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by Kaphias
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinion, Tips and Improvements
Replies: 266
Views: 20639

Re: Opinion, Tips and Improvements

It's a bit high in frame but otherwise passable I guess. May I ask why you choose a 4:3 crop? It makes for a lot of empty space for no real reason in my opinion. Do you still need an opinion on those 4 you posted a week ago? Nice, Kas. I will upload this shot. Answering your question: I tried to cr...

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by Kaphias
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected high in frame
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Rejected high in frame

Yes, the tail should be considered. Here's what I wrote last week in a different topic on the subject of vertical centering: There's really no easy rule to use for vertical centering. The best way I can describe my process is that I want to find the visual center line as if your image was weighted a...

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by Kaphias
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Why upload here?
Replies: 74
Views: 18094

Re: Why upload here?

On the topic of facebook, flickr, etc, and playing a bit of devil's advocate, I have just stopped following any aviation-related group, as the quality of the photos is generally very poor. While it's true that waiting a week for a photo to show up here can be cumbersome, some people prefer that to ...

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by Kaphias
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1556

Re: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?

If your budget is that low and you want to take photos of contrails than bridge cameras such as what you've suggested are pretty much your only option. Just expect to have to work hard in the right conditions to get photos accepted here, if that is your goal - it would probably only be close aircraf...

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by Kaphias
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Your Thoughts On This Rejection
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: Your Thoughts On This Rejection

Thanks for the feedback! do you guys see any banding in the photo? One of the rejection reasons was for banding, the picture was taken with a Canon 1D X, a camera not known for any banding issues. Yes, but it's not like any banding I've ever seen - not that I see it often. It's easily noticeable (a...

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by Kaphias
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 6884

Re: Account suspended

Why are you criticizing him, the photo looks fine to me. I've also uploaded a special photo which wasn't accepted. >> https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.flyertalk.com-vbulletin/1440x1080-1/d27236ba_a167_4402_8662_cb08fce18ae2_067c85f6173cf40e1f4dd33043b5701419ec72c9.jpeg Maybe I shouldn't be complain...

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by Kaphias
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 6884

Re: Account suspended

I assume the mistake, I did not notice after the editing, Mistake? Did not notice? This is clear photomanipulation and is not the first example of such doctoring from you. I have reported so many blurred, dark, miserable images that have been accepted, And what you've done here is much worse than a...

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by Kaphias
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism
Replies: 70
Views: 6556

Re: Commercial flights to Antarctica in the future

Recently saw the new NZ safety video, and got me wondering why no airlines offer service to Antartica. Obviously, tourism isn't exactly bursting at the seams by any means, and infrastructure would require at least a few years of major investment, but in the future, with some promotion and the right...

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by Kaphias
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening: positioning in the frame
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

Re: Post screening: positioning in the frame

It has to look "right". Definitely clears it up. As with pretty much all qualities that photos here are judged on, centering is subjective and there is no logical, replicable system that can be applied to a photo to make it match what the person screening your photo is looking for. As I s...

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by Kaphias
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening: positioning in the frame
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

Re: Post screening: positioning in the frame

Both look slightly low in frame to me, though the EMB more so probably because of the darker fuselage. Here's what I wrote earlier this week in a different topic on the subject of vertical centering: There's really no easy rule to use for vertical centering. The best way I can describe my process is...

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by Kaphias
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Why upload here?
Replies: 74
Views: 18094

Re: Why upload here?

Recommend you read all of this thread.

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by Kaphias
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening
Replies: 23
Views: 2296

Re: Pre-screening

So I should center it with the tail as the highest point and the lower line of the fuselage as the lowest point? Again thanks for feedback. There's really no easy rule to use for vertical centering. The best way I can describe my process is that I want to find the visual center line as if your imag...

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by Kaphias
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting the cockpit
Replies: 24
Views: 3065

Re: Visiting the cockpit

Several years ago I asked as I stepped aboard early in the process, and after answering a few questions, the pilots let me stay through some of their pre-flight checks and until most of the passengers had boarded. I've also been in after landing, but your time may be limited if you're sitting in the...

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by Kaphias
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Trying to Emulate Keiichi Egawa - Advice Needed
Replies: 26
Views: 2437

Re: Trying to Emulate Keiichi Egawa - Advice Needed

Is wide angle more challenging with these types of shots? The only fast lens I have is a 12mm f/2 (18mm full frame)... I can fill the frame with that lens but I think the blurring might be worse with wide angle lenses. Is that a correct assumption?

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by Kaphias
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QX Lands on Taxiway at PUW
Replies: 28
Views: 6904

Re: QX Lands on Taxiway at PUW

A couple of images of PUW from 2016... they've been working on a major runway and taxiway realignment project for the last year or so, but I don't know how far along they are.

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by Kaphias
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread, Q4 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 2442

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread, Q4 2017

From a foggy night in Tacoma, WA- all these photos were taken within about 10 feet and five minutes of each other: https://imgur.com/eQSfRDZ.jpg https://imgur.com/mApt9i2.jpg https://imgur.com/MypWSZf.jpg Went car camping out on the Washington coast. Cold, but beautiful. https://i.imgur.com/VD1tkU3....

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by Kaphias
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 128
Views: 31109

Re: Image standards slipping?

If anything, I think the standards in some cases are too high for normal-looking side-ons when something that looks pretty sharp and decently exposed should just be waved in. Dan, good points. I like your paragraph on the ratchet of image quality standards. I could accept a slightly lower standard ...

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by Kaphias
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 128
Views: 31109

Re: Image standards slipping?

Last (and maybe most important) comment: It's striking (and kind of amusing) that 50+% of the contributors to this thread do not upload to A.net anymore. That's a problem in itself. An accurate, as and you said, important point. I took the last year off from uploading as I was discouraged by multip...

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by Kaphias
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 128
Views: 31109

Re: Image standards slipping?

I wish there was some way for there to be an official airliners.net Instagram page- it seems like the perfect match as a image-based social media platform. Of course, the issue is that the photos are displayed in full and wouldn't necessarily link back to airliners.net itself for view counts and ad...

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by Kaphias
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 128
Views: 31109

Re: Image standards slipping?

Cool to see so many veterans of the hobby sharing thoughts here. Much thanks and appreciation to all of you. I'll quote myself from a thread a few months ago regarding fake airliners.net Instagram pages. I shared some thoughts on what our community needs to do to survive in a social-media based worl...

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by Kaphias
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is my camera good enough for this site? (Nikon Coolpix P510)
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

Re: Is my camera good enough for this site? (Nikon Coolpix P510)

If you take photos of aircraft that are close, not or slowly moving, and well-lit, then you won't have too many problems getting photos accepted. A majority of my accepted photos were taken with a Nikon S6000 point and shoot, so it's not an impossible task.

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by Kaphias
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening (Kaphias)
Replies: 31
Views: 11873

Re: Pre-Screening (Kaphias)

Belated thanks Len and Kas for your help... great to be back sharing photos here after a long break. 4598253,4614003,4614089 I'd like some help regarding a few rejections: Initially rejected for underexposed, reuploaded (with fixes) and rejected for over sharpened and banding. I'm really struggling ...

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by Kaphias
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How to design a plane
Replies: 1
Views: 1059

Re: How to design a plane

Use X-Plane's Planemaker, generally a pain to use but very powerful and super fun.

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by Kaphias
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: Post screening feedback

You need to open the image, right click, "copy image address" and paste that here for us to be able to see it.

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by Kaphias
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Photography feedback/advice/criticism for a beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 4526

Re: Photography feedback/advice/criticism for a beginner

I'd also suggest a slightly looser crop, particularly at the nose.

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by Kaphias
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Some Feedback on my photos
Replies: 10
Views: 1542

Re: Some Feedback on my photos

If you're looking for help getting these photos into the airliners.net database, it's best to pick a couple photos and ask for feedback. If you're just looking for general tips on your aviation photography, tell us what you think "getting better" looks like, and we'll help you get there.

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by Kaphias
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is this pic fake?
Replies: 54
Views: 5386

Re: Is this pic fake?

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/chi ... &year=2017
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canyonblue17 wrote:
Anyone check to see if it rained that day in that city?

A heavy rain shower passed through early that morning, and there were scattered clouds the rest of the day.
https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/chi ... &year=2017

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by Kaphias
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Creative Shot Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1564

Re: Creative Shot Questions

A few words/thoughts for you all to ponder...

Creative images should be
innovative
original
unique
imaginative

Creativity CAN be spontaneous.

Creativity does NOT have to be difficult.

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by Kaphias
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av pic thread Q3 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3432

Re: Non-Av pic thread Q3 2017

Went eclipse watching in central Oregon a couple of weeks ago, spent two nights car camping on a ridge in the Malheur National Forest. Pretty quiet for both days until some of the local Forest Service crew joined me for the eclipse. I don't have the skills or equipment to properly photograph somethi...

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by Kaphias
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinion, Tips and Improvements
Replies: 266
Views: 20639

Re: Opinion, Tips and Improvements

Hello , It seems that you provided a preview photo here so that we can't see too much detail from it.But from this one , it seems low in frame. The contrast should be ok to me. If you are new to here you can read the " Editing Guide " here : http://www.airliners.net/faq/editing_guide/ Tha...

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by Kaphias
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: I want to photograph crop dusters
Replies: 3
Views: 1200

Re: I want to photograph crop dusters

I lived in Eastern Washington for five years, and there were many crop dusters in the area. Photographing them at their airports is relatively easy because they return often and it's easy to note when they're operating as there is always someone at the field. In my experience, it's much more difficu...

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by Kaphias
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: About taking Cockpit Photos
Replies: 12
Views: 1413

Re: About taking Cockpit Photos

Basically with that method you want to have a proper exposure for the outside, as you cannot change the light there, and illuminate with the flash the inside, adjusting its power until it more-or-less matches the outside. The lower the difference between inside and outside (cloudy days, dusk, dawn,...

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by Kaphias
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening (Kaphias)
Replies: 31
Views: 11873

Pre-Screening (Kaphias)

Trying to get back into the swing of things here... been over a year since I last edited/uploaded anything. I'd appreciate any feedback on this variety of shots. Also looking for any tips for editing in Adobe CameraRAW, particularly regarding sharpening and noise reduction. Thanks! https://www.dropb...

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by Kaphias
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cost of owning and operating a light Single/twin
Replies: 10
Views: 2002

Re: Cost of owning and operating a light Single/twin

Yes, part ownership of aircraft is somewhat common. My family is 1/6th owner of a 150, where all owners contribute a monthly fee towards fixed costs, and an additional fee per month based on the number of hours you have flown. It's a great arrangement for a bunch of pilots who don't fly often.

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by Kaphias
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Entry level photography equipment
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: Entry level photography equipment

I really like my Sony a6000, though Karl's observation that the base lenses are lacking is spot-on. They're decent enough for the price, imo. The body is great, nice size, lightweight, superb AF. The EVF can be a bit of a challenge when shooting fast-moving objects but I assume most would adjust. I'...

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by Kaphias
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Instagram / Copyright issues
Replies: 8
Views: 2152

Re: Instagram / Copyright issues

I wish there was some way for there to be an official airliners.net Instagram page- it seems like the perfect match as a image-based social media platform. Of course, the issue is that the photos are displayed in full and wouldn't necessarily link back to airliners.net itself for view counts and ad ...

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by Kaphias
Wed May 31, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: General announcements & discussions
Replies: 297
Views: 111651

Re: Photographer(s) Feedback on the new site

Additional stats (incl. acceptance ratio) has returned to the upload page. Does this only take into account photos uploaded since the new site? Because mine says "Based on your 50 most recently screened photos: Accepted: 50 Rejected: 0 Acceptance Ratio: 100.00%" which I'm pretty sure is n...

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by Kaphias
Sat May 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening: Questionable Rejections
Replies: 144
Views: 9115

Re: Post Screening: Questionable Rejections

len90 wrote:
There was one or two changes to some settings in photoshop that fixed it up.

I'd be curious to know what these were Len, if you don't mind sharing– always looking for anything that could help my photos!

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by Kaphias
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Extreme shutter speed unsharp images
Replies: 6
Views: 1064

Re: Extreme shutter speed unsharp images

What lens do you use? Is f5.6 the lower limit of the aperture? Most longer lenses have a sweet spot between f8-f10 and at f5.6 it is always soft. This is the case with my Canon 100-400. On the other hand, I don't notice much difference at all between F5.6 and F8-10 on my 100-400. As a result, I alm...

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by Kaphias
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Depth of Field Question
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Depth of Field Question

www.dxomark.com to check how aperture affects sharpness.
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jelpee wrote:
Lenses are not always their sharpest at the smallest aperture so you may suffer some degradation of image quality if you use the smallest available aperture.

You can pull up your lens on www.dxomark.com to check how aperture affects sharpness.

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by Kaphias
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Countries/Cities with only 1 airline servicing that place
Replies: 87
Views: 10202

Re: Countries/Cities with only 1 airline servicing that place

flyiguy wrote:
I'm sure there are lots of those in Alaska.

FLY

Depending on ones definition of "airline" and "service", even small villages in Alaska often have service from multiple small carriers.

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by Kaphias
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1352

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

I've been to Maui 5 or 6 times, all but once have stayed in Honokowai, just north of Kaanapali. Depending on how long your stay is, here's a few things I'd recommend: Road to Hana- very full day and exhausting driving, but stunningly beautiful Haleakala- I've only been there mid-morning on a drive, ...

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by Kaphias
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av pictures 2017 Q2
Replies: 52
Views: 2722

Re: Non-Av pictures 2017 Q2

Spending some time under the stars...

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by Kaphias
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: PostScreening - Borders rejection -- XP
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: PostScreening - Borders rejection -- XP

I experience this issue on many of my photos as well (PS CC 2017), the outer 1 pixel is about 50% transparent. Really bizarre and I've been unable to find a solution.

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by Kaphias
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 226408

Re: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope

For myself, the notion of trying to read the forums on an iPad mini (my own mobile device) is a non-starter. So, I find myself convinced that most people view the site from a laptop or larger. :-) I don't have any issues reading the forum on my iPhone, or replying to posts (like this one). Certainl...

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by Kaphias
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Resizing Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1351

Re: Resizing Question

But the DPI does vary. Anet photographers who display their images on Flickr manage to reduce their DPI to 72dpi whereas mine come out at 500 dpi plus. ...which doesn't matter at all, since the images are displayed on Flickr, rather than being printed. Dpi only needs to be considered when you are p...

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by Kaphias
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kits lens good enough for A.net?
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Re: Kits lens good enough for A.net?

You don't need an expensive camera or lenses to get photos accepted to airliners.net. More important is your skills not only in using whatever camera you do have, but understanding the limitations of that camera with regards to the types of shots you can take and the conditions you can work in. A ma...

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by Kaphias
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Opinions on shirts with sea/beach animals printed on them?
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: Opinions on shirts with sea/beach animals printed on them?

I often wear my "save the whales" t-shirt...

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by Kaphias
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Night shot photo technique
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Night shot photo technique

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