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On challenge Aircrew (13 comments in total)
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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.

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
I 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.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
On photo Our Zeplin Pilot in the Aircrew challenge (2 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 18:12 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On challenge - Warm Winter - (Full Rich Colours + Border) (5 comments in total)
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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:

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!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 08:50 UTC
On challenge Family Christmas (1 comment in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 06:49 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Pentax K Series (9 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 08:20 UTC
On photo MIG 19 in the Reaching for the Skies challenge (1 comment in total)

Actually a MiG-17.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 06:52 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hanging with the clouds in the Reaching for the Skies challenge (3 comments in total)

Very cool! It reminds me how I started my carreer many years ago...

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 00:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On challenge Ship wrecks (1 comment in total)

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)

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 17:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9874 (2 comments in total)
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purelightglow: No entry - I put subtle watermarks on my photos.

I'm sorry.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 18:40 UTC
On photo DSC_8288 in AncaDumi's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

6/13/2014 6:17:37 AM

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 09:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9818 (6 comments in total)

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"?

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 18:30 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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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 seat
2 - put in on your lap (or better between legs) and leave the aircraft together
Having the camera strapped to your neck (especially a big DSLR) might break your neck, as the forces during the ejection exceed 25g.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 15:03 UTC
On photo Early Flyer Model in the Aviation museums II challenge (2 comments in total)
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Rajamurthy: Are pics of scaled models allowed?

In this case, it is allowed based on the description.It must be something about an aviation museum. For instance the pilot and sailor statues in front of the Naval Aviation Museum are allowed. The same for the buildings, uniforms, pins or other artifacts belonging to an aviation museum.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
On photo Exploding Planets in the High speed photography challenge (3 comments in total)

Awesome and very creative!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 14:37 UTC as 3rd comment
On Challenge:9160 (15 comments in total)
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australopithecus: What is a Pilot Watch ?

Right on target, thanks for help. I will update the rules.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
On Challenge:8925 (17 comments in total)
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Nigel J Watts: That's why it's called impossible ????,

or similar web page - interesting - I wonder how they do it

I don't know if you intended that but it also could be in a jet or rocket engine. Their nozzles (and intakes in the case of a jet engine) are wide openings that allow a good view inside the running engine.
Jet engines are combustion engines - nobody said it should be the piston engine of your car. The same applies to the steam engine.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 18:22 UTC
On Challenge:8925 (17 comments in total)

The camera must be inside the engine or the picture should see the interior of the engine through a hole? Maybe you should clarify this in the rules prior to challenge opening.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 09:12 UTC as 10th comment
On Challenge:8791 (5 comments in total)
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tarakanchik: Wow, a ton of beautiful pictures in this one! I can see most of these hanging on my wall, having said that though, as a wallpaper some of these would be a little to involved. As in, If I had to look for an icon among a rich colorful field of flowers I'd probably get a bit frustrated. I guess I like my wallpapers simple :)

I think that you should set rules to encourage real photography not fantasy photoshoping. The images (I can't call them photos) placed on 3rd and 8th places are such obvious Photoshop compositions! At least the mosque on the 8th place has a huge amount of white fringe that I could call it as a bad edit even for a Photoshop contest.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 05:12 UTC
On photo The Boss in the Lego Toys II challenge (1 comment in total)


Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 18:43 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:8791 (5 comments in total)
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tarakanchik: Wow, a ton of beautiful pictures in this one! I can see most of these hanging on my wall, having said that though, as a wallpaper some of these would be a little to involved. As in, If I had to look for an icon among a rich colorful field of flowers I'd probably get a bit frustrated. I guess I like my wallpapers simple :)

Some very good indeed. Given the generosity of the theme I had very high hopes and one week later I 'm fairly disappointed as I found (too) many sunsets, beaches, trees and flowers.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 16:15 UTC
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