Is it only me or has anybody else gone through this?
I understand that ANET wants high-quality shots of planes and all, but I'm somewhat getting tired of their pixel peeping.
I signed up at ANET around 4 or 5 years ago. I currently have 2 shots accepted. I have around 12 rejected. (*that's bad*)
Four months ago I uploaded a shot of an ATR72 taking off. Rejected - they said that the photo was *ever so slightly* underexposed and that there was a visible dust spot. (Turned out that it wasn't a dust spot, but instead it was a out-of-focus bird that happened to fly by)
And a week ago I, just returning from a 2-week trip into the jungles of Papua, uploaded a shot of a LongRanger flying by. Gave it around 20 minutes of post-processing until it looked alright to me, and sent it up.
Today, after much waiting for a response, I received the much-loved letter of rejection that my photo was soft. Good thing I didn't delete my uploaded JPEG, I just went back to Photoshop and beefed up the sharpness a bit more.
Not to sound like a noob who doesn't know a bit about photography, but I am growing tired of waiting for weeks and weeks only to get the "Sorry, your photo was rejected (again) because the pixels in your photo weren't aligned the way we wanted it." In this case, I purposely chose not to sharpen my photo that much so that the blue PK-HME registration letters won't be eye-piercingly sharp. But apparently, ANET wants photos to be so sharp that you'll cut your eyeballs just by looking at them.
I originally joined ANET so that I can share photos of unique aircraft doing unique things in a unique place (unlike the typical BA 747 taxiing at Heathrow, or the cliche SXM beach landings), but it looks like ANET isn't interested in photography, but instead pixels. If this is the fact, I believe I have better things to put my time into instead of this.
If I'm wrong, then please correct me, but as for now, I'm pretty disappointed with ANET - not a childish grudge, but actually disappointed.