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Mark Loken

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  1. Betty,


    Thank you for the deep explanation - it really opens up a lot of insight and things to think about.


    I never thought of selling images before this photo and do realize that I have much to learn when it comes to pixel peeping. :) 


    I primarily use LR, but also use GIMP with Darktable.


    I know that zoomed out to 280mm with no tripod, and at a low shutter speed that sharpness will be an issue - especially when reacting to that moment.


    I am just trying to understand if there is a possibility to try and salvage this and if it could be good enough to pass QC. Do I want to waste time on this or just forgo it and look forward to the next unexpected shot...LOL








  2. Thank you.


    I did shoot RAW, I just wasn't sure what is his comment meant about the RAW images.


    I guess my main question is: Do you think this image is salvageable to pass QC with the proper corrections?


    I realize I need to step back and focus on uploading simpler images, but curious about this photo in particular.




  3. Thank you for your comments! I really appreciate it :)


    To be honest, I was only really thinking of selling this one image - the full wide shot, and then the more zoomed in crop. I was thinking that this was a once in a lifetime photo that maybe I could make some money as I can't find any other images out there close to something like this. Since I have been learning more about this, I am looking forward to expanding this to more photos. I just need to practice on getting better more sharp photos.


    Yeah, the shutter speed was definitely too slow than what I would have chosen had I was known a plane was going to come around the lighthouse. It happened so quickly I am surprised I got what I did. Normally I would have had only the water in focus and one wing clipped...LOLOL


    If I understand the comment about RAW correctly I could submit RAW? I need to google mottling...haven't heard of that term before.








  4. Hello All,


    What would be your opinion on the best settings for photos to pass the QC check?


    I have this one image that is an awesome shot (1951 Grumman Albatross flying close to the a lighthouse), but I fear that it isn't quite good enough to sell.


    I used a Sony A77II with a 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 lens. ISO 50, F5.6, 1/200th sec, 280mm. I was lining up for the lighthouse dialing in the settings and then the plane came...I didn't have it in continuous mode and of course the settings were not what I would have chosen had I not had to react so quickly. I tried to submit and received a noise failure, corrected that, but then get a softness issue the second time.





    The image was exported from the original setting with no crop...10.6MB JPEG

    Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.






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