I have to agree with Michael There was a lot of creativity (and some fast driving
) involved in first finding out where the plane would be heading, picking out an appropriate location, and choosing exactly where to position oneself for the best shot. The visiting NYC photographers that I showed around YUL a little over a week ago gave me a new appreciation for what goes into a "boring" (not my opinion) side on shot. While the very final act of pressing the button to take the picture is quite straightforward everything leading up to getting the shot set up perfectly isn't and it requires planning and quick action. While I don't have the type of access that would let me get a perfect close up 50mm ramp shot my first priority when seeing an aircraft for the first time is to get a good, clean side-on shot, if possible. Once I have that then I will experiment and try to be more creative.
Considering the number of photographs and photographers on Airliners.net I think that there's more than enough room for all kinds of photographs whether they are side-on 50mm ramp shots, cockpit shots, approach shots, rotation shots, shots with motorboats, shots with contrails, shots with different celestial bodies, shots with wildlife... Aviation photography has a lot of styles and means different things to different people. Don't take this the wrong way, Vasco, as I do enjoy your photographs but somebody with completely different tastes than yours could look at your photographs and complain that in a lot of them you don't see the whole aircraft, the registration, or much of the plane at all. In some the plane is barely recognizable. Considering that this is a site devoted to photographs of airliners whose complaint would be more valid? Again I'm not criticizing your photos personally as I do like them but I'm just trying to turn the tables a little. If the standard shots are getting accepted to the complete exclusion of yours then I can see some reason for complaining (preferably directly to Johan and not directly naming the person or giving hints about who it is in this forum as has been very common lately). However, if in a particular case Johan's editorial policy is not having a negative effect on yourself or anyone else then why should we care? If Johan feels that both types of shots are acceptable and ads them to the database then that only makes the database more complete. Shouldn't we really be using this forum to discuss equipment, film, scanning, spotting locations, special planes visiting an airport, and the like instead of always feeling the need to criticize others? Now that the upload queue has been reduced to virtually nothing I suppose we need something else to complain about.