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When Luck Smiled Upon You: 2003  
User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

Alright... is there room left for ONE more retrospective thread? Besides... there's only 5 days left in 2003. And then we'll have to wait another year!  Big thumbs up

Here's the deal... show us one of your photos from this year where you just plain lucked out. And I don't mean luck as in "... and I turned around and there was (reg number) on approach!" I mean something in-camera.

I'll lead by example:


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Photo © William Anthony - AIRFRAMES



When I opened this image up large the first time (and you don't have to to see what I am talking about...), I was happily surprised to get them perfectly square to the lens. Then I noticed the orientation of the Mustang's prop. I still can't believe my luck. The geometry of this photo couldn't have been better if I planned it. I should have played the Lotto that day.

Okay... let's see the fruits of your good fortune!

William


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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

My fruit is in the appeal queue...

But!!! I came over to my brother's room to see what was on the tracker, and I was like... "what's polet?"

Here's the result... after not one, but 2 20 mile trips to and from the airport, Here I have one, the other one (my fruit of 2003) is in the queue.



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Photo © Vitaly Kroychik




I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

While droning around SEA, I saw the afternoon Bristish Airways flight. I stopped, got out, ran off about 2 or 3 shots. Didn't think much of it, went and ate...


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Photo © Jeff Miller



Never thought it would squeeze in the frame with out cutting something off. Just lucky I guess.

v/r
Jeff


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1677 posts, RR: 65
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2486 times:
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Photo © Sam Chui
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Photo © Sam Chui



Pure Luck

Happy Holidays!

Phuketman Sam


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

did someone saw anything about baddoubles in another thread  Innocent  Innocent  Innocent


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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1677 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 2440 times:
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Oh Peter..please don't be sarcastic. What baddouble, 26 of your Concorde photos or 2 photos of my from Phuket of a last 100feet takeoff?

If you read the comment of my shots in there, you found why I upload 2 similar but actually different shots. With such a rare lift up scene I captured, I cannot believe any screener can only allow one shot to be uploaded but not the sequence and the no. of hits also justified the popularity. The 2nd shot I uploaded, is to show WHERE actually the IL96 rotated at, before it gets off the ground. Remember a while ago someone accuse a fake picture of that?

Happy Holidays

Sam


User currently offlineRsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 2423 times:




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You just never know how many hits a paticular shot will be worth here and this shot is evidence of that. I figured 1k maybe 2 at most but 7k and growing blows me away.

I thought this was a interresting shot as I was on final for 27R at ORD. In SEA you dont get a opportunity to shoot A/C on p-approaches so this was a treat.

Happy holidays

Randy




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User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:


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Photo © Mike "Rotor" Nowak



I was sick, had to go to work later in the day, a buddy bailed on meeting me for the show, and the car had problems.. I got to the airshow, didn't feel like taking any photos, so I hid out on the fence to the active ramp. Didn't expect to get anything at all, even as I took the photos I thought I would be happier laying in bed... but when I got home that night and took a peek, I was happy with what I found.

Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

I saw this one as I was on approach to ZRH, so I fired away...

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Photo © Tobias Rose


Another one was the appearance of the very first Frontier A318, cause I don't knew that it was at photo flight.

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Photo © Tobias Rose


Greetings
Tobi



Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

My 2003 aircraft shots can't be considered lucky as I was either :
a) going to the airport anyway
b) told in advance of a particular aircraft (757 at CMF)

My only lucky shots were the ones I got with a little help from our friends at the front  Big thumbs up :

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Photo © William Ronciere



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Photo © William Ronciere



Maybe less lucky, but good weather conditions, rotation at the right moment on the right runway meant these :

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Photo © William Ronciere



Here's to another year of plug...er, shooting Big grin
Will



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offline747 4-ever From Sweden, joined Feb 2001, 604 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

I think I was pretty lucky with this shot, first of all I had the luck to get inside the LTU A320, and when I saw one of my teachers walk by, I tried to get a shot of him. When I checked the shot later, I discovered that the photo were pretty good, considering it is handheld and the computer is a nice addition to it  Smile

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Photo © Daniel & Robert Fall



Robert


User currently offlineGhsweusa From Sweden, joined Jul 2003, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Here is my lucky shot


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Photo © Gunnar Haglund



I waited for her as long as I could and just when I were going to leave when another photographer saw her on the horizon so I waited, then I had to run back to the Underground to get back to LHR on time for my flight back home.
Getting to see this beauty once was well worth this trip.

This one was a lucky one too


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Photo © Gunnar Haglund



One of the most beautiful paintings on a A340.
My next spotting trip abroad will be much more planed then this one was.

//Gunnar Haglund Sweden


User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

Lady luck looked down on me on concordes final day at LHR.

I was stood on a traffic barrier that we had made mobile to look thru the worst mesh fence id ever seen in me life! fell off quite a few times.I took maybe 50 shots of this same pic but only 1 came out any decent due to the fence!





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Photo © Ryan Hemmings





Ryan Hemmings



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User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

I'm pretty sure I have a picture of you trying to get that shot Ryan Smile/happy/getting dizzy


My effort is another Concorde shot, I was sat on the grass shooting some close ups of BOAF and not paying any attention to what was going on elsewhere until I saw BOAG in the viewfinder making her way to the hangars
for the night so I just pressed the shutter as an instant reaction and this is the result:


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Photo © Matthew Willmott-Sharp






Matt



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

Friendly clarification...

These are all great photos, but I meant more along the lines of strange, interesting and unusual things happening IN the photograph itself.




User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 731 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

I think this one counts


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Photo © Colin K. Work



I was tracking the 777 when I sensed rather than saw "something" else in the viewfinder and pressed the shutter. Clearly the composition could have been better, but having spent a lot of effort throughout the year to deliberately do something similar, I realise I was lucky to get anything at all!

The problem is that with a very long lens setup, the angle of view is so small that a) you can't see what's coming until the last second and b) the chances of 2 aircraft co-existing in the frame is very small (and for a very very short time).

So here's a challenge for 2004 - who can get the best "contrail cross" ?

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Um... I definitely say that counts Colin.

Awesome shot.



User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 2212 times:

I was shooting the Blue Angels and *ahem* a boat came floating by...



http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00026372

 Big thumbs up

Dripstick


[Edited 2003-12-27 23:33:42]


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User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
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I went out to take pics of Lufthansa landing at Zagreb and I was riding my bike when I saw something approaching so I speeded up a bit ands barely managed to get to photo site
and take the camera out.
I thought it was a Croatia Airbus but I was quite surprised with winglets when it came close enough


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Photo © Tomislav Muic


I didn't recognize the type immediately,
well if it wasn't written on the plane I doubt I would recognize it at all



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User currently offlineRedfox From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

I went to shoot some lowlight stuff when this appeared in the skies, performing aerobatics!


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Photo © Stephen Fox



 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Stephen Fox


User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Allright, something recently happened that DEFINATELY works in this thread:


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Photo © Mike "Rotor" Nowak



I never even saw the HA 763 approaching. I guess when it entered the frame, I instinctively hit the shutter... in any case, the aircraft BARELY made it in the frame. Plus, both aircraft are very rare catches at SAN.

I think I had a bit of Colon-itus in me that day, catching 2 a/c in one frame without even planning it...

Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

I think I had a bit of Colon-itus in me that day

Try eating more fiber. Big grin

Nice shot Mike. Tony's been telling me about your shots and after seeing some of your firefighting stuff I have to agree that you've got quite an eye.

Time for you to upgrade to an SLR!



User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Eek, I meant Colin-itus! Then again, I am fresh out of metamucil...

SLR = not far, and therein, bigger arms = not far... can't wait for either.

Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

I always wanted to get a nice pic with the rotors "stopped" but since I was a new photographer I didn't think it was going to turn out this nice!

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Photo © Benjamin R Russell



User currently offlinePH-OTO From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 434 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

I accidentaly bumped across this Beluga at AMS, and wasn't at all happy with how it was parked at first. I also had forgotten my ladder, so I had to shoot through the fence.

When she was pulled inside the hangar, things changed.
I had a feeling that this one would work out and it did.


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Photo © Martin Boschhuizen



The shadow of the hangar, the shape of the plane and the morning sun just put it all together for me.


Martin



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User currently offlineSurfSlade From Guinea, joined Oct 2003, 124 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1928 times:


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Photo © Pascal Gaudreau



2 rainbows, I was at the right place at the right time

Pascal



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