img_8044cs510-10-12.jpg

Too yellow and low in frame:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20121109_c1351666957.5572img_7982.jpg

But then this one got accepted:


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Slightly confused.  

Thanks for the help, and for the screener comments on the rejections.
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:09 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 8):
Too red and common:
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 8):
Too red:

Seems rather picky to me. It's a shame that the screener didn't appreciate the great natural red sunset light. I hate toning down the great colours which usually kills the image.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
Too yellow and low in frame:

Yes, too low - maybe now you'll start to see my way of centering things!  

Equalise the distance between the top of the image and the top part of the plane with the bottom of the image and the bottom most part of the engine. If you look at the picture right now, you can see the whole area above the plane which is basically wasted space; and the watermark can ride clear of the plane. Think about it as if you put another watermark at the bottom - then you should clearly see the 'gap' of deadspace.

Possibly see a bit of light into the yellow cast.. But that's easy to fix too.


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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:33 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 9):
Yes, too low - maybe now you'll start to see my way of centering things!

Let's not get carried away here.... 

I actually don't have a problem with the centering rejection. I took a bunch of shots like that, and had trouble centering every single one of them (not to mention, I didn't have a lot of spare room to play with centering in some of them). I tried putting it higher in the frame at first, but that didn't look right to me either. Probably just due to a lack of experience with shots like that. I certainly see what you're saying.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 9):
I hate toning down the great colours which usually kills the image.

Me too. As time goes on, I've done less and less color-balancing on my uploads here. Part of that is getting better at correctly white balancing the first time, and part of that is less willingness to tone it down, as you say. Since I shoot a lot at sunset, it can be a recipe for color rejections.  
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:23 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 10):
not to mention, I didn't have a lot of spare room to play with centering in some of them

Fair enough. For a guideline, I use the AF dots inside the viewfinder to help me level and center the image. You generally have long enough at Imperial Hill to be able to line the plane up nicely within the viewfinder so you can crop accordingly. That may help you to center the image so you have some leeway when cropping to size.
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RE: Pre-Screening (vikkyvik)

Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:43 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Fair enough. For a guideline, I use the AF dots inside the viewfinder to help me level and center the image. You generally have long enough at Imperial Hill to be able to line the plane up nicely within the viewfinder so you can crop accordingly. That may help you to center the image so you have some leeway when cropping to size.

Oh, absolutely. And with a zoom lens, it's not a problem at all, since I have the option of leaving a bit of room to center/crop. But I was trying out a 300mm prime, so didn't have that option. And I'm not used to shooting at 300mm, so my brain was a bit overloaded.  
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