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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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Hi everyone, 

I am interested in why this image was refused. I am still in the learning process. 
I started shooting in raw recently and with manual settings. Then I edited the image with LrCm. 

Also which LrC features are better to avoid for a better chance poof pictures to be accepted? 

Thanks in advance

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Community Expert , Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

White Balance is definitely too magenta. The image is not in sharp focus, which editing cannot fix. There is also chromatic aberration throughout. Most of the birds in the sky and in the beach are quite blurry, and indication that your shutter speed was too slow.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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White Balance is definitely too magenta. The image is not in sharp focus, which editing cannot fix. There is also chromatic aberration throughout. Most of the birds in the sky and in the beach are quite blurry, and indication that your shutter speed was too slow.

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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Thanks for the helpful advice. Shutter speed at 2000 or standing in the water with wind (protected area). Any idea which one did the most damage in this case? 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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A shutter speed of 1/2000 should have frozen the moving birds; perhaps the wind buffeting your lens created camera movement, or perhaps you're not able to hold the camera steady enough. Do you use a tripod?

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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No, I don't, but I really start to see the importance of having one with me. Especially now wind season is here. Next month I'm in Europe, so I'll buy one. I'm too far out to order things online 😉 Thank you again for the advice, so helpful. 

 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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A shutter speed of 1/2000 should have frozen the moving birds;


By @Jill_C

The lens is the issue, well, besides the processing. At the borders the lens is becoming terribly bad:

Abambo_0-1686914424552.png

 

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Expert ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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Zooming into 100% on this photo is where you will spot the flaws that @Jill_C mentioned.  See my screenshot.

Also in the screenshot are the results I got with using the eye dropper white balance tool on one of the waves towards the left.  Not a perfect science as how white the wave is can be debated, but it removed much of the color cast from my perspective.

Don't get too discouraged with rejections, I think they are great opportunities to learn more about the process as well as grow our photography skills.  Cheers!


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Hi George, thank you for the advice. Much appreciated. I don't see any screenshot, but I don't get discouraged, I promise. I wasn't born to give up 😉 
I am really at the beginning of taking a hobby to a new level so I still have a lot to learn. But I live in Bora Bora and have great opportunities to make great pictures. Bit sad that this session might be wasted as it's so hard to get to that island. I'm just struggling with the settings still. There's lots of sun to work with lol. As a landscape photographer yourself, you have tips for the settings in these situations like shutter speed, aperture and iso? I read so many different things online. And what lens is best? Sorry for all the questions. 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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Hello,

Better read this about Lightroom:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/tutorials.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/how-to/quick-tips-lightroom-classic.html

The photo is way too magenta as @Jill_C pointed out and the birds are too blurry to be accepted. I'm afraid you can't fix this one for stock!

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Ohm thank you so much. That might be very helpful indeed, although I think I still have a lot to improve in the photography itself.  Thanks for the help 🙂 

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LEGEND ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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"Shutter speed at 2000 or standing in the water with wind..." You probably need to set up easier shots, because Adobe don't make any allowance for how difficult it was to get them; even a unique shot of an animal thought to be extinct would be rejected if it were not perfectly focussed or had blur ! Many tripods are waterproof , may be worth noting.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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It was a day trip, nothing big. Adobe is full of pictures from this island it was just a nice opportunity for me. But yes, I start to see the importance of not shooting 200 lucky shots but rather 20 very good steady shots with the right settings. So yes, when I'm in Europe next month, I'll buy a tripod. Thanks 🙂 

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