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On photo NO CROP! in the Best Aviation Photo ever... Period. challenge (1 comment in total)

I think you'll find airliners like this are flying at under 160mph at this stage of the flight. Still fast though.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Peregrine Falcon in the Best Wildlife Photo of the Week - 4 challenge (5 comments in total)

Great image of a fleeting moment. I was wondering how you managed to be ready to take it, then I saw your occupation! I guess you have a head start on the rest of us.
Congratulations on winning.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:20 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Flare-well to a Classic Flying Machine in the Flying Machines challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks both and to all the voters. For once there were no 0.5s at all.
I've tried several times to get a good picture of flares being fired at an airshow but this is the first time it produces a pleasing image.
It was quite a bright day but by the time I'd reduced the exposure of the RAW image to minimise the burn out of the flares it looks rather mean and moody. Oh and I put a bit of dark vignette on to emphasise the helicopter more.
It was taken at Yeovilton, the home of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Lean low and look ahead in the Motorsport challenge (3 comments in total)
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NilsBV: A great action shot and a beautiful tight crop.

Glad you liked it. I'm pleasantly surprised it won.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
On photo IMPRESSIONIST AUTUMN DP in the Water Colours (Nature) challenge (1 comment in total)

Great photo for this challenge. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 22:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo B-17-0028 in the Aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

For info it is a Consolidated B24 (Liberator as we named them in Britain) rather than a Boeing B17 as your title suggests. Far fewer B24s left than B17s yet at one point the factory at Willow Run, which was built from scratch in a green field site,had them rolling off the end of the production line at one per hour.
It was a magnificent achievement for mass production.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo RAF Aircraft 1 in the Aircraft challenge (1 comment in total)

It is a Hercules (C130)

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 20:45 UTC as 1st comment

Thanks everyone. The Gorilla is a non silverback male in one of the several groups that have been habituated to human presence and are the basis of a significant tourist industry in Uganda and Ruanda. Trackers set out each morning to find the groups by tracking them from where they were seen the previous day. When (if) found, the allocated group of tourists are taken by vehicle to the closest point on the roads then the guides take them on foot for varying lengths of hike over varying terrain. We only had an hour of walk mostly ok walking before a steep descent to where the group was. We got there at 11and were allowed an hour with them before the Gorillas are allowed to be on their own until it starts again the next day. We were lucky to get close to the handsome looking male who is known to tolerate close approach. We saw others too. This one looked at my camera for just two frames out of many.
I've got a 5D mkiii now which might have done even better but the 50D did well.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 21:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Ramex Delta in the Airshow Season challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot, Trevor.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 09:27 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Merry horses in the Best Pictuere Period! challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on the photo and the win. I too would be intrigued to know how this wonderful photo was taken.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Oil Pastels in the Circular challenge (2 comments in total)
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Robert Evagelista: Almost :)

Maybe in another challenge it might win. I'm always looking at things like this but never seem to get a picture I'm pleased with.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On photo Orange Bubbles in the Circular challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent entry Ruth. I'm sorry I did not vet in this challenge.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I assume that flash was used here since 1/50 sec seems kind of slow to freeze a moving creature.

Give it a go if near Monterey though you'll need something to bounce if as walls are distant and dark plus permission will be needed as flash is discouraged.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 05:51 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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T bird: I didn't know how to vote on this photo. Obviously interesting but no context. War scene or what? What does it mean?

Like Van Morrison sang - "It ain't why, it just is." I thought it was my best picture of that week. I could not decide if it would help by putting details in so I left them out.
See below the host's comments for details. The helicopters are British military with a Royal Navy Wildcat on the left as you look at it and an army Apache on the right. The explosions are set off on the ground as a loud finale to a tactical helicopter assault demonstration. No helicopters were hurt during the taking of this picture!

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)

Thanks for the comments. Details of the what went on are in a reply to the host below.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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RuthC: This picture is Adrenalin Heaven, cjf2, and it deserves first place in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. It's a fantastic capture, with so much dramatic action, all the bells and whistles Airshow junkie could hope for. The soft blue sky above, with two hovering helicopters contrasts with the raging furnace below, in its awesome magnificence. I can only imagine the powerful noise accompanying this inferno!
Ruth :-)

Thanks Ruth. I'm interested to note that the blue sky should come out first in a list of aspects of the picture worthy of mention!
This is the finale of the Yeovilton airshow in England which is the main base for the Royal Navy's fleet air arm. The finish each year with a mock battle and I'd watched from the other side f the aerodrome before and wondered if it was possible to get helicopters with flame and or smoke in the background. It was but I was a little disappointed that the helicopters (which are in front of the wall of flame) were not hovering low enough to have a flame filled background. There were other helicopters above the picture and nearer to me so as you say it was pretty noisy. Having said that the number of helicopters involved seem to reduce each year but then we haven't got as many any more.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
On photo Apocalypse Now in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
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Robert Evagelista: You are going to win...
Land slide...

You got my Vote!

You were right! I wasn't so sure people would like it but I'm pleased they did.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 05:41 UTC
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I assume that flash was used here since 1/50 sec seems kind of slow to freeze a moving creature.

No it is not taken with flash. It is behind glass and flat on lighting would not show the same detail. The lens has IS, the jellyfish is not moving quickly as it floats and the shutter speed is not so slow for the focal length. I took a number of shots and some had a bit of blur.
Oh I forgot to say this is in the aquarium at Monterey.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 19:13 UTC
On photo Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish from west coast of USA in the Salute to Jellyfish challenge (7 comments in total)

I'm glad people enjoyed it. As you can see from some of the other entries this presentation of jellyfish with mood lighting and a contrasting blue background is not uncommon in aquariums. The creature and the aquarium deserve most of the plaudits but I did hold the camera ready and frame it! Oh and I also inverted it as it looked better that way up.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Arctic Tern in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)
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Grant1958: Awesome

Glad you likes it. See details above.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:51 UTC
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