Buzz Lightyear: Alex: great shot. Whatever aircraft you were flying in to take this photo must have had a clean windshield!
Thank you Buzz. It was another F-16 and unfortunately the canopy was not as clean as I would liked to be. Also, I missed my 30mm prime that day, along with my beloved polarized filter.
RuthC: This is no ordinary shot of a plane in the air! It's a very unique capture by you, alex326, of an F-16, with incredible sharpness and detail. We on the ground can only admire your courage and skill to be up there in the blue skies, flying an equally speedy jet, AND taking superb photos at the same time! A fabulous picture, and deserving of a top place in this weekly challenge. Ruth :-)
Thank you Ruth, you are so kind as usual.Best regards,
Actually a Mitsubishi F-2.
FrankS009: My photo was disqualified because the pilot, pictured loading the plane herself with supplies for delivery to a remote location, did not wear a uniform. Bush pilots seldom do, especially in the heat of July. The pilot pictured is also owner of the freight company to whom the Beaver belongs.
As for the crew not being the central focus, I think loading the plane is a story that includes both crew and aircraft.
In the lower part of the image, underneath the EXIF information, on the right side, there is a "Withdraw" button. It's your call to use it during any phase of a challenge upload/voting/showcasing.
You have always the option to withdraw it yourself. The only thing I can do is to disqualify an image (if is not compliant with the rules of the challenge). You provided an explanation and I accepted that, cancelling the DQ.
Again, the individual was obviously not the main subject and there is nothing to say that is a pilot. I will requalify the picture if you insist an let the people vote on that.
1 - the person who is loading the airplane is on the left edge of the picture and about one quarter of the body is outside of the frame.2 - there is nothing in the picture or in the notes to say that that person who is loading the box is the pilot - could be anyone else.3 - it is obvious in that picture that the main subject is the actual airplane and the presumed pilot accidentally happened to be in the frame.
Steel City: Not sure how my pic doesn't meet the challenge rules (main subject and wearing flight gear/uniform). Looking at some shots posted, you can barely see the "aircrew" which definitely violates the "main subject" rule. I am an aircraft mechanic which is definitely not part of the aircrew (as we have no inflight duties) but since you listed them I chose a shot featuring mechanics performing a pre-departure inspection. They are wearing what a mechanic wears and have a reflective vest on which is part of the ramp rules. Good luck with your challenge.
Hello,Maybe I should have made thing a bit more clear on the mechanics. I was considering the onboard mechanics / flight engineers who are part of the actual aircrew (not the ground crew).As I'm a pilot myself, I have a great respect for alll the ground crew, but simply this challenge was focused on the aircrew. I had an Aircraft mechanics challenge in the past, that was not really successful see http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=7514I will try another one in the near future.Coming back to your picture, the main subject is obviously the aircraft - the people around are barely visible. There are some other pictures that don't meet the challenge rules but I simply did not have the time yet to analyze them yet. Thank you for understanding.
eaa: I got a PM feedback from the challenge Admin, saying one of my entries have been disqualified because it (quote pm) "It's too silhouette like".Sadly the PM cannot be replied to as a system account (?), so I resort to asking here...
The picture showed a scenic sunset landscape, shot during cold winter conditions, with a very vivid and warm natural lighting. The foreground is two big birches, standing in silhouette towards the evening sky. Why that is not in compliance w/ the challenge rules, I don't understand. The rules do not say anything about silhouettes....
The picture (in a smaller version) can be seen here:http://www.pbase.com/eaaseth/image/90657528/original
Can the host please elaborate?
The rules are lax and confusing, and unfortunately poorly enforced. I wonder how many pictures with grass still green and flowers are taken at temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius, as requested in the introduction of the challenge. To be honest, I have no clue how the host could judge would judge what was the actual temperature when the image was taken. One of the pictures has in its description a statement that says "...unusually warm winter in Poland" and it is in stark contradiction with the "< 15 degrees Celcius" (sic!) rule.Personally I just gave a 1 star rating to all the pictures that obviously do not comply with the challenge rules, although some of them are nice images and would get high marks in other context. Those images should have been disqualified by the host from the very beginning.Apparently the only rule that really applies in this challenge is the last one "The 's action (or inaction) is up to him". This is not a proper way to host a DPR challenge!
The winning picture was the subject of unfair voting, probable from multiple accounts. There were 10 scores of 5 stars were recorded on Jan 4, 2015 from 16:16 to 16:41, from different users who voted solely on that specific picture. This was the users first participation to a challenge and should not be the way to proceed like that in the future. That was an obvious fraud and I decided to disqualify the picture. I disqualified cheaters in the past and, although I don't like to do this in the voting or showcasing phases, I will not hesitate to do the same for future fraud attempts like that.
Solar Ben: I really enjoyed voting in this challenge. Lots of pictures that i like!
Many great pictures indeed. One of the best challenges this year.
Actually a MiG-17.
Very cool! It reminds me how I started my carreer many years ago...
Ship: "large buoyant watercraft. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on size, shape and cargo or passenger capacity. Ships are used on lakes, seas, and rivers for a variety of activities, such as the transport of people or goods, fishing, entertainment, public safety, and warfare. Historically, a "ship" was a sailing vessel with at least three square-rigged masts and a full bowsprit." (Wikipedia)
purelightglow: No entry - I put subtle watermarks on my photos.
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Wikipedia: "A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer."
How many pictures in this challenge are compliant with the definition above and out of the rest, how many are "High quality"?
VENTURE-STAR: Excellent video. Before I started watching, the questions in my mind were lenses and reflection control. Both were well answered. I wonder what would happen in an emergency if you were carrying two substantial cameras in such a confined space? Would they get in the way of an ejection or escape?
In case of an ejection all that gear could hurt you really bad. Prior to ejection you have two options (if you have a few seconds):1 - put it aside in a position where it cannot be hit by the upward going seat2 - put in on your lap (or better between legs) and leave the aircraft togetherHaving the camera strapped to your neck (especially a big DSLR) might break your neck, as the forces during the ejection exceed 25g.