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Why Do You Upload Your Pictures To A-net Please?  
User currently offlinenotaxonrotax From Netherlands, joined Mar 2011, 394 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Hi all,

just wondering what your motivation is for uploading your hard earned images to A-net?

Is it perhaps because you
« Want to get as many images accepted as you can?
« Want spectacular shots only?
« Want to only upload planes you care for? The ones you really like........
« Increase the database by adding new metal, in other words; new registration numbers?

The last motivation is pretty much mine.
I get a bit of a kick out of the fact that people can now Google registration number of an aircraft and find it quite easily........

Obviously I don´t shoot very many or very thrilling shots.....I wish some of them were more exciting..........look:


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Photo © Sir Hofma



But I personally don´t see a lot of fun in shooting the umphteenth picture of a particular AA B737 landing at MIA for instance.
I am not whacking it......some of the shots are truly amazing and I can only dream of making those.........but I was wondering what your thoughts were on the above!?

I like to add a comment to my pics too, always; to kind of explain the very few that are interested in my pics what they are looking at!


Regards,

No Tax On Rotax


Als vader voorlicht, kan je merken dat hij achter ligt.
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User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4809 times:

I used to upload because like many of you, I wanted to share my aviation images with one of the best-known communities for this type of photography. I lost the motivation some time ago due to what seemed to be increasingly arcane acceptance criteria.

User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4799 times:

I do it for mostly the database aspect. I find the site fascinating for the sheer amount of different airplanes and histories gathered together by the photos on it; getting a neat angle or otherwise artistically interesting shot is a plus, but it's hard to do and if I only submitted that kind of shot I don't think I'd find it very worthwhile; I'd only have a few, and recognition of whatever skill I end up displaying would be based partially on what other photos have been added the same day.

What's frustrating is that regardless of why I want to add a photo, what gets in is based less on what I want to share, and more on what will pass the criteria that week, because they are quite strict and a moving target. I'm more likely to take a photo that passes screening of an American Airlines 737-800 or a United 757-200, even if I'd rather be uploading an unusual sighting like an Astar DC-8 on one of its later operational flights or the 787 Dream Tour visiting Long Beach, because they were taken on a bad day for it or from a location that I had only visited for the first time and didn't have an understanding of getting a quality shot from.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9703 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4776 times:
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I first found A.net back in 2002-2003. I was searching the web for photos of airplanes for whatever reason, and stumbled onto the site. Since then, I've been a regular viewer of the photos here, and since 2003, a participant in the forums (which I initially joined mostly for Tech/Ops). I'd always had a passing interest in photography, and eventually it grew to me saying, "you know, I think I want to try taking photos of airplanes". So I snagged a DSLR in 2010, and have been heavily into photography since (not just airplanes photography).

Basically, I had been looking at the photos in the database for 7 years, and thought it would be quite cool if I could add to them. And I've generally enjoyed it.

I'm not particularly concerned with regs at all. I'll pretty much shoot whatever airplane is in front of me. Although catching new airplanes or new airlines (for me) is always cool.



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4746 times:
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When I discovered this website back in 1998/1999, it was really the only place to find photos of airliners and since a trip to my nearest airport (SJC) at the time was extremely rare for me, I loved being able to view photos of planes on the computer.

I didn't know what "spotting" was, I just knew I liked taking photos of planes because again, a visit to the airport was rare. At the time, the Internet was still really new to me and my family. We had gotten our first home Internet connection around that time. It blew me away that I could take photos and potentially have them displayed online, viewable to an audience. Absolutely blew me away and I tried and tried and yes, even got rejections back then! I didn't have a digital camera so I was scanning 4x6 prints. Eventually, I got a few photos accepted in 1999 and 2000.

I didn't upload any photos for about 5 years. I graduated high school, started college and just lost interest a bit. Then in 2004 I got a job at the airport (SJC) and I started bringing my Kodak point and shoot camera with me and tried uploading. I didn't realize how much the standards had gone up in 5 years. It was a slap of reality when everything kept getting rejected for dozens of reasons. So I began spending time in this photog forum (a much more active and enjoyable place back then) and through the help of many members, I began to grasp what it took to get photos accepted again.

In 2007 I got my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XTi (400D) and began uploading regularly. Over time, as I applied my camera to various subjects outside of aviation, I realized I was becoming more a photographer than a "spotter". So I got bored of taking and uploading shots unless there was some sort of significance. A tricky shot, conditions with exceptional light, special or rare visitor to my airport (now SAN) are pretty much my only motivations these days. I upload maybe a handful of shots a year, but they typically have some sort of significance to me.

That's more story...



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently onlineangad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 730 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4634 times:

I have a couple of reasons -

One is of course to share the shots I love. I don't upload anything that I don't like, even if they would make the cut. Conversely, I work extra on some images that I like but would not make it to the database with my usual (minimal) amount of editing.

Increasing the database is another, because I am Indian, and there is a real dearth of Indian (military) aviation media out there on the internet. So it's great to add to the pool and contribute what little information I can.

Lastly, there is some prestige associated with having images accepted here - a.net is usually the first stop for someone looking for aviation media or a photographer. That exposure certainly doesn't hurt!


User currently offlinedendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1660 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4607 times:
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An interesting question!

I think that an interest in transport started it and as a kid I was a train spotter, taking numbers to see how many you could see and that was a very popular hobby amongst males of a certain age, in the UK at least. When steam trains disappeared my interest passed but in 1967 I started to aircraft spot, doing the same with aircraft, joined the Air Cadets (a youth group) and my interest in aircraft and flying was formed. A couple of years later I was able to get my own camera and whilst I was largely a number recorder I started taking photographs too, developing and printing them myself. A lot of the time I travelled with a friend (well over 40 years later I still do) and it came to the point where I was more interested in the photos, he the numbers and in 1985 I stopped taking logs. In the days of film it was expensive and I recorded mainly any types new to me or anything old, a sort of personal database though that was related to aircraft types rather than individual airframes. Piston airliners and anything old or unusual were my main targets. My main regrets of this time are using too much black and white and not taking anything like enough - I used my money to travel rather than on film.

As a result I had thousands of negatives and slides when I discovered the site in 2004. I had always been of the view that my kids would have simply thrown all the old slides and negatives away when anything happened to me but this site was a revelation and I could suddenly share them, photos I had taken for myself were suddenly available to thousands (almost 27 million now actually) I struggled to get them accepted at first but once I found a pattern, it was quite easy though I wish Screeners had been harder on me in my early days as some could/should be better. I had not taken many for a long time though the site regenerated the dormant interest and I started again. With the onset of digital the cost of taking shots was removed and I made sure that I did not make the same mistakes as before, especially of not taking enough - I photograph them all as the day will come when they are gone.

I do not care about hits (as I am sure shows) but I do delight in getting something new for the database be it a microlight or fast jet. One day that photo may be of interest or use to someone and far too few people are recording the light aircraft in my opinion. I still enjoy watching aircraft but feel mildly 'cheated' if I have not managed to photograph them reasonably well too.

Quoting notaxonrotax (Thread starter):

« Want to get as many images accepted as you can?
« Want spectacular shots only?
« Want to only upload planes you care for? The ones you really like........
« Increase the database by adding new metal, in other words; new registration numbers?

So, No tax on Rotax, like you your last reason is my main one too. I am the photographer for the International Auster Club and so when you see my Auster photos, there is a degree of that. The high numbers, yes, I suppose there has become an element of that, though I had a massive head start. The spectacular is very very rare for me !  

And where would the microlight world be without Rotax too (the engine, not you)  

Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineJKPhotos From Germany, joined Nov 2011, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4602 times:

Just a simple reason:

To share my pictures with other people who like aviation shots!

I started planespotting as a kid in the late 90s. At these times you could hardly get any exposure. I showed my pictures to my family and those couple of friends who also liked airplanes. That was pretty much it. Later on I published some of them in a local aviation magazine. I was a kid living close to the Airport, so I had lots of time going there for whatever occasion.

As I was getting older I lost interest into the hobby. Obviously as an 19 year old youth I had other things in mind than waking up early for a special airplane or so. I eventually moved away for my studies and the only way to keep in contact with aviation was the internet for me. I discovered airliners.net in 2003 or so and have enjoyed those very nice and high quality pictures ever since. Airliners was / is the website for aviation for me. Before buying a DSLR in 2011 and thinking about ways to upload my shots, I did not even know about the existence of any other aviation photo database on the net. And even now I think Airliners has a special appeal that other sites have not: It is known to a bright audience and even people who ar not aviation enthusiasts or planespotters visit it. I had friends of mine telling me about this site who normally would have a hard time distniguishing an Airbus from a Boeing but they simply wanted to see some nice photos. So I think it is a place for everybody!
And so of course it came to my mind that it would be nice to get my own shots accepted here!
Of course I struggled at first and thought it was almost impossible, because I had no clue about editing. But I sticked to it and it was worth it.

And like angad says I cannot deny of enjoying the prestige that comes with it as well. And I felt really proud the first time I had a shot of mine on the frontpage last year.

But truely, I don't think about increasing the database or so, as I still do not care too much about registrations and I don't try to get as much images accepted as I can. I try to only upload the nicer ones or those who just have a special meaning for me (whereas others could consider them as boring  ). I don't see the point in uploading every airplane I shot on particular day..but this is another issue..

[Edited 2013-01-31 01:10:42]

User currently offlineJez From UK - England, joined Feb 2005, 68 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4448 times:

Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 6):
I had always been of the view that my kids would have simply thrown all the old slides and negatives away when anything happened to me but this site was a revelation and I could suddenly share them, photos I had taken for myself were suddenly available to thousands

As I'm currently going through the scanning process, there is something very appealing about being able to share pre-internet photos with so many others. Without wishing to over-romanticise it, there is a certain "purity" in those images, where the motivation of the shutter push was in no way influenced by the rules of sites such as this.


User currently offlineIRISH251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 964 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

Most of my uploads are scans of slides and, like others, I was attracted by sharing my older images (some rare) with a wider community. Otherwise those slides would have sat in their storage boxes to be shared only rarely with a few friends. I know that many people have enjoyed viewing them and on occasion I have been able to provide an image for a book or other reseacrh project (free of charge if it is for a non-profit-making purposes). I still upload occasionally but, as the years pass, I notice that new uploads of such images generally attract fewer views than in the past. I suppose that is to be expected with an ever-growing database which already contains quite a comprehensive pre-digital archive.

I rarely even try to upload digital images here, partly as I don't have the type of equipment that produces very high-quality shots, but also because there doesn't seem to be a lot of point in posting images of subjects that thousands of other people can and do shoot. The advent of interactive photo-sharing sites (Flickr, in my case) means that is where most of my current images go and, in my view, there is more of a genuine "community" there than exists on a.net. I can post my images as soon as I wish and no one is much concerned about "hits". Feedback and interaction with other uploaders is at a more personal level and image quality is for the most part high.

[Edited 2013-02-03 09:47:34]

User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

Hi,

I think I mostly upload to Airliners.net as I see it as a sort of 'quality check' of my pictures. How I'm doing in general. However I start from the idea that even if I get appoved on here (which has been done since last year) I still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve.

One thing I take into account as well is that not all shots or crops or whatever are suitable for Airliners.net, this is not an 'art' school but a database, so I cant always upload special crops or pics that I find artistic on here.

A second reason would be like most other to update the database. A couple of months ago I had the privilege to add a new KLM plane to the database a few days after it was delivered to them.



Nikon D90 + Nikkor f4.5-5.6 18-105mm + Tamron f4-5.6 70-300mm
User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4264 times:



Quoting notaxonrotax (Thread starter):

« Increase the database by adding new metal, in other words; new registration numbers?

I guess that is my motivation.....

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 1):
I lost the motivation some time ago due to what seemed to be increasingly arcane acceptance criteria.

You don't upload anymore?

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 2):
I'm more likely to take a photo that passes screening of an American Airlines 737-800 or a United 757-200, even if I'd rather be uploading an unusual sighting like an Astar DC-8 on one of its later operational flights or the 787 Dream Tour visiting Long Beach, because they were taken on a bad day for it or from a location that I had only visited for the first time and didn't have an understanding of getting a quality shot from.

I hear you! I kind of go for the "easier" shots when I upload, instead of more interesting take off's or Air to Air images I may have! I know full well that those won't meet this site's standards! I keep trying to shoot more interesting angles, mind you!

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 4):
A tricky shot, conditions with exceptional light, special or rare visitor to my airport (now SAN) are pretty much my only motivations these days.

Wow, I wish I had that luxury. To get anything accepted on here I need to go "boring" I'm afraid.

Quoting angad84 (Reply 5):
I don't upload anything that I don't like, even if they would make the cut.

I guess we're different that way. I have definitely uploaded images that I am not too excited about myself.
Making the database bigger and putting my country of residence on the map, aviation wise; these are my motivations.

Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 6):
So, No tax on Rotax, like you your last reason is my main one too. I am the photographer for the International Auster Club

I shoot for our club too!

Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 6):

And where would the microlight world be without Rotax too

So true! "KOMPRESS" now makes a sexy small chopper with a Rotax 914 turbo installed!

Quoting JKPhotos (Reply 7):
I try to only upload the nicer ones or those who just have a special meaning for me (whereas others could consider them as boring  

True, some pics may seem boring but people don't know what you went through to get that particular shot!
Only yesterday I managed to get a cop to open up the gate for me in order to shoot some confiscated planes!
If the image makes it through, it will pretty much blend in with the rest of the pics on A-net that day!

Quoting Jez (Reply 8):
Without wishing to over-romanticise it, there is a certain "purity" in those images, where the motivation of the shutter push was in no way influenced by the rules of sites such as this.

Not over-romanticizing at all! Well said! I guess aviation was more romantic back then!

Quoting IRISH251 (Reply 9):

Most of my uploads are scans of slides and, like others, I was attracted by sharing my older images (some rare) with a wider community.

Please keep them coming! How great would it be if we´d have a database of every plane that ever existed......okay, that is not gonna happen, but let's do our best at least!

FH

[Edited 2013-02-04 17:50:38]


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User currently offlineil76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 11):
Wow, I wish I had that luxury. To get anything accepted on here I need to go "boring" I'm afraid.

Isn't that sad?! Over the last few years, scrolling through newly accepted photos has become a boring activity. Sure there are still some amazing shots added occasionally, but they are few and far between. But if I browse new pics in the A.net these days, I generally stop after 3 pages, as very little catches my eye.

Why do I upload? Correction: Why did I upload? In the beginning I mostly uploaded rare visitors to my local airports. Then the digital age started and my scans started to get rejected. Instead of buying a better scanner, I bought a DSLR and went crazy, uploading also regular stuff. As I went on, I wanted that 'little extra' in my pictures. Action, smoking tires, cool angles, cloud formations, the sun, the rain, zooming out for a broader picture than just the plane crammed into the center of the frame. Then I ran into the tight set of rules of this website and I stopped uploading.

It was fun while it lasted.
E


User currently offlinederekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4218 times:

I'm with Eduard to some extent. My first photos were uploaded in 2000 and I uploaded regularly, especially after getting a broadband connection. I mostly uploaded old scanned photos to share some of the thousands of pictures I'd taken since the late 1970s. More modern photos were reasonably successful until 2009ish when I ran into more and more rejections as the acceptance criteria were tightened to such an extent that it was no longer fun.
I occasionally have a burst of enthusiasm for uploading but that is soon snuffed out in the face of multiple rejections. My aim was to reach 2000 photos but it looks like I'll be stuck in the 1900s

Ah well.....



Whatever.......
User currently offlineeskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4214 times:

Hallo,

The main reason I upload to airliners is simple. As with any other hobby, like an artist, I wanna show my art. And the reason I upload to airliners and not other page's is I wanna show my art to other, serious photographers. Im not saying that I'm better than other photographers, ofcourse I'm not. But some people on other aviation database's isnt as accurate with their photographing and editing.

And ofcourse it's a thrill when I got a upload confirmation. I also wanna say that my first photo got accepted in September 2012, so I've got alot to learn.

Cheers.  



Photo equipment: Canon EOS 60D | Canon 70-200 F4L USM | Canon 18-55 3:5-5:6 |
User currently offlinenotaxonrotax From Netherlands, joined Mar 2011, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

Hi,

Not only did I manage to increase the database with 1 more registration # today, it happened to be the airframe I own!

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Photo © Sir Hofma



Anybody else have their own plane accepted here?


No Tax On Rotax



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User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
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Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 15):
Anybody else have their own plane accepted here?

No, but I do have my daughter in the DB, well she is in that baby carriage on the right edge hehe:


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Photo © Johnny Kristensen



Really cool to have a "KLM" aircraft in Ecuador, looks really nice  

Regarding the original question. I upload for the nice feeling of getting an image accepted, hoping that a lot of people will enjoy it. Do I succeed? Well I still only have 56 accepted images, not so many views, but I love each and every one of them! But that first accepted one holds a special place in my heart  



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User currently offlineconinpa From Luxembourg, joined May 2005, 244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3855 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 16):
Anybody else have their own plane accepted here?

Yes, photo shot by my partner Valérie (me on board):

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Photo © Valérie Dumas


And her airplane, shot by me (her on board):

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Photo © Patrick De Coninck



When we met, we both had our "baby". We kept both...   

About my motivation to upload here:
I am an aviation enthousiast forever and private pilot since 1990 (also Flight Instructor). When I bought my first DSLR in November 2005, I thought it would be nice to combine both activities. Then I said to myself "Why not sharing this with others?" And I discovered totally by chance Airliners.net.

As for everybody, lots of rejections at the beginning and some sort of discouragement, until Mick gave me some great tips and tricks - Thank you Mick !

By having more shots accepted, I wanted basically to share what I have the privilege to make in aviation: flying myself or with friends in various sorts of aviation, be a guest in airliners cockpits and of course, spotting.

Now, I am happy to be part of the crew and to contribute to this wonderful site.

Cheers.
Patrick



Patrick De Coninck
User currently offlineviv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3845 times:

I could give a long answer to this very good question.

The short answer is:

I like aircraft (preferably with propellors). I am not very interested in modern airliners.

I like photography

I need a place to show my pHotos to a wider audience.



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineconinpa From Luxembourg, joined May 2005, 244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3842 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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Quoting viv (Reply 18):
until Mick gave me some great tips and tricks

I forgot to mention Thierry's help as well - Sorry Thierry !

It cost me a few beers at the aeroclub bar, but it was worth it  

Patrick



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