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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: New Photographer Question
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: New Photographer Question

The best thing you can do to get a feel of what this site requires is to have a look through the first couple of pages of images, via the search function. There's no point in sugar coating it: your image is a long way off the standard required here and it's important to understand what's acceptable ...

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Filming faces onboard a commercial airline flight
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: Filming faces onboard a commercial airline flight

Assuming US law is similar to UK law, you need some sort of press-pass (i.e. prior permission) and public liability insurance to film (or photograph) for commercial purposes on private property. Technically. Now the grey area is how your work is classed... and only you know that. To be honest, unles...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?
Replies: 59
Views: 4051

Re: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?

The whole thing is just sad - I'm very glad not to be a part of it. The whole bitchy competitiveness and the rude manner of some people especially in their remarks about the photos taken by other people is very disappointing. This is, unfortunately, the way the hobby in general seems to be going. A...

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by JakTrax
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Prescreening WingsFan
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Pre-Prescreening WingsFan

To my eye the DC-3 has a yellow/green cast.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NordStar's Etihad-style new livery
Replies: 15
Views: 4598

Re: NordStar's Etihad-style new livery

Crikey! Air Italy's colours in Etihad's livery! I'm surprised they have gotten away with this (although there's time for Etihad to make a complaint).

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening feedback Rpd14
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: Pre-Screening feedback Rpd14

Doesn't look underexposed to me but a touch of brightness wouldn't hurt; it does look a little flat but that's likely the milky light.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?
Replies: 59
Views: 4051

Re: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?

Good points, solro, and somewhat relevant. There's a big difference between a good PHOTO and a good IMAGE — in my mind the PHOTO is what comes out of the camera, and if it requires very little editing it can be described as a GOOD PHOTO. The IMAGE is what that photo looks like after editing, and the...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?
Replies: 59
Views: 4051

Re: Blatant hit pumping - how can it be stopped?

For me this is a non-issue as how others promote their images — and whether they cheat or not — is of no concern to me. They aren't hurting anyone. But as I've said in other threads, the direction in which aviation photography is moving is not, in my opinion, a good one. I see fractures in the commu...

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by JakTrax
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 233
Views: 47338

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I think there are five TUI 7M8s parked in that area.

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by JakTrax
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

I still use Elements 5, from 2006. It's more than adequate.

Unless you're doing really low-light stuff or otherwise pushing boundaries you'll not need anything more than version 5.

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by JakTrax
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: IST (Ataturk) airport - worth bothering end of Apr/beginning of May?
Replies: 0
Views: 2212

IST (Ataturk) airport - worth bothering end of Apr/beginning of May?

All, Thinking of planning a trip to the old IST airport end of April for a few days - does anyone know what the traffic situation is likely to be by then? There's a thread running in the CivAv forum (in which I've asked the question; thought it wouldn't hurt to ask here also) that suggests the new a...

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by JakTrax
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 660
Views: 162740

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

Probably the wrong place but I'll likely get more accurate info here than in the photography forum.....

I'm thinking of a spotting trip to the old Ataturk end of April/beginning of May - is the variety and number of movements still likely to be consistent?

Thanks,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Are the motives and crop on these photos acceptable?
Replies: 152
Views: 12196

Re: Are the motives and crop on these photos acceptable?

The sky in the two above looks too cyan, which typically results in whites looking too yellow/green. It's not always straight-forward but reducing the amount of green should put you in the right direction.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening Feedback - Schmave
Replies: 38
Views: 2439

Re: Pre-Screening Feedback - Schmave

Hmmmmm. I've been shooting for a very long time and I've never seen colours like those close to sundown - I'd expect more red/yellow. With the UA the whole of the rear above the gold cheatline looks a touch soft to me, but the titles look oversharp. Could be the light, though. Not sure I can see blu...

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening Feedback - Schmave
Replies: 38
Views: 2439

Re: Pre-Screening Feedback - Schmave

Both look a bit cyan to me and the UA looks soft/blurry in parts (and oversharp to compensate).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 54
Views: 2948

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

Hmmm. The manual focus lens sounds like it could be the issue. In the past most lenses had an 'infinity' mark which, once set at, put everything over a certain distance (typically 12 metres) in focus. Today's lenses work slightly differently and it's not so straight forward. I wouldn't, however, dis...

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by JakTrax
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 54
Views: 2948

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

Spirit should be fine from a sensor's point-of-view as there are no real high-contrast edges. The United and Jetblue do look soft/blurry in parts but I'm not convinced re the Southwest. But like I said, it'll be easy to deduce from the original file. If there is blur then it is either down to techni...

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by JakTrax
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening Solro
Replies: 113
Views: 12251

Re: Post screening Solro

Does look a bit low in frame to me, so I wouldn't appeal it.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 54
Views: 2948

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

I think the long and short of it is that it's very difficult to pick up on true blur from such small-sized images. None of those last four look particularly bad to me (the SWA looks the least blurry, followed by the Spirit)) but scrutinising the originals very closely (i.e. pixel peeping) will tell ...

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by JakTrax
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

80 posts and we're still no closer to knowing what kind of camera/lenses you require and no closer to getting you some photos accepted. Either camera you mention will be fine but one's entry-level and one's not. For me, Samsung wouldn't be the way to go as their lens selection is nowhere near as goo...

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

Well the NX1 is far from an entry-level camera and is mirrorless, so nothing like the EOS 1500D. Wiggy, I don't want to sound harsh here but I'm beginning to suspect that you're either trolling or have absolutely no clue about what you actually want to do. Until such time as you've figured it all ou...

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by JakTrax
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 54
Views: 2948

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

The suggested rotation I doubt would make much difference. It looks good to me as it is; the references Jehan mentions are just too unreliable to succinctly conclude that it's not level. Benefit of doubt, in which case? The noseweel base is below that of the main gear - if you applied CCW it may wel...

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by JakTrax
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 233
Views: 47338

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

The 9W flight this morning was a 333, for the first time - not sure whether it was load-related or simply aircraft availability.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening please advice
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Post screening please advice

Looks like MAN..... ;-)

The Hainan looks soft at best; most likely ever-so-slightly blurry. The BA looks generally good to me (doesn't look overly soft) but does have a slight pinkish hue that'd be easy to correct.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Blurry Rejections
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Blurry Rejections

First one looks blurry at the nose for sure. Could be lens edge softness. Second generally looks okay to me but there are parts that look a touch soft/blurry. It's not underexposed but the angle (showing the underside) does mean that you're seeing a lot of darker areas.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

VH-HWV is poorly lit, blurry, oversharp, noisy and has an obstruction across the tail. VH-KGE is too small a file to properly judge but the light is bad. I'm going to pull no punches by saying that you need to considerably improve your technique because those images are awful. There really is no nic...

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by JakTrax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining 737-200s in service
Replies: 22
Views: 3390

Re: Remaining 737-200s in service

Have Chrono Aviation's two 732s actually flown for them yet? I know their first had been languishing in New Zealand (I think) for a good number of years. Based at Montreal St. Hubert I believe, which I didn't think was big enough to cope with a 732 (but obviously is!).

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by JakTrax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

I'm afraid neither of those have the overall quality to make it here.

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by JakTrax
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 54
Views: 2948

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

Looks generally blurry to me but that livery is a real pain as, at that size, CA can often take on a similar appearance to blur. The original file will always tell you.....

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

The point I was making concerns the wider community, rather than exclusively here. I don't do too many creatives but I like seeing them in the database. What I like far less are these over-processed night shots we're seeing a lot of lately - I'm of the opinion that, if it couldn't be achieved in a d...

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by JakTrax
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

I'm in agreement with much of what Thierry says above. But I'd like to elaborate a little and ask exactly what is creative? Trends are (or used to be?) set here - we all remember when the LAX overhead shots first appeared, courtesy of Sam Chui, but they've become ubiquitous and what we're seeing now...

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by JakTrax
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Are the motives and crop on these photos acceptable?
Replies: 152
Views: 12196

Re: Are the motives and crop on these photos acceptable?

Looks good to me, although I personally think the contrast is a little weak.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening: Kann123air AA MD80
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Pre-screening: Kann123air AA MD80

I'd agree that some additional brightness wouldn't go amiss but, considering the livery and obvious time of day, the colour looks pretty good to me.

I've seen darker images in similar light on the front page.

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by JakTrax
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

ajaaron, hope you don't mind me saying but I'd pull that Norwegian image from the queue and re-edit as it's over-exposed and has a very slight pink hue. The red appears almost orange and toning down the brightness will help improve the contrast. Back to the OP, don't go overboard with the latest edi...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-post screening spompert
Replies: 201
Views: 19485

Re: pre-post screening spompert

I do see a slight pinkish hue (particularly in the grey part of the underside) but I've seen worse accepted. Removing just a touch of red should do it.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

Jehan, I don't claim to be an expert on the composition of the current screening team - nor do I want to get into this debate in this thread - however I have spoken with many ex-screeners (including heads) who have all told me that, at least in the past, favouritism and bias have been rife. The rece...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 109
Views: 4986

Re: wiggys photos

The f/8, ISO100 rule is generally a good place to start but I think too many photographers fall in to the trap of only ever using those settings, without variation. A Canon rep once told me that there is almost no discernible difference between ISO100 and 200 - and as a terrible pixel-peeper I tend ...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 659
Views: 130989

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I'm lead to believe that G-CIVB is due to leave the fleet in November - hardly around for 'a long time'....... I know the rumour-mill generally tries to be helpful but when so many people jump on it, in an attempt to be the oracle of information, things get distorted. Perhaps best to wait and see ex...

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by JakTrax
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

I think some are missing my point here. Yes, everyone gets some satisfaction out of other people looking at and (presumably) enjoying their photos, however my point is that the obsession for hits and praise is, in some cases, turning otherwise decent people into narcissistic, overly competitive dron...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

Like I said, Kas...... partially...... The gist is that some people only seem interested in taking photos of aircraft (and other things, for that matter) because of the exposure/views it gets them. There are many, many exceptions, of course, but I know folks my age (40) who only decided to pick up a...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

I personally think the 'other site' doesn't feature the same quality we see here, but as Royal pointed out the bar for screened photo sites seems to have been lowered of late. I guess it's the old 'if you can't beat them....' adage. It's a sad indictment of the direction in which the hobby's heading...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

Kas, I wasn't attacking the screening team as a whole (there are those who apply common sense, yourself included) but the evidence suggests that some do indeed look to reject rather than accept. You only need look in this forum to see some of the ridiculous rejections, many of which are overturned b...

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by JakTrax
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

Perhaps going a little off-topic, but there's a lot of negative effects created by social media. There's a current mentality that any criticism, even if it's constructive/helpful, is bad and mustn't be tolerated, lest we offend anyone. Part of a wider culture, I know, but it's not particularly helpf...

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by JakTrax
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Where are all the 2018 photos???
Replies: 40
Views: 2079

Re: Where are all the 2018 photos???

An interesting topic; allow me to give you my take on this, as a once regular uploader...... Aviation photography has become a competition, and I find myself increasingly wanting to be alone at the airport, away from those who are only interested in hits. here's nothing wrong per se with hit-seeking...

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening for a couple
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

Re: Pre-screening for a couple

Okay, thanks Jehan - at least it's not just me then! I see some very sharp edges but nothing I wouldn't expect from that livery at that image size. I may appeal.......

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening for a couple
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

Re: Pre-screening for a couple

Hi All, The Jet got the boot for oversharp and low contrast. Oversharp seems awfully picky but at least legitimate, however I'm struggling to see low contrast. Looks passable to me, given what gets into the database daily - the shot below I found in today's acceptances (two seconds to find, first pa...

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screen (sort of)
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Pre-screen (sort of)

Yes, I have noticed that the latest crop of (certainly Canon L) lenses better resolve DSLR sensors, both FOVCF and FF - something I really failed to take into account as I was so set in just the one workflow. I'll pay more attention to detail if I upload here again.

Cheers,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screen (sort of)
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Pre-screen (sort of)

Okay, cheers guys, pretty much how I view it - passable except for a few oversharp areas. I must say, however, that I can't see any problematic jaggies on the titles or tyres (perhaps nothing more than I'd expect for an image of this size), but now you mention it I can see some on one of the prop bl...

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screen (sort of)
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Pre-screen (sort of)

Hi All, Decided to upload a priority the other day, which got the boot for oversharp, distance and quality. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/31308384357/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/ Now I'm happy to admit that I'm unfamiliar with the latest criteria, having not uploaded much in the last...

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening for a couple
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

Re: Pre-screening for a couple

Accepted just now......

Karl

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