Diezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4120 times:
After reading all the threads about the screening process, the frustration, the unfairness and whatever more which might not be fair or not right about this site and after reading the (great) thread about the screening process, I just asked myself do I really care? And guess what...the answer is no!
I like planes and I like photography and more than that I like it when those two things come together in the perfect picture. I'm a planner and so normally have a plan when I go to the airport. I try to execute that plan and usually it works out for 50 or 60%. But sometimes I get the full 100% and then I receive "The Kick" and usually I know it at the moment I press that shutter button.
I know for sure that at least some of you feel the same. So let's forget the screening process and acceptance rates for a while and show some of your pictures which gave you The Kick. Plugging is allowed but share the story. I'll start:
I was trying for a while to take the ultimate take-off shot in dusk or dawn light. A shot which is done so very well by Wietse de Graaf and Luis Rosa. After struggling with the right exposure, time of day and position along the runway I got it finally right! It's by far not my picture with the most hits but I got a kick from it.
Aviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3998 times:
I was guiding a free lance photographer who was going to shoot some images for our biggest newspaper The Telegraph.
After telling him the story about the aircraft and showing him both in- and outside he went to work............. well sort of.
His camera bag did not have the separate spaces we all have, no lens caps neither sun hoods were there to be found.
It looked like he picked anything at random just to smack it back in without any clue what to do next and on top of that his equipment didn't work as advertised(what a surprise).
Which annoyed me to the max, irritated(or was it frustrated) I picked my own gear and although I could not see behind the QAPS paint shop I could hear an aircraft starting it's take off run.
Quickly selected my trusty 70-200 and ran away for about 30 meters turned around and guided by instinct took position waiting another 2 or 3 seconds.
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4702 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3964 times:
I can very much relate to you Roel. I was getting lazy for a while, going during the day, shooting the good pic every now and then, but it didn't give me that kick. Then I went to ZRH this summer, got up really early on the sunday morning to shoot the arrivals starting at 6am. From the moment the first rays of sun touched the skin of the aircraft I knew what I missed all that time. It weren't killer shots in terms of motive, but technically superb.
So now I go to the airport in the early morning, feeling like shit when I get up (boy do I hate not being a morning person), getting in the car, drive out and knowing it is going to be a good sunrise. Then when you get to the runway, see the planes landing and great light I am truly happy. And after, getting home and viewing your pics on the screen getting that kick of the shot you wanted.
It made me (truly) enjoy taking photos again. Got so much more things to try, photo's to make but I know the effort will be worth it
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
Great spotting place for landings when RWY24 is in use but we had RWY06 that day. And then it all becomes a game of hazard cause the place is on the last quarter of a 4km runway and if you don't know how heavy a certain plane is you either change sides and try to get a boring but certain taxi shot or you stay there for a nice rotation shot and take the risk of ruining it all due to the plane possibly being light and very high already when passing by.
That day though I intended to finally get that rotation shot I planned quite some time ago already and it couldn't have worked out any better.
WN's Lone Star One is a plane that I had alwayyys wanted to capture. I've only seen it probably 2 or 3 times my whole life. Well I was up at my favorite spot at SAT one day. I was pretty much done shooting... light was getting pretty low. I saw a WN 733 on approach (we get wayyy too many of these). I got in the truck to drive off, and something told me to get back out and capture this one last plane before I leave. Well as it got closer, I realized it was none other than Lone Star One... My heart lept! This is the resulting exposure... IMO, my best shot.
This shot gave me a HUGE kick. First off, 747s at SAT are very rare. So that in itself was a big deal. But second, this plane hadn't flown in over a year. Anddd it's in a half-Virgin livery. Which was pretty cool. So ya, this shot isn't too much quality-wise... but that was probably the biggest Kick I've gotten. I was literally cheering for myself in the truck. haha
I had already flown for about 7 hours that day in an old, poorly ventilated 172 on an 90*F day; all I wanted to do was get back to some air conditioning. I was on my final leg, crossing the local airbase when approach said I had a C-5 crossing 1000 feet under me. My camera was in the back seat, I grabbed my 170-500 and D60, put it together quickly and took three or four shots. My heart was beating hard all the way home! It didn't make the front page, but ended up getting quite a few hits.
Sorry to post two photos, but I couldn't choose one. I got a text message from a friend of mine at 5:30am asking if I wanted to run down to the Outer Banks and back for fun; which is about a 400 mile round trip. I'm surprised the short text ringer woke me up, but by 7am we were on our way to Manteo, NC. We landed down there and it was such a beautiful day we decided we'd fly back VFR up the coast and look for airports to visit one day. We flew right over FFA at about 4500 and at that instant I knew it would become my 1000th shot at a.net!