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leadingedge
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Gliders

Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:26 pm

I have a few shots of gliders taken recently and was considering uploading these but when I did a search for gliding photos I noticed that some have no hits and many have very few. Is this a glitch or are gliders of little or no interest here?

Please understand that I dont upload just for the sake of hits but when you see pictures that have been on the site for a couple of days with no hits it makes you wonder if its really worthwhile.

[Edited 2008-01-10 14:36:32]
 
DeltaAVL
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RE: Gliders

Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:28 pm



Quoting LeadingEdge (Thread starter):
Is this a glitch or are gliders of little or no interst here?

Unfortunately, I think it's the latter. General Aviation aircraft don't usually get many hits here, either.

I wouldn't let that stop you from uploading a glider shot, though. You never know what glider company's gonna come by and pay you for use of that photo.
 
LIPH
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RE: Gliders

Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:33 pm

Quoting LeadingEdge (Thread starter):
Is this a glitch or are gliders of little or no interst here?

I don't think it's about the machine, but rather the picture itself and the ability of the photographer.
Even side shots of airliners are, IMO, of poor interest and get very few hits. It all depends from your ability to heal the very best from everything's flying, believe me...
Anyway don't become a slave of the number of hits you get. This database it's about everything's flying (almost...). Go and upload them !

Ciao

[Edited 2008-01-10 14:34:20]
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leadingedge
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RE: Gliders

Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:38 pm

Thanks Guys
I will give them a try.
 
photopilot
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:40 am

Well, I've got a total of 8 glider photos in the database. Here are how they are doing.

1 at 2800 hits
3 between 10,000 & 20,000 hits
2 between 20,000 & 30,000 hits
2 over 30,000 hits

That's not bad IMHO for glider photos on this site. But it really does depend on how attractive the image is. And remember, it's sad to say, but to a great extent this IS a heavy-metal aircraft site.

So upload and post your images for YOUR satisfaction and the enjoyment of other glider enthusiasts worldwide. It's not always about hits. Just produce images that capture our wonderful aviation sport. That is satisfaction enough.
 
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:19 am



Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
Unfortunately, I think it's the latter.

Oh I don't know. I've heard the hit-rate on gliders is soaring........

 Big grin  Big grin  Big grin
 
eadster
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:57 am



Quoting LeadingEdge (Thread starter):
Is this a glitch or are gliders of little or no interest here?

I have no interest in them, but that should not discourage you from uploading a shot, just because it may not do well. Strange thing, but I personally have had a lot of interest from folks about many of my low-hit GA shots. These create a lot of interest, not hits wise, but I get a lot of feedback regarding GA aircraft that I shoot here in AUS. I like hearing stories of who has flown what, and what the A/C may be doing or where its now at from when I last took a photo of it.

It's all about personal preference. If I only uploaded for hits, I probably wouldn't get the emails from folks I get today and in return would not enjoy it as much as I do.
 
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:54 pm



Quoting LeadingEdge (Thread starter):
Please understand that I dont upload just for the sake of hits but when you see pictures that have been on the site for a couple of days with no hits it makes you wonder if its really worthwhile.

From the moment you decide that you want to upload a certain picture, it is worthwhile, otherwise you would not have made the decision to upload  Smile

Although it is always nice to see that you pictures get a lot of hits, it is - at least for me - much more rewarding when you get a feedback (e.g. by e-mail, phone or sms,...) from a person interested to see the shot! Once, I received a nice comment from an ex-USAFE-pilot, who had been based at Soesterberg AFB (Netherlands) during the '70s/80's and who had seen some of my old slide scans. The scans are not the best quality (scanned with a flat-bed scanner), but it is really rewarding to get such a feedback (although the scans of old slides are also good memories for myself). After some e-mail exchange, I also received a copy of an A2A-shot from this same pilot!

Back to topic... I have only one shot of a glider (being towed by a small prop aircraft - under awful weather conditions) uploaded (about two weeks ago) here, and currently it has about 580 hits (which is not much, but better than I expected from this type of shot...). So, forget about the hits, there's much more than that.


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damien846
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:40 pm

I'm sure we would love to see more glider's in the DB. I have a few, but not a great amount of hits. But don't forget the hit counter is only for views of the large photos, so there could be many people looking we just can't tell.
Here is a couple of mine. (shameless plug).


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This one has a few hits, but is not mine. And I think it made the front page at one point.

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Have you got a couple of examples we can have a look at?
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:17 pm

Ok, shameless plug time.... LOL!


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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:37 pm

Generally, heavy iron & Military aircraft attract more views - it's just the way it goes. I wouldn't let that stop you contributing glider shots though.

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damien846
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:38 pm

Great shots Stephen,
Shames it's an Astir  Wink  Wink
 
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:41 pm



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):

This is what I call talent !!! ...and real aviation photography...!!
My compliments.

Ciao
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:41 pm



Quoting Damien846 (Reply 11):
Shames it's an Astir Wink Wink

Got to agree on that! I have actually seen more crashed Astirs and Twin Astirs than flying ones :P.
 
leadingedge
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RE: Gliders

Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:21 pm

Thanks for all of your encouraging responses.

There are some cracking examples that you have posted. Sadly these pictures of mine are not quite in that league. Nice to see the Old Sedbergh, I got my wings in a T31 (I think) Tandem not side by side but still an open cockpit and flew like a brick.
 
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RE: Gliders

Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:10 pm



Quoting Damien846 (Reply 11):
Shames it's an Astir



Quoting JRadier (Reply 13):
Got to agree on that! I have actually seen more crashed Astirs and Twin Astirs than flying ones :P.

Ya, but as I'm 6' 6" tall and weigh 240 lbs, the Astir (Twin or Single) have nice roomy cockpits that make my physical comfort (with chute) bearable. Some of the newer glass slippers and you have to be a damn jockey to fit inside and fly with any degree of comfort.
 
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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:03 am

as a glider pilot in training I am always glad to take some pics of gliders

I don't worry about popularity so much, but still some got quite a few views

Blaniks are kind of popular, one from my club, and other of Blanik aerobatic team

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another two, cockpits are always popular, and nice light can make hits also

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newest one got only 174 views, but it is one of my favorites

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eadster
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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:08 am



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
Ok, shameless plug time.... LOL!

It's a damn good plug!!!! Now they are glider shots!!!! They are my acceptions to what I said above!
 
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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:20 am



Quoting Damien846 (Reply 8):
But don't forget the hit counter is only for views of the large photos

Not true since a long time as far as I remember. L and M views are counted.

Oh, digged out my olides too  Wink I'd not say hits are bad, even though the shots are Big grin


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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:24 pm



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 15):
Ya, but as I'm 6' 6" tall

I feel your pain. My dad (Instructor) and I (advanced passenger  Wink ) are the same height (but not nearly the same weight) and we got the same problems. I'm kind of lucky as I haven't been forced in ASK-8's etc but 3,5 hours in the front seat of an ASK-21 with your knees pressed onto the instument panel (in such a way that it was visible for the next 2 days) isn't great.

Quoting LeadingEdge (Reply 14):
Nice to see the Old Sedbergh

Great to see it indeed. Only flown in it once as a passenger and I remember that flight very well. It was a nice summer day in Germany, sunny and 28C. Flights didn't take more than 10 minutes due to it's flying characteristics (=none). So I went up in my t-shirt and shorts (as did everyone else) for what I thought would be a short ride. We found some strong thermals so the short flight ended up to take an hour and got us to 1000m AGL (around 1500m MSL). Needless to say, things got a
'bit' cold......
 
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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:36 pm



Quoting JRadier (Reply 19):
3,5 hours in the front seat of an ASK-21 with your knees pressed onto the instument panel

Been there, done that!

Ahhhh the memories ...
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RE: Gliders

Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:36 pm



Quoting INNflight (Reply 18):
I'd not say hits are bad, even though the shots are

Don't kid yourself. I love that ASH-25 and would die to do some dolphin flying for a day in that machine!
 
leadingedge
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RE: Gliders

Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:59 pm



Quoting JRadier (Reply 19):
We found some strong thermals so the short flight ended up to take an hour and got us to 1000m AGL (around 1500m MSL).

That must be a record for the "Flying Brick"

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