|Quoting vzlet (Thread starter):|
I'm seeking a better understanding of what screeners look for in these types of shots -- does the background play a role?
While there have been changes on the screening side, both in terms of the team and the procedure, I think I remember a former head screener (Dana) saying in someone's feedback thread, probably one of mine, that background exposure is secondary to the image.
That's not to say backlit shots are acceptable with a blown sky and a correctly exposed aircraft, but if you're blowing some highlights in the background of a bright shot or clipping blacks in the periphery of a dark shot, you should be ok.
The comparisons you've linked to look more than ok in my opinion. As you say, there are similar shots in the DB
and the a/c are light about as well as photos shot in daylight.
I myself have had a couple of shots with noticeably blown background elements accepted in the past year:
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Photo © Angad Singh - Zone Five Aviation
(the building behind the An-32, the building and Il-38 behind the MiG-29K and the entire
top half of the A320 behind the Ka-31)
But maybe you should wait for a screener to weigh in.