I've had a life long interest in aviation. My Dad worked for Delta in ATL
for over 30 years. I was raised directly under the traffic pattern for Hartsfield. I was spotting planes in the late 60's and early 70's as a child with a pad of paper and counting Piedmont, Southern, Eastern, and Delta aircraft from my spot in the front lawn. My photography passion was always limited to landscapes and wildlife images, of which I have thousands. It never occurred to me to combine the two interests until about a year ago when I found this site. I about freaked out! My job transfer here to Dallas in 2000 landed me about one mile from the South end of 18R/36L at DFW
into a nice apartment. And of course you know the rest of the story...
I admire A.net's astute professionalism. Although at times I am pulling my hair out over rejections that I consider some of best work, I understand that screening is a subjective process that must work for all contributors alike. The lingering question is well timed with this thread. So what's next? I am literally running out of options at my home airport as far as aircraft, angles, lighting, etc. My only other option is to travel, which I plan to do extensively in 2004. The "artsy fartsy" issue has been raised before, but does some seem like a natural progression for this site. Digital cameras are flooding the market place as we speak, just wait until after Christmas!
I think with the constant changing of the aviation industry, quality images of aircraft will not be lacking. There is much exciting stuff in the pipeline for us to look forward to. I am constantly amazed at some of the creativity and imagination that goes into the shots I see here daily. It's getting better all the time.
I think all of you who have a passion for this unusual hobby will continue to do what you do at locations around the globe. A.net will evolve in a positive way because of this. Technology will change, equipment will improve, and so will the quality of our work. I plan to be around to watch the events unfold.