I went to the airport to try out my 18-200mm lens, and took this photo (NIKON D90 at 1/1000s, f/8, ISO250, 95mm (35mm eff: 142mm)): I took this through a hole in the fence. In easier conditions I would have the plane further to the right in the pic ... I played around a bit in gimp (levels, contrast, sauration, sharpening, cropping) and got this: I uploaded it to planespotters.net, but it got rejected because it is "too soft" and "bad crop". I'm not here to complain about my photo being rejected, but I would like to know so I can better myself if need be: is my shot bad, or do I suck at post processing? It was quite hazy (big surprise with all the condensation over the wings ...) so i wouldn't surprise me if my photo is as good as it can get ... however I can't help thinking I could have done a better job post processing. Also, how do I make the image less soft? Run it through the unsharp mask another couple of times? If one of you wants to play around with the original: it can be downloaded here (sorry, no direct link). If someone actually does a much better job than me at post processing I would be most grateful to see it, or at least hear what I could have done better!