One of my biggest pet peaves about aviation photography is when people say, "that picture sucks becuase it's the shadow side of the airplane." That's crap. In my book, as long as the image has high visual imapct, it's a good picture.
I've seen some killer aviation photography on the net, and many of the more dramatic/artsy photographers use shadows to their advantage to create a dramatic shot. You won't see much of that here on Airliners.net...this is (for the most part) a standard aviation photography site...most of the pictures here are of the same standard/boring side profiles that have been uploaded day after day after day. I've honestly had my fill of this type of photography. I actually found myself walking through SAN this past weekend getting p****d off because I couldn't find any "Airliners.net" shots - lot's of good aircraft to shoot, but no "winning angles", or no "perfect lighting". And it hit me on the way home...I was going by OTHER people's standards. If I would have shot what I liked, I could have been bringing home a bunch of pics. No offence to Johan, but I realized that I'm shooting for him more than I'm shooting for me. Screw that!!
What I'm trying to say is, don't let people tell you what is a 'good' shot and what is a 'bad' shot. Yea, the sunny side of an airplane is always good, but don't be afraid of shadows either. Go for impact, not what you think will be accepted by others. Experiment a little...and most importantly, shoot what you like!!!!!!
San Diego, CA