What could have been a tragic start to the new year but thankfully due to the skill of the crew was not:-
Top of the day:-
Photo © A J Best
There were numerous photographers present and a number of uploads to the site are now visible.
I appreciate that accidents/incidents are different but come on if I or anyone else had uploaded the image would it have been accepted?
Every other image of the incident is in focus and within accepted Anet standards or close to them given that it is an incident.
This is so far OOF that it is a joke that it was accepted even though it is of an incident.
The aircraft was not going anywhere, even my now returned EOS 1D MK III could have focused on this!
Day in, day out the majority of us get rejections for soft, blurry, contrast, centered etc but all of a sudden an image which probably even the tabloids would not print is top of the day. Would this have been accepted if I or 99% of the other photographers on this site had takn the image?
I appreciate that acidents/incidents are different but come on, look at all the other images uploaded of the event.
Maybe this image would be best served in the new rejection guidelines, not as top of the day.
I think this site has serious issues and is incredibly hypocritical if standards can be allowed to drop this low for one image, which at the end of the day was uploaded by a screener.
I do not wish to be seen as heartless towards the passengers and crew of Speedbird 83 Heavy, all did a fantastic job but this image is a prime example of Anet politics.
Anet and the screeners go on all the time about this place being the worlds premier aviation photography site and that the high standards make it what it is but then this occurs.
The same rules should apply to one and all with some flexibility for incidents/accidents/newsworthy but not to this extent.