|ISO 800, 1/25, F 8.0|
Nice Recovery! To illustrate the point, I simulated the limited area covered by the APS-sized sensor on the full-frame exposure. This approximates what the photo I would have made had I mounted the lens on my D7000 with its appropriate sensor.
Based on a liberal interpretation of the word "acceptable", this image could have been submitted on its technical merit. It's reasonably sharp and properly exposed, and assuming that the word "Return" was the center of attention, properly focused on the areas of greatest importance. It all reinforces a photographic truism: a technically marginal photo of a critical moment is better than a technically excellent photo that doesn't illicit viewer interest.
This is the photo I finally submitted. I thought it spoke to the importance of earning one's citizenship, and the flag in the lapel leaves no doubt as to where this new citizen's loyalties lie. It was never published.