Posted Sun Feb 24 10:23AM
I submitted two photos of trees in winter. The vertical format shot was accepted and has already been downloaded. The horizontal shot was rejected with no resubmit. I could understand a "too similar" rejection but is the composition of the horizontal shot particularly poor?
Full size rejected
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(Edited on 2013-02-24 10:28:34 by DWithers)
Posted Sun Feb 24 11:35AM
At 100% focus of the rejected file is not that great, not sure why as all the camera settings looked appropriate.It just appears a little soft. So the initial impression wasn't a good one. The subject itself is pretty common and the composition is not particularly interesting or compelling. The lighting as well isn't great, the trees are mostly backlit and side lit.
All in all, I'm inclined to agree with the inspector who rejected it. It's not terrible by any means, just not that interesting, rare or good. The accepted version looks a little sharper at 100% on the main tree and the composition is a little better balanced.
I'm a pretty harsh judge and wouldn't have accepted either, so it's probably a good job I'm not an inspector but if I were you I'd just be happy that I got one of them accepted. Obviously you can appeal to Scout for an official 2nd opinion if you think it's worth pursuing.
Posted Mon Feb 25 3:52PM
Thanks Kelvin. I suppose two marginal shots could go either way. However, I am glad that you were not the inspector!
I have one file with 50 downloads that was initially rejected and subsequently accepted by scout. I don't think I will bother with this one though.