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    Hi all,
    Many of you might've seen on your news that Sydney recently experienced a massive dust storm. It caused chaos at the airport with several (at least 15-20 I think) go-arounds and many more flight diversions and calcellations. I was out at Sydney Airport that morning and took several pics of the aircraft that could land/depart. The only problem I'm having is the white balance. The dust was very red (typically Australian) and as such the sky had a red hue to it first thing in the morning which turned yellow as the level of light increased. I was just wondering if it is best to change the white balance away from what it was on the day so that the aircraft appear as they would on a 'normal' day, or should I leave it as it was on the day. This post I made on another forum shows the conditions we were dealing with - http://yssyforum.net/board/showpost....8&postcount=60

    Here are some pics I've uploaded, and they accurately represent what we saw on the day. But many of them seem quite yellow. Any and all constructive opinions are most welcome.

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewqueued_b.php?id=2695596

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewqueued_b.php?id=2695548

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewqueued_b.php?id=2695555

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewqueued_b.php?id=2695602

    http://www.jetphotos.net/viewqueued_b.php?id=2695605

    There are some more in queue from later in the day but I think the WB on most of those is acceptable - maybe a JP screener might be interested to give some tips on the others in queue.

    I appreciate that I've put quite a lot of pics up here, and I greatly appreciate any help that can be offered.

    Kind regards,
    Gareth



  • #2
    All the approach shots do nothing for me. The taxi shots seem acceptable to me.

    And btw. the queue is not meant to be used as a temporary storage place for your pics until they gotten through pre-screening. Especially not for a larger batch of photos.

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    • #3
      Hi Seahawk,

      Thanks for the reply - just a note, I actually uploaded these with the intention of them being screened, but I just wanted to make sure they were worth leaving there. I usually link from flickr for other pics.

      Just wondering what specifically is wrong with the approach pics. The Tiger one I am especially fond of (no idea why, I just like the pic haha)

      Thanks again,
      Gareth


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      • #4
        Some of them look way overprocessed, the UA 747 looks really weird especially the contrast and i know there was dust, but some parts are pitch black and some aren't, especially with the wheels, and a few have halos from oversharpening.
        Sam Rudge
        A 5D3, some Canon lenses, the Sigma L and a flash

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        • #5
          Originally posted by g.forwood View Post
          Hi Seahawk,
          Just wondering what specifically is wrong with the approach pics. The Tiger one I am especially fond of (no idea why, I just like the pic haha)

          Thanks again,
          Gareth
          I know that they were taken in a sandstorm but if I simply look at the pic, it could equally be some totally off white balance and some seriously bad processing. The taxi shots make the weather conditions much more obvious for me.

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          • #6
            Ok cool, thanks for the replies guys. I'll have another go at the approach shots and see if they can be recovered, but in the meantime I'll focus on the ground shots. Thanks again.


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            • #7
              Hi Gareth, somewhere in your processing they are developing a halo. Are you using shadow/highlights?
              The attached file shows an equalised shot to make the point!

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              • #8
                Hi AJ,
                I've just started editing RAWs and I think I've overdone the clarity option in PS CS3. I hadn't noticed it before but it's the only thing that seems to have that effect. I'll review the rest of the pics in queue to see if any others have that problem. Thanks heaps for pointing that out


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