This just got kicked back with an editing rejection and a personal message: "shooting in to the sun, but no shadows on the front of the plane, looks totally ridiculous. Warning issued"
Is it really "ridiculous"?
I haven't lifted shadows much at all - less than many of my other accepted images to be honest. In any case, the screener is wrong about the sun - it was off to the right by the time the P-1 taxied out. Not that the sun matters at all, because anyone who was there (there are lots of pictures in the DB from the 15th) will tell you the sun was basically not even a factor that day.
Plus, when an aircraft is so close to the ground, the light reflecting from the tarmac does a pretty good job lifting the shadows naturally.
The last time this shot was rejected, it was for "Overexposed, soft, grainy"
So when I re-edited it, you can bet I wasn't brightening the shadows!
I have another pic in the DB, similar motive, shot a little earlier in the day, that was edited more or less the same way:
Photo © Angad Singh
Again, the shadows are typical of a heavily overcast day.