Ok Guys, I know the controversy is now over but let me put my two cents in. I was shooting with Jay and Tim from about 12 noon until 7:30p that day and can assure you that those clouds formations were REAL. For summer here in LA it was a pretty rare occasion to get a clear day along with a spectacular build up over the mountains, almost once in a lifetime situation. If you look at the one shot I have posted of that day ( more to come later
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Photo © Paul Paulsen
and read the remarks, it gives a explanation of how those clouds got there.
Now, just a few words about Jay. I had the pleasure of meeting him and three other A. Net contributors (Timothy Keeney, Brian Stevenson, and Ryan Gaddis) last weekend. Each one of them has the passion that probably you and me feel for taking pictures of jetliners. Just from spending the day with Jay I learned how knowledgeable he was about photography, that wisdom probably came from his heavy film background.
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Photo © Jay Piboontum
he was using a polarizing filter which gives it a unique look.
In conclusion guys, Let's recognize talent, for talent sake. This photographer (Jay) got some pretty spectacular shots due to his knowledge of photography and maybe a little help from mother nature, nothing else!!! So, Let's recognize his talent and congratulate him on a job well done!!