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speedbird52
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Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:19 am

Got back into planespotting after a several month break. I am hoping to get my first accepted photo one day soon, and am looking for feedback.

https://imgur.com/RgQsmf6

This one looks a little oversharpened, and while I like the darker look, I think I might need to bump up the blacks to get accepted

https://imgur.com/YDJaCMO

This image also looks oversharpened to me, and the registration is just blurry. I am not sure that portion of the image could be made any clearer

All feedback is greatly appreciated
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:25 am

Both photos won't be accepted due to bad composition: the aircraft are too high in frame and the crop is too wide.
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:52 pm

In addition to what dutchspotter 1 says, they both look quite blurry and over-sharpened to compensate.

Jehan
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:08 pm

jelpee wrote:
In addition to what dutchspotter 1 says, they both look quite blurry and over-sharpened to compensate.

Jehan

I can definitely fix the crop, but is there anything I can do about the blur? How do you avoid blurry photos in the future? I think it may have been caused by my use of F/5.6
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:47 pm

speedbird52 wrote:
jelpee wrote:
In addition to what dutchspotter 1 says, they both look quite blurry and over-sharpened to compensate.

Jehan

I can definitely fix the crop, but is there anything I can do about the blur? How do you avoid blurry photos in the future? I think it may have been caused by my use of F/5.6

Probably doesn't help, best to get up to 7.1 or 8. And get back to basics: better weather, sun at your back in the morning or evening, slow moving or still subject that is close to you.
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:41 pm

Kaphias wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
jelpee wrote:
In addition to what dutchspotter 1 says, they both look quite blurry and over-sharpened to compensate.

Jehan

I can definitely fix the crop, but is there anything I can do about the blur? How do you avoid blurry photos in the future? I think it may have been caused by my use of F/5.6

Probably doesn't help, best to get up to 7.1 or 8. And get back to basics: better weather, sun at your back in the morning or evening, slow moving or still subject that is close to you.

Kind of hard to control the weather with the -8 I'm afraid since we get so few, but as it warms up hopefully I will have better opportunities. I will definitely bump up F stop as well
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:13 am

Hello! I have some more and in the interest of saving forum space I won't make a new thread. I anticipate all these to get rejected for various reasons, but I would like your input to improve my editing/photography.

https://imgur.com/Dbrz9iE (dark)

https://imgur.com/U4kaBno (dark)

https://imgur.com/pLbSo9a (low contrast)

https://imgur.com/YsYcIPD (Distracting background)

https://imgur.com/oZSePni

https://imgur.com/aKBLdaw (Soft)

Did my analysis miss anything?
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:51 am

All of them are poorly cropped.
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:12 pm

dutchspotter1 wrote:
All of them are poorly cropped.

How so? They all seem pretty centered to me. Is there too much white space around the aircraft? Should I crop tighter?
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:33 pm

Unequal space between aircraft and frame edges, poor lighting, too much dead space, and the wing is awkwardly clipped in the first image. Photography is mostly about light, and it's not doing you any favours here unfortunately.
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:02 am

JakTrax wrote:
Unequal space between aircraft and frame edges, poor lighting, too much dead space, and the wing is awkwardly clipped in the first image. Photography is mostly about light, and it's not doing you any favours here unfortunately.

Thank you. What sort of lighting do I want for photos here? I am assuming diffused sunlight on the angle I want to photograph right?
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:02 am

speedbird52 wrote:
JakTrax wrote:
Unequal space between aircraft and frame edges, poor lighting, too much dead space, and the wing is awkwardly clipped in the first image. Photography is mostly about light, and it's not doing you any favours here unfortunately.

Thank you. What sort of lighting do I want for photos here? I am assuming diffused sunlight on the angle I want to photograph right?

For a start: sun at your back, few/no clouds, avoid several hours around the middle of the day when then sun is high in the sky. Use something like www.suncalc.org for reference.
 
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Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:22 pm

Whatever light you have available make sure it is behind you.

If things are dull, keep the aperture up around f/8.0 and try to follow the plane smoothly as it goes past. This will hopefully get you a panning effect and at say 1/100sec it should be sharp from edge to edge of the plane. Slower than that and you start getting one bit of the plane sharper than the other if your photo is at an angle.

The rest is just practicing and experimenting.

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