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Badmotive Rejection -- Advice Needed  
User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

This photo has been rejected for badmotive. I'd like to know why. Is it the angle? Or the soldiers under the aircraft? Grateful for advice.


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

To me it just lacks "purpose". It looks like one of those shots people get when they have unusual access to a flight line, they get excited and have no idea what angle to shoot, so they shoot the wingtip. What are you trying to show us with that photo? Also, having another plane directly behind the nose of the subject aircraft does not help. If you're going to shoot static aircraft at an airshow, you have to be very picky and selective of what, when, and how you shoot the subject.

User currently offlineWaketurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1311 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

I am in total disagreement with JeffM on this one. The motive of the a/c is great, but the blue bucket and soldiers is what really takes away from the photo for me, other then that I like it a lot.

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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2930 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

What strikes me as odd in this photo from this angle is that the aircraft nose is so obviously sleek and fast looking. The wingtip however from this angle and the lens choice looks like that of a C-152, chunky and square. Sadly, not every aircraft works well for wingtip photos. In this instance, the frame is dominated by a big slash of flat grey wing. Simply not a pleasant angle to view this aircraft. IMHO.

User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

Thanks for the comments. I don't want to defend the photo -- you either like it or you don't. Just to explain the rationale behind it, I was trying for a composition which uses the wing as the starting-point that leads the eye to the rest of the aircraft. I wanted to emphasise the bulk of the aircraft and the size of the wings that are needed to bear its weight in the air. Far from getting all excited and snapping away blindly, I waited quite a long time to get the shot as free from obstructions as I could.

But in any case I'm sure this photo didn't get badmotive because the screener thought it wasn't pretty. There must have been a more specific reason and I'm hoping I can find out what it is.

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User currently offlineLHRsunriser From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

I think it would help if the whole aircraft was in the photo. The tip of the wing seems to drown out the actual aircraft.

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User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2465 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 2942 times:
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I think the bad motive was for the bag in front of the nose wheel.(infront from the viewing angle)
Just a thought otherwise a great picture and something different.
Me personally you are showing something out of the norm and in my books greatly welcomed.
Keep up the great work.

[Edited 2005-08-09 13:06:14]

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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2918 times:


I appreciate your comments. Regarding the bag in front of the nosewheel, I have this sinking feeling that you're right.


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