Graham Posted January 10, 2014 Share Posted January 10, 2014 As I sit here waiting for the QC results for 10 submissions with over 300 images made between 30 December and 6 January, and fretting in case I might have missed something and be held up for a QC fail instead of in the New Year backlog, I was surprised to see the latest Alamy home page image (the Houses of Pariament at night with streaks of tail lights). As I understand Alamy's quality requirements, pictures should be clear and sharp, and in particular not suffer from camera shake. The Houses of Parliament image is without doubt a striking picture, but as I look at it, I cannot see anything that is sharp, at least not in any area of interest. It looks to me as if both Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are soft: either out of focus or suffering from camera shake, or maybe both. Even the parapet of the bridge does not look sharp to me. The sharpest part of the picture seems to me to be the drain cover on the very right hand side of the picture: hardly a key focal point, or some parts of the light streaks (which do not really need to be bitingly sharp for this type of effect). Personally, however striking the picture is, I would not have submitted this because I would not have expected it to get through QC. But not only has it passed (or slipped through) QC, but presumably Alamy is holding this up as a shining example of acceptable image quality by having it as its greeting to the world logging into the Alamy website today. What do others think? Have I been unduly nervous in not submitting pictures with slight blurriness, akin to this one? Does artistic merit trump technical quality in the case of striking images? Subject to what happens to my currently delayed sumissions, since my initial test submissions several years ago, in nearly 200 submissions comprising over 3,000 pictures, I have only had one QC fail, nearly 2 years ago. Ironically, this was a night-time picture which failed for SOLD (and noise): actually it was tack shark, the main subjects unusually being two carved stone monuments, one on either side of the picture near each edge, with a deliberately out of focus central area, but I guess whoever was doing QC that day did not appreciate the composition, and there was no point in complaining: I simply resubmitted the others, which passed with no problems. Would others have submitted this image to Alamy's QC and have expected it to pass? Graham Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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