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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening - AC02
Replies: 5
Views: 1553

Re: Post Screening - AC02

Possibly slight micro-blur in parts but should be fixable. I'd expect the registration and '747' titles at the rear to look soft/blurry since there are very high contrast edges causing CA. More worrying is the level of noise, however.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening - AC02
Replies: 5
Views: 1553

Re: Post Screening - AC02

Generally looks okay to me but there are small areas that for some reason appear soft/blurry. If you say the original is tack sharp you have your answer, however: it's obviously the edit. I've had it where pin-sharp photos have looked dodgy after processing and I have found that uploading at a large...

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Your sunset shot would be much better in portrait (which would crop out some of the distracting lens flares — the remaining ones you could deal with). There's banding in the sky too but that's now acceptable.

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Sharpness looks acceptable on my screen but the image still looks flat to me. If it's taking this much work to get it accepted it's probably one to abandon.

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 167
Views: 30811

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

Your histogram is a guide (but ONLY a guide). It's much more of a challenge to properly judge exposure when the light is poor — the histogram becomes less useful. Most of it is just how it looks to the eye to be honest. Your SAA image isn't overexposed per se but the light is awkward, meaning that i...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Scanned photos rejections
Replies: 4
Views: 1296

Re: Scanned photos rejections

Those links take me to my own image log.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75798

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Just to add... I think the background adds much to the motive of that VS shot — take away the background and replace it with an empty runway and a treeline and, again, you have an unmotivated/unbalanced/awkward crop. I'm aware that 'screener discretion' plays a role but lately we've seen a lot of ve...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening Feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

Re: Pre-Screening Feedback

Looks noisy with a very slight magenta cast on my screen.

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75798

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I've always been of the opinion that, if you choose to display your images on a website as public as A.net, you should not have an issue with your images being singled out and/or discussed. Let's face it, the only reason it's considered 'bad form' is due to potentially damaged egos. With that said, ...

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by JakTrax
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Heat haze, Blurry, Oversharpened??
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Re: Heat haze, Blurry, Oversharpened??

I'd agree that the LOT image is questionable but that doesn't detract from the fact that your ANA image is relatively poor, especially considering how many superior shots of the same subject are in the database. I always say this but it never gains much traction: link the full size original file and...

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Blurry with a very heavy yellow/red colour cast.

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Heat haze, Blurry, Oversharpened??
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Re: Heat haze, Blurry, Oversharpened??

It does look blurry and oversharp to compensate in places. Not sure where heat-haze comes into it, though — I know this spot very well and, although the APUs of parked aircraft can be a pain, the effects are immediately recognisable. No heat haze here. Moot point, however, considering the other reas...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

One of the biggest issues with this kind of shot is that a lot of the area of the aircraft you're shooting is dark (i.e. in shadow). If this aircraft were level with you your camera would be metering a pretty uniform scene, however at this angle it's struggling to balance the highlights and shadows.

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by JakTrax
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

This is being a bit picky but it still looks a touch flat to me — perhaps a little saturation would improve its chances?

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by JakTrax
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Motive doesn't work for me. I'd be surprised if acceptable here.

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 283
Views: 75798

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

The KL 789 crop works for the site I think, although from a personal standpoint I'm not overly enamoured. It does look a touch low-in-frame though, and has a yellow cast. Screening is and always has been subjective but I'm sure most will agree that there are mistakes and there are... 'mistakes'. Mou...

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 340
Views: 175415

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

Jehan, I could understand one of these images slipping through but there are five or six (in the last week). There is a guy currently trying to get an image accepted in which the banding is far less severe and each time he's being knocked back. Now the site has maintained that names are not screened...

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Probably a bit too far the other way now. Didn't need much of a brightness reduction — mainly needed a contrast injection.

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Possibly a touch bright and lacking contrast.

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by JakTrax
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 340
Views: 175415

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

I've no real issue with the photos featuring people on the beach, however... would a team of all-male posers have been similarly accepted? It's also worth noting that quite a few recent acceptances feature very obvious banding towards the top-right of the frame — in these very forums there's a guy s...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Best Phone Camera
Replies: 14
Views: 5303

Re: Best Phone Camera

There are images in the database here taken with high-end phones but they depict static aircraft, close-up. Phone cameras just aren't versatile enough for general aviation photography — you basically need to get lucky or work airside to make a good capture.

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 27621

Re: Pre-screening

Surely that sunflash rear fuselage isn't an issue?! I can understand when it's at the forward fuselage over the titles (as in that FX 757 image) but sometimes you just can't avoid it if you want a side-on(ish) shot. In that QR shot it's in no way distracting. Aside from the sharpening issues it woul...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 167
Views: 30811

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

None of them work for me due to the poor light but maybe they're acceptable here?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74877

Re: wiggys photos

Aside from the 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS Canon's 300mm zooms (75-300s & 70-300s) will suffer quite bad softness at 300mm, particularly at apertures narrower than f/9. A tripod will help but you will be severely limiting your flexibility — it would be much more beneficial to improve your technique and ...

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection
Replies: 6
Views: 1394

Re: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection

My first thought, then, would be that you've 'over-processed' in some way (pushed the exposure, for example), or saved the image at less than maximum quality. That kind of sky is perhaps the worst for showing banding and it is possible that the conversion to jpeg simply hasn't been able to deal with...

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection
Replies: 6
Views: 1394

Re: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection

It depends. If the original file displays no banding (which it shouldn't if the highest quality settings in-camera were observed) then it can mean one of two things: 1) the image has been 'over-processed' or, following processing, it hasn't been saved at maximum quality (your fault) 2) the image's c...

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection
Replies: 6
Views: 1394

Re: Photo Help: Severe Issues and Rejection

I do see banding in the sky; it should be more obvious if you equalise the image in Photoshop. The other issues are not worth discussing at this stage since the banding kills the shot right away.

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 316
Views: 74877

Re: wiggys photos

at 300mm your image frame becomes very unstable so you need a high shutter speed to get sharp results. The recommended approach is your focal length plus one stop, so 1/400th of a sec minimum at 300mm, but that will depend on how steady your hands are. This theory has always sounded a bit iffy to me...

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by JakTrax
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 167
Views: 30811

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

I can see quality issues for each but no heat-haze. I believe I've been to this spot (Int'l terminal, PER?) and you are too close/elevated for heat-haze to be an issue.

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by JakTrax
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-screening advice
Replies: 26
Views: 3915

Re: pre-screening advice

Cropping closer to the tail would likely chop that flap fairing, which would look ugly (in my opinion). If anything I'd say crop a little looser left side to include that full fairing. Looking through the database the crop should be acceptable in both your two edits and as suggested by Jehan. The be...

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by JakTrax
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-screening advice
Replies: 26
Views: 3915

Re: pre-screening advice

Possibly a tiny bit of selective sharpening in some areas but generally looks good to me!

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-screening advice
Replies: 26
Views: 3915

Re: pre-screening advice

Crikey, what happened to relaxing the rules for unique shots?! I doubt anyone could have done better under the circumstances so surely soft(er) parts of the aircraft could be overlooked? I'd also disagree that the entire tail could be included. Besides, there are so many images in the database in wh...

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-screening advice
Replies: 26
Views: 3915

Re: pre-screening advice

Nice photo. I can't see why it wouldn't be acceptable as the marshaller (for me at least) is adding to the shot in the execution of his duty.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 167
Views: 30811

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

Poor light for both, and the first feels unlevel.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Scanned Photo
Replies: 4
Views: 2272

Re: Scanned Photo

In short, yes. I have a Canoscan 4400F (about EUR80) and have a bunch of scans (from prints, not negatives, although it will do negatives too) accepted here. It's the processing in Photoshop that's key as they come out of the scanner looking pretty bad (same with Negatives). You'll need to run them ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Rejected
Replies: 8
Views: 2808

Re: Rejected

I've never been a fan of this type of crop but there are many examples in the database; I can only assume that you need to crop in more on the left side or less on the right.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening
Replies: 20
Views: 2905

Re: Post screening

A few of those buildings suggest CCW needed but others are fine — they don't look like the best structures to judge level. I think you definitely overdid it with the second image — perhaps only 0.1 degrees of rotation required. Seems a bit harsh looking at some images that made it in over the last f...

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by JakTrax
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening
Replies: 20
Views: 2905

Re: Post screening

'Underexposed' it s a little misleading as, even with a better exposure, the light is simply against you. One for the personal collection only I feel (perhaps the screener should have put a note to that effect?).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening Speedbird52
Replies: 4
Views: 1452

Re: Post Screening Speedbird52

I'd say the light is just too poor to get this one up to A.net standards. There's also some distracting clutter that's not helping, and the kind of crop required would further reduce quality.

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by JakTrax
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening Rene Wendt
Replies: 84
Views: 16823

Re: Pre-screening Rene Wendt

Definitely better but still looks a touch flat to me. I'd give it a slight contrast boost and a shot of saturation.

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening Rene Wendt
Replies: 84
Views: 16823

Re: Pre-screening Rene Wendt

The AT7 looks overexposed and flat on my screen. The CR9 looks a bit odd but it's likely the angle you've taken it at vs. the angle of the sun. Doesn't work for me as looks punchy in some areas but flat in others. It's also very bright in parts.

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by JakTrax
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: SE-ROJ Rejection
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: SE-ROJ Rejection

Does look a touch blurry at first glance but whether it is or not depends on the original. Is the original file blurry? If so, any edit will also be.

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by JakTrax
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Replies: 13
Views: 7380

Re: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

I've owned (but still don't own — that should perhaps be somewhat indicative) several third-party lenses from both Tamron and Sigma and although optically they can be every bit as good as native Canon lenses the AF just isn't as accurate or consistent. I've always been disappointed; the problem with...

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by JakTrax
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening Chris Phan
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Re: Pre-Screening Chris Phan

There needs to be less of an ambiguous line when it comes to heat-haze as I noted several images accepted this past few weeks that suffer terribly (way worse than that image). Regarding the airport, it's much more likely to be SFO in my opinion.

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by JakTrax
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Replies: 13
Views: 7380

Re: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

I've no experience with it but the old 50-500 is very good FOR WHAT IT IS. This is the key phrase here — what it is — a 10x zoom is inherently going to be a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. It will be satisfactory at all but the greatest focal length (the original 50-500 was quite soft at th...

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by JakTrax
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Malta Airport Observation Deck Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1390

Re: Malta Airport Observation Deck Questions

The sun unfortunately won't be particularly useful but you may be able to work an angle. The double whammy is that there really isn't much pax traffic early mornings, except the first wave of FR and KM departures.

It's landside by the way, and is behind perspex.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1333

Re: Camera Question

Speaking as a relatively new mirrorless user I think you may have jumped the gun a bit getting rid of your DSLR... One thing I've found is that, at the moment, mirrorless complements DSLR, rather than replaces, as there are still things DSLR does that mirrorless either can't or isn't particularly go...

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by JakTrax
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lens Help
Replies: 8
Views: 1471

Re: Lens Help

I've only ever owned/used one Sigma lens, the 24-104 f/4 Art. Optically it was superb but the AF in third-party lenses will never be as good as that in native lenses. I hand on heart cannot recommend Sigma/Tamron for Canon DSLRs for this reason. That said, they are significantly cheaper so it depend...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lens Help
Replies: 8
Views: 1471

Re: Lens Help

It depends what focal length you find yourself most often using — if it's 300mm then a 70-200 isn't going to be much good! Also, can you see yourself needing apertures as wide as f/2.8? Again, if so the f/4s aren't going to make the cut. The 70-200 f/4s are an excellent choice, though. The only deci...

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by JakTrax
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photographer's choice
Replies: 53
Views: 12854

Re: Photographer's choice

I'm not really sure what constitutes 'trolling' these days but it all seems rather sad that people play this game? What is there to achieve from it? This hobby has become so polarised lately; it used to be so friendly but, as with so many other things, social media has had a profound effect.

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