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PHOTO: Gearwheels. Lighting

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jsandstrom
Member is a contributor and has less than 250 Photo downloads
Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:30AM
Hi,

I just got approved as contributor and submitted my first file (actually one of the 3 files that got me in).


Here is a link to the file: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/27991059_GcbxxL


The photo was rejected with the following note:

"..We found the overall composition of this file's lighting could be improved. Some of the technical aspects that can all limit the usefulness of a file are:


-Flat/dull colors
-Direct on-camera flash and/or flash fall-off (bright subject, dark background)
-Harsh lighting with blown-out highlights that lack details and/or distracting shadows
- Distracting lens flares
-Incorrect white balance...


...Once the above issue(s) with this image have been rectified, we will be happy to review it again for addition to our library.  Please be sure to address ALL of the above issues prior to resubmission..."

I have a feeling the main reason could be related to flat colors but it would be really helpful to hear your comments on what is missing before I start trying to correct the picture.

Thanks in advance
Jan

(Edited on 2013-02-13 04:19:04 by kelvinjay)
Difydave
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:45AM
Yes, it's not that bad but it's a bit "flat and dull" a fairly mild S curve adjustment should fix it. Watch the noise in the out of focus areas. Particularly near the top it looks a bit grainy to me.
esp_imaging
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:21AM
It looks like you have a bit of lateral camera shake here - there is a bit of a ghost image of the vertical, in-focus line of the gear axle. There aren't many other high-contrst vertical lines in the shot so it isn't as obvious elsewhere, but the shot overall doesn't look quite sharp.

(Edited on 2013-02-13 04:28:09 by esp_imaging)
Difydave
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:38AM
Posted By esp_imaging:
It looks like you have a bit of lateral camera shake here - there is a bit of a ghost image of the vertical, in-focus line of the gear axle. There aren't many other high-contrst vertical lines in the shot so it isn't as obvious elsewhere, but the shot overall doesn't look quite sharp.

(Edited on 2013-02-13 04:28:09 by esp_imaging)


I'd missed that! Need new eyes!


 
donald_gruener
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:13PM
Actually, I'd say this may well have been a mis-click by the Inspector. The lighting is quite reasonable but the blur is significant and it should have received a focus rejection. You would need to downsize quite a bit to improve the chances of approval.

The white balance is a little on the blue side and could use a slight warming.
jsandstrom
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:17AM

Thanks everyone for your feedback!


I'm glad I submitted this to the forum and thereby avoided spending time on fixing a smaller color problem which would probably just have lead to a second rejection.


It's funny but I had not noted the ghost shadow myself, now when you pointed it out it is very obvious. I think I'll just leave this one behind and move on to a picture that provides a better starting point.
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