New tarmac photos.
These photographs show the same plane under the same lighting conditions
as the original tile version, but with a new tarmac background.
In Photoshop, the photos were reduced 50% from the original, and
the quality was set to 8, verses 6 for the photos taken with the
Being a very shiny red, this model was very difficult to photograph
and then process in Photoshop.
- In the original photo:
The shiny and highly-reflective red surface
causes flare to form where the lighting reflects off the fuselage.
Also a darker area forms around the upper edge of the fuselage.
- In Photoshop:
Reducing the quality of the photo to 8 (which must be done to
reduce the size of the photo to a manageable level), causes the
flare to pixelate, giving the photo a grainy appearance.
It seems the best way to get around the photographic
part of the problem is to fill the frame with as much of the plane
as possible. This increases the quality of the basic image.
The way around the Photoshop problem is to experiment
with the quality setting to get the best balance between image quality
and file size.
Background. The background
in the tarmac photos has more variation and color, which adds more
interest. The new background also softens the darker edges on the
red fuselage. This reduces graininess.
The new tarmac photo files are actually two thirds
the size of the original photo files taken with the tile background.