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RAF photos of the year gives glimpse of high-flyer life

By dpreview staff on Oct 31, 2013 at 08:00 GMT
2013 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition Finalists
1 2 3 4 5 6 12

2013 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition Finalists

Category A - Photographic Section Portfolio 2013. 'This Love Is On Fire' Corporal Paul Oldfield, 21 October 2013

Source: Royal Air Force

Comments

Total comments: 22
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (5 months ago)

#3 is my favourite!

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Juck
By Juck (5 months ago)

Bravo,,, #12 is astonishing

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amoebaman
By amoebaman (5 months ago)

the others are good, but #12 is awe-inspiring

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Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (5 months ago)

Have a look at this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-24672979

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Iso1975
By Iso1975 (5 months ago)

Nº 12 is fantastic

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peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Good pictures - for Royal Amusement Fraternity.

Real airforce pictures look like these:
http://www.google.com/search?q=aerial+strike+iraq&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

Its a competition. So, that is to be expected.

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papillon_65
By papillon_65 (5 months ago)

"Real airforce pictures" ? The RAF is the "real airforce", the oldest independent airforce in the world, not sure where you're coming from with that silly comment.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

RAF might have been a real airforce about 100 years ago. Now they are just as real as these dudes in high hats "protecting" your queen a real army.

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User1961agy
By User1961agy (5 months ago)

You obviously don't subscribe to the adage "Better keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than open it and remove all doubt." Indeed, you seem to delight in displaying your ignorance to the world at large. You may wish to explain to the families of the 36 Guardsmen (the "dudes in high hats", are front line infantry when not on ceremonial duty ) killed in action in Afghanistan to date, that apparently, they are not in a real army. Presumably, all of the 446 British Forces personnel killed in action in Afghanistan are part of the 'pretend' Army/Air Force/Navy as well. If the RAF was only a 'real air force' about 100 years ago, who the hell defeated the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain 73 years ago?

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (6 months ago)

Great shots. No 2 stood out as something special.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (6 months ago)

Call me Mr. Grumpy, but I mainly see many oversaturated, overexposed and overprocessed photos...
I like some, though, like Nos. 4-5-6-10.
Not much else.

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shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (6 months ago)

Not grumpy at all, perfectly right. The truth is that professionals simply don't know what they are doing. What the RAF needs is a bunch of good armchair captains to round up their photo compilations and kick out the riffraff. Your comment has convinced me to put full support behind you. Show those professionals how to do their job!

Gogogo!

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (6 months ago)

Thats because your not interested in the photo itself, your interested in the the technical aspects ofthe photo.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (6 months ago)

1. Are you implying that an amateur cannot criticise a professional, ever?
What do you do when you see, say, a pro guitarist fumbling over the fingerboard with a super-distorted effect plugged in? Based on your post you are only allowed to gape in awe because he's the pro and you're the amateur.

2. I never suggested nor implied that I was able to take better photos than those guy here, however this seems to be one of the main targets of you're ridicule.

3. I'd like to point out that there are far better photos online, made by amateurs (on aviation/flightsim enthusiasts fora, or sites like Jetphotos, for instance), and these here are supposedly the best photos from the best photogs who work with RAF and have therefore access to some locations/events which are restricted to the general public (and therefore also to amateur photogs). (continues)

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (6 months ago)

4. I take pictures as a hobby, and when one of my pictures has good composition, portrays an interesting subject, but I've been sloppy with, say, exposure or pp (RAW development, mainly), then I'm not happy with what I've done.
I'm not a "pro", in the sense that I don't get a living out of it, but had I been up to similar quality standards in my job (which is not photography) I think I would have been fired immediately. There's a fierce competition in almost every field nowadays.

5. @: Are you then suggesting that professionals should only worry about subject and composition? That's beyond preposterous.

6. You say I should care about the content of those photos, not the form: well I admit I did not say that in the first place, but most of these are flat and unimaginative under this perspective as well. Hell, many of those don't even tell a story.
(continues)

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (6 months ago)

7. If I had equally flattered every single gallery here then my praise would be devoided of significance.
I'm happy to comment favourably on the many astounding photos and portfolios Dpreview regularly publishes (and those get much more comments than this one, go figure...), and give praise to those who, IMHO, rightfully deserve it.
However, I'm sorry to say, that's not the case.

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

LensBeginner: I am a professional artist and have taught photo for some time. I agree this your initial impressions.

Just a suggestion: be careful not to be too thin skinned here. Someone will likely always be willing to stick a hook in it.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

I think the images are good. There are other images that are good in other ways and of course also "gooder" in many ways.

You have to understand that this is a photo competition. Competition seldom results in the uttermost fantastic images. If you want really good images then you should probably look at awarded images instead.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (5 months ago)

@Roland Karlsson
wait... shouldn't the winner of the competition get... an award!? :-D We'll see who the winner will be

@b craw
Thanks for your kind words,
I hope that you noticed the tone of my rebuttal, which was, I do believe - calm and self-controlled

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Alpha Whiskey Photography
By Alpha Whiskey Photography (6 months ago)

Stunning photos. I think for the last one, he may have intended the title to be "Slip the SURLY bonds of Earth..." by John Gillespie Magee, used by Peggy Noonan to write a speech for President Reagan to describe the fate of the Challenger Shuttle crew in 1986. "Slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God."

Amazing photo nonetheless. :)

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Radu Tenenbaum
By Radu Tenenbaum (6 months ago)

That last photo is indeed amazing and your proposed title fits perfectly.

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