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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

spompert, it gets so many views compared to all other shots, full-stop! Double the amount of the first CS3 for DL, and well over double of the roll-out of the 777-9 and UA's first 787-10. And the plane in question has been around for nearly 10 years! I got it added as a priority when it was first pa...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Okay, this is getting silly... The Condor shot now has double the amount of views of anything else from the past 365 days (despite being uploaded much more recently). The same photog's fisheye 747 shot is not far off and there's another, almost identical one working its way up (CZ 77W) that incident...

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by JakTrax
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Pre-Screening

The only thing I'd recommend is to add a tiny amount of contrast to the first image. It looks good as it is but I have had rejections for low contrast for similar so it would just be to make sure.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

But what's the benefit to this? Surely it's cheating? Is it likely out of the photographer's hands or is it more likely a case of deliberate manipulation?

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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

The DE shot had 12k views overnight 2nd-3rd Sep! Oddly enough the LH 747 image was nowhere near the top shot of the last 365 days 48 hours ago! The DE has slowed a bit lately, only getting 5.4k views overnight last night... but having said that the next most popular (DL A220, UA 787-10 and 777-9) ha...

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Speaking of manipulating the system, I have just noticed that the top photo of the last 30 days is a relatively mundane subject shot in very mediocre light — absolutely nothing special about it at all — however what strikes me as fishy is that it has more than double the number of views of the next ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I think it's naive at best to think that implicit biases don't come into play here when they most certainly do in every other aspect of life. I'm sure our resident psychologist will chime in if he eyes this thread.... The fact that one photographer is basically holding A.net to ransom is in itself i...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: Budget DSLR camera

Noise reduction software is a bit of a double-edged sword as it doesn't actually 'get rid' of noise — rather it basically blurs parts of the image to give the effect of doing away with it. That's why you get a variety of ill-effects when you overuse NR software.

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: Budget DSLR camera

I don't own the 4000D and even if I did I wouldn't be offended. My point is that better isn't always 'better', if you know what I mean. The 7D was certainly a great camera but some low-end Canons have surpassed it now and its higher ISO performance was always lousy. For standard aviation shots (and ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Budget DSLR camera
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: Budget DSLR camera

Why is the 7D 'loads better than the 4000D'? The 4000D benefits from a much newer processor and, unless you really need the increased burst rate, the extra fps isn't a game changer. 10 additional focus points for most aviation applications won't be noticeable in the real world either. Besides, the O...

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 170
Views: 5658

Re: Pre-screening please

The haze is terrible and kills them straight away, without considering other flaws.

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by JakTrax
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 170
Views: 5658

Re: Pre-screening please

The Dornier looks generally good to me but the Cessna looks a touch bright. Both appear a little yellow/green.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: contrast issues
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: contrast issues

Typically, contrast is balanced when pure whites look like pure white and pure black like pure blacks, but in the real world it isn't so clear cut. Perhaps the best guide is to look at the aircraft tyres — if they're in the shadow of part of the aircraft (normally a wing) then they should look almos...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected for distance and underexposure
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Rejected for distance and underexposure

For me there's too much dead space still on the left; I think it might look better with some kind of portrait crop (depending on what ratios are acceptable these days).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

There was one on the front page yesterday that was clearly unlevel....

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image Stabilization or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Image Stabilization or not?

I own the original 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS) and for the money there's nothing else like it (including outside the Canon world). I also own the new 70-200 f/4 L IS II, which is slightly sharper and has noticeably better AF, but it's nearly three times the price. The newer version does, however, mean tha...

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 23
Views: 2693

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

ThePointblank, how do you find the EVF as opposed to the OVF for action? Can you tell the difference and, if so, is it problematic?

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected for distance
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: Rejected for distance

My response in that thread is very relevant as it covers rejections just like this one, and the subjectivity of the 'distance' rule. It's along similar lines, regardless of motive — I fail to see why anyone would think it not applicable.

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected for distance
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: Rejected for distance

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Cheers,
Karl
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In full agreement, Royal. You might, by the way, wanna have a read of the following recent thread...

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Cheers,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 23
Views: 2693

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

I've read multiple reports about the adaptors exceeding expectations... but I've also read reports in which certain lenses (primarily wide-angles and a few primes) have been less accurate with the adaptor. It is, however, Canon's own and so I'd expect pretty much native performance out of something ...

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Motive - crop
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: Motive - crop

I've always found the 'distance' rule here ambiguous — there's a real big difference between the subject actually being too small in the frame and having breathing room. The SAS to me looks fine (it's without doubt balanced) but the Blue Air looks awkward — to think that the awkward one is acceptabl...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

I've never been (to the spot) but I've seen how distant it is. Outside of late-afternoon mid-winter I doubt you'll ever see no haze — you just can't shoot across that kind of distance and expect perfectly clear, undisturbed air. Live with it or choose a spot closer to the action.

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by JakTrax
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 111
Views: 6651

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

I can only assume that the screener didn't realise the fuselage is grey rather than white.

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by JakTrax
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?
Replies: 23
Views: 2693

Re: Anyone have/used the EOS R & RP?

Thanks Darren. I've done much research since I made this post and have decided that I'm sticking with Canon. They might not be innovators these days but their colour science is the best and their lens range rock solid. The grass is always greener, as they say. Sony's pro lens line-up is relatively p...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening photos - fsx98
Replies: 478
Views: 35070

Re: Pre-screening photos - fsx98

Still looks a bit oversharp to me, particularly around the titles. I find that a livery such as that is best uploaded at a larger size — high contrast edges like those where the blue meets the white can give the illusion of blur due to the way modern sensors handle the transition. The original file ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

Exposures look okay but all are a bit blue.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre screen - R5K
Replies: 35
Views: 1289

Re: Pre screen - R5K

For me the light is just too poor and it's a very common subject. A personal rule of mine is: if the fuselage is darker than the sky behind, forget it.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Screening help.
Replies: 259
Views: 13711

Re: Screening help.

They all have a slight pinkish hue on my screen.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: MUC Spotting
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

Re: MUC Spotting

I'm pretty sure there's a spotting 'pyramid' and small museum within walking distance of the terminal that offer very close views of a taxiway. A Google search should reveal more I imagine.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 170
Views: 5658

Re: Pre-screening please

#1: looks soft/blurry towards the nose to me and there's also some bad CA along the top of the fuselage and the leading edge of the tail. #2: heat-haze and appears to be some compression around the titles? #3: needs ccw rotation in my opinion. #5: soft/blurry at the nose and CA leading edge of the t...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 76
Views: 4838

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I'll chip in on the issue of blurry images because I feel it perhaps needs addressing.... I see quite a few genuinely blurry shots in the feedback forum but some the screeners claim are blurry puzzle me at times; not because they're succinctly blurry but because it's impossible to tell at the (mostl...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: photo advice
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: photo advice

Yep, needs slight CCW rotation.

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by JakTrax
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

The Crystal 77L looks heavily processed to me and there are blown out areas. I'd say no to it making it into the database but I've said that before about images that were subsequently accepted. The earlier three all look soft to me (the 737 blurry in fact), although it's so hard for me to tell from ...

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by JakTrax
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreening - NorthStarDC4M
Replies: 15
Views: 1490

Re: Prescreening - NorthStarDC4M

Bad light making correct exposure tricky (i.e. likely to draw a 'dark' rejection in its current state). Looks soft too (at best — maybe even blurry but impossible to tell at that size).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: what's better?
Replies: 3
Views: 926

Re: what's better?

Essentially both crops work here but but neither image has the quality to pass screening. Both are noisy, need levelling and suffer from general quality issues, and the second would also need a better (tighter) crop.

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

Having done a few different types of photography I wouldn't say aviation is the easiest; however it certainly isn't the most difficult. That said, it depends on individual circumstances. One of the biggest issues with film was being stuck with just a single sensitivity while that particular roll was...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

I think you're missing the point entirely. The things you mention were simple advancements on existing technology; digital is a different ball game completely. In fact, when AF lenses first came about they were pretty unreliable and many of us opted to continue using MF. As for zoom lenses, they may...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

The digital age does make photography easier and far more convenient. I did do film back in the old days for a time, but never for taking photos of planes. It certainly does make things more convenient and despite my often lamenting the days of film/slide there's no way I'd ever want to go back. Bu...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

KPDX wrote:
there are also tons of boring shots that got on just because of the lack of challenge involved and having a nice camera.!


Bear in mind that this is only so due to the advent of digital photography and Photoshop. Even 'boring' shots in the days of film and slide required skill and experience.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 111
Views: 6651

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

They do look slightly blurry to me to be honest but the originals will tell you for sure. I've said it many times but you can't properly determine blur from a 1200 pixel image. If the original is blurry, then the edit will be too.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: need camera settings
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

Re: need camera settings

Personally I use single shot focus because continuous/servo tends to hunt too much. I focus before every shot/burst. I'm glad someone else recognises this! Seems more of an issue with later cameras that have (apparently) more complex and reliable AF systems. I have to use my 80D in one-shot as the ...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: constructive criticism please
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: constructive criticism please

74mm on a crop body for a 738 is pretty close, however still not close enough to eliminate haze after around 0800. Sometimes there's just no way to defy physics.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: need camera settings
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

Re: need camera settings

The settings you use for flowers in your garden are going to be a lot different to those used for aviation. You need to learn about the capturing process to better understand what your camera/lens is doing. First, set the camera to a semi-manual mode (preferably Av or Tv) then set the ISO manually t...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: need camera settings
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

Re: need camera settings

Are you test shooting indoors or in bright sunlight? If in sunlight and you're not on auto ISO(?) there's a rogue setting somewhere that needs sorting. Select a semi-auto mode (or manual) and set the ISO yourself, to 200.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: constructive criticism please
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: constructive criticism please

20C is still plenty warm enough for haze to develop across open land. Hope you enjoy your 8-12 visit but just bear in mind that the results likely won't be acceptable here unless you can get pretty close to the action.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 170
Views: 5658

Re: Pre-screening please

From the first batch (posted 4 days ago)... 1. Severe heat-haze and blurry fence. 2. Soft/blurry, heat-haze, fence. 3. Same as 2. From the latest batch... 1. Looks slightly blurry and has some strong purple fringing. 2. Winglet looks a bit blurry but otherwise okay to me. 3. heat-haze and obscured u...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screen - Runway28L
Replies: 111
Views: 6651

Re: Pre/post screen - Runway28L

Is the taxiway light not an issue as it's clearly avoidable?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: constructive criticism please
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: constructive criticism please

They don't generally look too bad but the conditions are against you. At this time of year heat-haze is a problem at the times you're clearly shooting (light is harsh, giving nasty contrast) so my only advice would be to go out either early morning (sunrise-0800) or evening (1800-sunset).

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: best camera to buy
Replies: 11
Views: 1841

Re: best camera to buy

Don't take DXOMark too literally as it's all theoretical. Basically the more megapixels your camera has, the greater the pixel density, meaning the lens has to work harder to get the best out of the sensor. In theory, when using the same lens, you will lose sharpness with the 7DII compared to the 7D...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: need camera settings
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

Re: need camera settings

Auto ISO kind of assumes you've got the world's unsteadiest hands and so over-compensates by selecting an often ridiculously high value. In bright conditions I'd set the ISO to a base 200 (many would argue 100 but the difference is practically non-existent and so always better to get the shutter spe...

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