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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I don't think anyone expects perfection — or even 100% consistency — but let me give an example: https://www.airliners.net/photo/China-Eastern-Airlines/Boeing-737-79P/6034801?qsp=eJwljEEOgkAQBP/SZy5KYgI3%2BYAe/MBkttVNUDYzc5AQ/s4Kt0p3Vy/Q6Rv8xWMuRA%2BnmL7RoIjJx9EvkGxq8oxBPOsxO7dd18Ani2GuUpLgVZUlmHDkN...

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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 190
Views: 42006

Re: Pre-screening please

I think the yellow's less of a concern given the obvious time of day but the clouds are taking on an unnatural pinkish hue. Regardless, the colour needs some work (although a moot point given the blur).

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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

The original file isn't blurry but the tail does look softer than the rest of the aircraft. Generally it looks excessively sharp to me for an original file and I suspect resizing to 1600 pixels is, without any additional sharpening, going to render it oversharp by default.

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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening please
Replies: 190
Views: 42006

Re: Pre-screening please

Blurry and way too red.

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by JakTrax
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

Jehan, the ER4 has a grey/silver fuselage, not white — if you look at the aircraft behind the exposure looks fine.

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by JakTrax
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

I must admit, the right side in both images (particularly the ER4) does look brighter than I'd expect and my wide-angle lenses certainly control the effect much better. That said, I don't think it should be grounds for rejection.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening : WingsFan
Replies: 15
Views: 3990

Re: Pre-screening : WingsFan

To reject for that sunflash seems a bit harsh - metallic surfaces will always reflect some light, without fail - it's very distracting when glare is highlighted by refracting around the internal elements of the lens but it's subtle enough here, surely? This site does puzzle me at times - I find heat...

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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: END OF PRIORITY SCREENING FOR COVID-19
Replies: 7
Views: 4001

Re: END OF PRIORITY SCREENING FOR COVID-19

Another priority for COVID-19 on the front page. Have things changed again?

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by JakTrax
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New airline not newsworthy?
Replies: 2
Views: 2830

Re: New airline not newsworthy?

Sorry, I thought it had been purposefully decided it wasn't banner-worthy, which struck me as odd.

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by JakTrax
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New airline not newsworthy?
Replies: 2
Views: 2830

New airline not newsworthy?

Uploaded a photo of brand new airline Animawings with a note to include on the news banner, however it seems to have been omitted and I can't understand why?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen KPDX
Replies: 45
Views: 15895

Re: Pre-Screen KPDX

Top-lit if anything, but not back-lit. It could do with a boost in both brightness and contrast. Not a lost cause, although the light's not the best.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lower Shutter Speed and Wide Angle
Replies: 4
Views: 3047

Re: Lower Shutter Speed and Wide Angle

Okay, I get you now. Just to clarify, it is the general blur across the frame rather than the aircraft being blurry that's the issue? I can see both sides to be honest. Since the subject is such a small part of the scene to have so much of the frame blurry isn't aesthetic, but at the same time the a...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lower Shutter Speed and Wide Angle
Replies: 4
Views: 3047

Re: Lower Shutter Speed and Wide Angle

I'm on my phone at the moment so can't really pick out the blur. Where was your focus point? To be honest at that angle you should have been able to achieve a shutter fast enough to get a sharp overall image but slow enough for sufficient prop blur (certainly with stabilisation). The issue with low ...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Any chance to get accepted although not centered
Replies: 2
Views: 2732

Re: Any chance to get accepted although not centered

I personally don't think the bird flock is impressive enough to justify the crop.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Yes, I see them now. Sorry, I thought you were referring exclusively to those specks that are obviously birds. The one above the lightpole is likely a bird but since it can't really be identified as such it should have been scrubbed. The one top-right is either an insect or dust spot on the sensor a...

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by JakTrax
Sun May 31, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Hi dutchspotter1, the rules (used to at least) state that birds in the frame are acceptable if they are easily identifiable as birds (which in this case they are). I would have removed them personally as they are a bit distracting but it's not an issue per the acceptance criteria.

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by JakTrax
Sun May 24, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 cyan cast
Replies: 6
Views: 3109

Re: Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 cyan cast

Lenses do have an impact on colour since they are the tools by which light is gathered, filtered and projected onto the sensor. Poor quality optics can produce muddy and/or flat colours. The lens helps the camera determine what colour temperature to set (in AWB), since the lens is effectively the ca...

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by JakTrax
Sat May 23, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Reject - colour
Replies: 10
Views: 3090

Re: Reject - colour

It's not high in frame.

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by JakTrax
Thu May 21, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening RT145
Replies: 24
Views: 6631

Re: Pre-screening RT145

Learn about the camera and stay out of auto mode. Those images really are not reflective of those settings so I suspect you're either doing something wrong during processing or not using the 90D's maximum quality settings.

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by JakTrax
Thu May 21, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

Low contrast and affected by heat-haze.

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by JakTrax
Thu May 21, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photoshop Elements / Windows 10 problems
Replies: 1
Views: 2605

Photoshop Elements / Windows 10 problems

All, A friend of mine had been using Elements 5 but has recently upgraded to Windows 10 and it's not 100% compatible. He's looked at buying Elements 2020 but he has a 32-bit version of Windows 10 and the system requirements state the need for a 64-bit system. What can he do? I suggested getting an o...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 19, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening RT145
Replies: 24
Views: 6631

Re: Pre-screening RT145

Okay. Either you're doing something wrong during editing or your settings in camera are off. What aperture, shutter speed and ISO were they captured at?

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by JakTrax
Tue May 19, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

Fair point re the soft nose, Jehan, but what would have happened had the nose area been sufficiently sharp, given that the sky in Royal's photo is no more distracting than in Andrew's latest beach shots?

Surely it would have to be pretty distracting to warrant a rejection?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue May 19, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening RT145
Replies: 24
Views: 6631

Re: Pre-screening RT145

What camera are you using? The original images seem to be very noisy and a little sharper than I'd expect straight from the camera.

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by JakTrax
Mon May 18, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening RT145
Replies: 24
Views: 6631

Re: Pre-screening RT145

The Learjet is a non-starter as it's blurry. The other two are noisy and I see editing artefacts/compression around various parts of the aircraft. Are you taking these photos at the camera's maximum quality? Are you saving them once edited at maximum quality?

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by JakTrax
Mon May 18, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: wiggys photos
Replies: 342
Views: 90641

Re: wiggys photos

Yes, blurry so no chance I'm afraid. Nice light though.

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by JakTrax
Mon May 18, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 453
Views: 112788

Re: Pre Screen Feedback Please

The 737 looks blurry and both appear to have had a bit too much noise reduction applied, resulting in a high degree of fine detail loss. they also look a bit oversharp. I think the Sunstate stands a good chance with a more careful edit.

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by JakTrax
Mon May 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening RT145
Replies: 24
Views: 6631

Re: Pre-screening RT145

All three originals are pretty noisy and the Learjet is blurry. While the site only screens your 'finished product' (i.e. your final edit) it's far easier to pick out flaws in the originals.

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by JakTrax
Sat May 16, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

Even at 50mm on a FF body you can get the 'reverse vignetting' effect in the sky. Atmospheric conditions and the limits of physics by themselves should not be grounds for rejections. There are thousands of images in the database in which the subject is equally or more distorted than in Royal's shot....

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by JakTrax
Sat May 16, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

When shooting wide angle the sky at the top is going to be darker as the blue light is filtered through less atmosphere. I could understand if the rejection was down to optical or mechanical vignetting (which is down to the lens) but, in this instance, it's a natural and unavoidable phenomenon, attr...

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by JakTrax
Sat May 16, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

That's ridiculous! The effect isn't optical or mechanical — it's the way light scatters naturally! Technically there's no such thing as 'reverse vignetting'...

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat May 16, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 4969

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

Can I see the image, Royal? I too am keen on wide-angle shots...

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed May 13, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

Would be much better if you cropped on the right by the same margin as the left (the gap between the aircraft nose and right frame-edge equal to the gap between the sun and left frame-edge). Looks unbalanced as is. Everything else looks good, save for perhaps a contrast boost.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue May 12, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I emailed the crew but each response was increasingly vague and evasive; I'm sure your colleagues could show you the email in which I actually stated a reluctance to make an issue of this in the forums? Ultimately the best I got was a forum acknowledgement to say that the banding issue had been reso...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 12, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: lack of courtesy
Replies: 6
Views: 2619

Re: lack of courtesy

There is an unwritten rule, certainly at my local (MAN, UK): if you arrive before anyone else you can pick your spot; those arriving later will need to work around you. So if these guys arrived after you, you have a right to be annoyed. Likewise if they were originally stood with you but decided to ...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 12, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: lack of courtesy
Replies: 6
Views: 2619

Re: lack of courtesy

Did they show up after all the other photographers were in place?

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by JakTrax
Tue May 12, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

You could ask 'why not?' about almost anything. Kittens framed with planes should be left to http://www.fluffykittens.net. The site's focus is still (allegedly) aircraft. The rules until recently were quite clear but an oligarch is obviously now in full control of the site and is manipulating the ru...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 12, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

If people are coming here to see such images then the site is going in the wrong direction, wouldn't you say? Worth noting is that these images are mustering around 6k views on average, whereas a new airline or type for an airline will get 12-15k. Odd how these shots appear not as popular at that 'o...

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by JakTrax
Mon May 11, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Reject - soft
Replies: 8
Views: 1951

Re: Reject - soft

The accepted shot looks marginally (and I mean only MARGINALLY) sharper on my screen but I really have to pixel-peep to see it.

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by JakTrax
Sun May 10, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Tips and tricks for getting photos accepted?
Replies: 9
Views: 3473

Re: Tips and tricks for getting photos accepted?

I'm afraid the newly-submitted photo won't make it either — it's unlevel, noisy, the light is poor and it even looks a touch blurry.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-post screening spompert
Replies: 257
Views: 82376

Re: pre-post screening spompert

No overexposure on my screen. Appeal it.

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening - DanielK
Replies: 167
Views: 32364

Re: Pre-Screening - DanielK

There's a option named "Night / Dusk / Dawn" which is suitable for this kind of situation ( When the sun is lower than the horizon). Selecting this option would make us to re-consider the standard that we would make toward your photos since the photographying conditions have been changed ...

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

PanAm_DC10, I get your point but, in that case, why wasn't the post that originally veered off topic deleted? I didn't create it; I only added to it. Anyway... Credit where credit's due — I do actually like this one as there's more to it than just someone posing. I think the site should be accepting...

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

Better to do a portrait or square crop I think (if the latter are allowed).

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

Yousaf,

Nice enough shot but I don't see anything in the frame to justify the wide crop

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by JakTrax
Fri May 08, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 cyan cast
Replies: 6
Views: 3109

Re: Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 cyan cast

Try adjusting the colour temperature using manual white balance. You can do it in camera or in processing (if you shot RAW). Nikon always had a reputation for leaning towards blue/green whereas Canon was always more red - much like Fuji film/slide was always blue/green to Kodak's red. It's just the ...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 05, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

My issue isn't actually the motives of these beach images — it's that the rules appear to be being bent (or even totally changed) recently to suit the styles of a handful of contributors. This basically means that your shot getting in can depend on your name. If there are rules, they either need sti...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 05, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

It would likely look better with 0.1 or 0.2 degrees of rotation but since there are no reliable verticals it would be a bit picky to reject for 'level'. I still think the colour is more of an issue.

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by JakTrax
Mon May 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 343
Views: 104085

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Photos don't always have to tell a story; they can set a mood too. That 'screener discretion' we hear about a lot lately certainly seems to benefit some more than others... Isn't this all quite irrelevant anyway when most of the HKT beach shots have visible banding in the sky? And wasn't it only the...

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by JakTrax
Sun May 03, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 200
Views: 30836

Re: Pre-screening

Generally looks okay to me but a touch yellow.

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