For me I guess this was the shot above all others where luck played a part:
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Photo © Paul Markman
The weather that morning had been truly dreadful, but there were a few of us there (some from far afield) and so we stuck it out. There was no way I would have gone out with the camera that day had it not been for friends previously arranging to meet up. Just before this 747 departed the incessant rain briefly stopped and the light improved enough to allow me to get something decent for this photo. Had those two things not happened together I don't think I could have got the quality needed for acceptance. The fact that there was so much surface water waiting to be blasted from the runway adds to the drama of the shot.
Then I continued to be lucky with this one, because it got noticed on the day of acceptance, which led to it briefly reaching Top of the Day. Then, as a result of that, it got further visibility on the site, which has enabled it to remain in lists where it continues to get viewed. Not surprisingly, this is far and away my most successful photo in terms of number of views.