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What do You Consider as a "high- hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:41 am

Hi fellow photographers,

I was talking with another photographer about this. When do you speak of a "high- hitter"? I mean your pictures here on a.net, when do you consider it as good views? Everything above 1000? 2000? Or at least 10,000?
What about pictures who get 30,000 in 24 hours? What is this for you?

Show us a picture in your portfolio which you thought would get a lot more views, but didn't.
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I know, only a boring 737 of LH, but with the light and slight panning I thought I'd get more views.

And show us a picture which got a lot more views than you expected.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:59 am

For me, I normally consider anything over about 2,000 hits being a high hitter. Most of my photos tend to get about 500-1,500 views, with odd ones over 2,000 so that's why I consider >2,000 as high hitters. These got far more views that I was expecting;


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But these a lot less;


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:29 am

I used to consider 1000 views a lot back in the old days, then i upped the ante and made an album with "high hitters" in which I included shots with 2000+ hits. By today's standards that not that much either, considering my average is now 10,000+. Could never have imagined that when I started here 7 years ago!

From my latest shots I had not expected this to do so well, getting to #1 and making photographer's choice

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But had expected more of this one

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Then again I'm not complaining, in the end the ones that do well unexpected compensate for those shots you thought would do well but were uploaded at the same day an A320 crashed in the Hudson Wink

Some shots can go either way, many variables determine a shots eventual popularity.


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:47 am

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
And show us a picture which got a lot more views than you expected.
Here my contribution again:

Easy, really easy. The A380 factor. Anything with the A380 generally gets big numbers of hits, even if it is a very, very boring photo.

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Plenty of hits in a short period of time. However most of mine get up over 2000.

And another side on one (quite boring):


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I thought this one might have had more:


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But it hasn't reached 4000 yet, even though it has been on here for a good while. I don't really care however. If people look at my photos, good for them, if they don't - it doesn't matter that much. I'm taking another break from getting photos at the moment (too hot, too much heat haze) - so these will have to do for the moment.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:18 pm

I guess I consider everything above 2500-3000 hits a high-hitter.
The examples you ask about are very recent for me.

I had high hopes for this one:

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And this one did way better that I expected:

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I guess one of the reasons is that Groningen isn't that well (internationally) known. I'm doing my best to get it on the map though  Wink
 
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:24 pm

I consider anything above my average, currently about 1750, as a high-hitter.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo

Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:54 pm

Anything over my average hits (2400?) is a high hitter in my book.

This one got a lot more than I thought it would. Even made number two of the day. I think it was coincidence, it was accepted around the same time as the BA 777 crash last year.


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Or this one. It's just a CRJ. Why it has over 5K+ hits I have no idea.


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On the other hand, I thought this one would have gotten more, but I guess as far as snow landings go this one is nothing special.


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:10 pm

Well, I'd say a high-hitter is above average, which for me right now is 3000+ views.

Here's two where I am surprised at the views:


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The first one clearly lives off the A380 bonus, but I was still surprised when it made top of the day, because it was taken at ILA 2006, and there were plenty other 380 shots uploaded that day. It's now got close to 70K hits. The other just surprises me for I see no special hit factor in it, yet it's got 4200 views.

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The first one, because it's a rare, old breed of biz jet and the strobe is showing even in the thumbnail (538 views); the other one, because old Russian birds in Cubana colours generally do better (601 views).
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:19 pm

For me a high-hitter photo has 10.000+ views.

I was surprised about those two pictures (both with 70.000+ views) ... just WHY?


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I hoped for more views on this one (accepted on a day with many high-hitters). But I am not complaining.  Smile


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:43 pm

Most of mine are old and older does seem popular especially with the classic airlines and aircraft. The top 3 are

UA B744 over 8000


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TWA B747 over 7000


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BA Concorde nearly 7000


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The only one of mine (58 in all) with less than 1000 is this one


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This one surprised me in being popular, given the others already on the site


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Maybe the view of the aircraft being different.

And this one, maybe because it's an old view at a famous airport


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:47 pm

I was hopping this would have got more hits.......

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Am hopping this one get many hits....only added today!

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:16 pm

Nice thread Wilco

I was not surprised at receiving many hits on that one (50K +) :


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But this one came as a surprise high-hitter (35K +) :


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:43 pm

So from what I read we all have pictures where the views turned out different than we expected.

Most said that 2000+ is a high hitter and some get a lot higher as they show a crash or first flight or something like this.

I am usually just happy if a shot get accepted (with an AR of 38%) every accepted shot is a celebration to me.

And if it gets a lot of hits or even to the front page, then I am for sure thrilled. And when it is chosen as Photographers Choice  praise 

I want to add one picture to this which made me somewhat sad.


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It got 'only' 300 views during the initial stage after the upload. I didn't expect many views as it is nothing special. For me it was and it became even more special now. It was the airplane I was flying on together with Paulo. 21 days later, nearly at exactly the same time he crashed in that plane.  Sad
After the crash the views got up to 3100+ now. Usually I am happy if the views go up, but not under these circumstances...

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:41 pm



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 12):
I want to add one picture to this which made me somewhat sad.

Somehow there's an eerie atmosphere in that photo... RIP Paulo.

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
When do you speak of a "high- hitter"?


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100,000 Big grin

No, seriously, I'd say 2,000 hits within the first 24 hours is a high-hitter. Whether an older photo has accumulated 2,500 or 7,500 hits doesn't mean much to me.


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I expected this shot to do well, but it only got a few hundred hits initially. By now it has 5,000 though. It seems that shots of rare-ish aircraft and registrations continue to accumulate hits steadier than average airliner shots.


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This one got an unexpected load of hits, though it's just an old bird with a fake livery for a movie shoot.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:48 pm

I would consider a high-hitter a picture that gets 2.000+ hits within the first 24 hours.

For me this one was a very pleasant surprise:

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Never thought that a boring LAN A318 could get that many hits!

Then again, I actually expected much more from this one:

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For me, the number of hits a picture will get at A.net remains a mystery, but usually cabin and A380/B787 shots will do very well.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:50 pm

The bigger the better usually, of my top 25 pics only 1 is of a narrowbody aircraft.

Andres is that 737 had been a 747 I garanty it would have had double the hits or more

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:06 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 13):
Somehow there's an eerie atmosphere in that photo... RIP Paulo.

It still feels weird everytime when I look at that picture...  Sad

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 13):
100,000 Big grin

THAT is indeed an high hitter. I don't have something. My highest is 46k views, added over the years since 2006:


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Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually, of my top 25 pics only 1 is of a narrowbody aircraft.

Agreed. here it looks like size does matter Big grin

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:12 pm

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually,

I think that is a correct statement! Also applicable for military aircraft (where B-52's and Vulcan seem very popular), whereas Phantom's are amongst the most popular as well!

For myself, the old ones score pretty well. This one was for a long time my most popular shot:


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until very recently taken over by the Kalitta mishap in Brussels.


This one, a close-up of the F-16's tail:


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was a surprise-hitter for me as well (don't know what happened here...)


This is an oldie that scored less initially, but I was already glad that it got accepted:


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These oldies bring back so many good memories, it is only sad that my father - who taught me about photography - is no longer here to witness these past memories, brought back to life via the digital age...

PS: Personally, I have my photo-album "my high-hitters" set at > 2500hits, but I agree that the term "high-hitters" is better related to the achievements in the first 24hrs....

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:42 pm

Hi

For me, a high hitter is when the picture reachs 5000 hits, and usually i feel a bit dissapointed when a picture doesn't reach 500 after first 24h

I was surprised when this two pictures reached top of 24h:

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Although I had to deal hardly with existing light on the MD picture (I had to ask the jetway driver to light the dark wing of the plane) I thought it would hardly collect 5000 hits. The CFM engine picture may be interesting, but is not a nice one.


But i felt very dissapointed with this two.

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The two pictures were taken the same day, and this day it was a perfect daybreak I think both pictures shows, but one never knows... The Beechcraft doesn't reach 1000 hits!!

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually

Agree here. And the bigger the airport, the more hits you get as well. This is why I'm really proud of having more than 8300 average hits on my small home airport with smaller-than-an-A321 aircrafts.


Good thread, it made me realize about such things.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:50 pm

This one did surprisingly well when first added, and is now at 28K hits:

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Conversely, I thought this one would generate interest because of the viewpoint and the unusual activity but, in seven years, it's up to only about 2800 hits:

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Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually, of my top 25 pics only 1 is of a narrowbody aircraft.

Only 3 of my top 50 are wide bodies!
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:59 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 2):
Then again I'm not complaining, in the end the ones that do well unexpected compensate for those shots you thought would do well but were uploaded at the same day an A320 crashed in the Hudson Wink

Sorry about that Tim, I did suck up a ton of hits in the days following that with shots like this...


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For me, I think 10K hits makes it a big hitter - without my shots of N106US, I average about 6K.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 3):
Easy, really easy. The A380 factor. Anything with the A380 generally gets big numbers of hits, even if it is a very, very boring photo.

Maybe, but I've only gotten a little over 2K with this shot, and I don't think of that as a large number of hits.

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What I really get a charge out of is taking a shot of an "ordinary" aircraft, but capturing it in a way that makes it stand out:

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Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:15 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually, of my top 25 pics only 1 is of a narrowbody aircraft.

For my it's the other way around. Out of my top 25, only 10 would be considered widebodies.

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 20):
What I really get a charge out of is taking a shot of an "ordinary" aircraft, but capturing it in a way that makes it stand out:

That last shot is great John. I've looked at it a few times since it was added and kinda inspired me to try something similar. Only problem is I'm by myself during the nightly hours and I cant marshall and photograph at the same time.
 
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:36 pm

There's only two widebodies in my top-25, but that only reflects my uploading. I'm sure it's true that a photo of a widebody attracts far more shots than a similar photo of a smaller airliner.

Quoting Vzlet (Reply 19):
This one did surprisingly well when first added, and is now at 28K hits:

Doesn't surprise me, captures the Avanti really well.

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 16):
THAT is indeed an high hitter.

Pot luck I'm afraid.

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 20):
What I really get a charge out of is taking a shot of an "ordinary" aircraft, but capturing it in a way that makes it stand out:

Yes, I take more pride in high-hitting shots of ordinary aircraft, too.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:06 pm



Quoting Mat1979 (Reply 11):

But this one came as a surprise high-hitter (35K +) :

Well I for one think that it easily deserves it. I love that shot...

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually,

Very true...

I have no idea why this got 12,000+ in one day, other than a certain incident in the Hudson a few days prior (not even the same reg....)


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I guess we can apply Mr. de Groot's rule of 'the bigger the better' here, as the 767 is nearly at 10,000, but the Dash-8 is just under 1000. Same day, same conditions, different size planes...
 
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Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:17 pm

I found that new airframes/types are popular. I got over 8000 hits in one day with this one:


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Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:59 pm

Here is one that took a while to gather some views from mine:


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It has since gotten quite a few views, but it took some time. LOL!!!!

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 2):

Tim, that engine shot is one of my favs man! I love that!!
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Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:05 pm

This one was higher then my normal hits (3,000 average).

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but I was hoping for higher, personally.

Also, this one is nothing special, but not even getting out of 400? I did upload it during one of our problem times, though.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:25 pm

For me, a high hitter in todays airliners.net environment is something that gets 2,000+ views in the first day. That almost guarantees a spot on the front page these days where they explode in views from there. Anything reaching 8,000+ over time is a big hitter too, as it shows some lasting appeal. Of course the ones that get 10,000+ in the first day or so are really big hitters.

I thought this one would have been a bigger hitter. However, the new homepage went online shortly after it was added to the database, so maybe that had something to do with it.


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This one as well... It actually made the number 4 spot of 24 hours, but because hits and the homepage had frozen still for a few days, it never got it's spot on the home page. Can't help but feel it would have gotten a few more hits.


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I also had high hopes for this one because I thought it was interesting. Perhaps that's just me though.


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Quoting Stil (Reply 18):
But i felt very dissapointed with this two.

That Citation shocked the hell out of me. Couldn't believe it wasn't exploding with hits! It's a beautiful shot.

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 20):
What I really get a charge out of is taking a shot of an "ordinary" aircraft, but capturing it in a way that makes it stand out:

I have been trying that kind of shot for a long time, but without "a.net caliber" success. 737s pulling into a gate are a little harder to pull off I suppose. I saw yours when it was uploaded and thought, NOOOOOOOOOOO that was my idea!  banghead  lol...really though, great shot.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:33 pm



Quoting Mat1979 (Reply 11):
But this one came as a surprise high-hitter (35K +) :

This was my desktop background for about 4 months at work this summer. Just an incredible scene and a great shot of Interlaken.

This is an image that I had a feeling would be successful, but I never thought it would get a Top of Day since there are many others like it:

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And I am a bit disappointed these two didn't do better when I first uploaded them because I think they are the two best images I have. Now, they both have over 5500 views, but I thought they would get a lot right at the beginning.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:22 pm

Good post wilco737, have not read such a good thread in here for quite a while.

I don't really have high expectations, I mostly am happy for photos to get accepted  Smile However for more interesting or unusual photos, I would like them to get over 1000 hits in a relatively short time.

Amongst my most popular shots, this one I cannot understand :


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There is nothing wrong with it, but nearly 12,000 hits is a very high amount for me and I can't see why. Sure, it is a nice Messerschmitt, but it is only a side view and a replica as well, not the real thing!

I expected a few more for this very recent addition:


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Nothing special and I was not expecting huge hits at all, but I thought it would have over 1000 by now rather than the 660 hits it has. Never mind! Must try harder  Wink

My latest photo accepted I have more hopes for. New registration to the database, new type to the database, a wreck, nice lighting, quite unusual. Let's see......

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:15 pm

Nice idea for a thread!

I guess anything over 2000 views or so I would consider a big hitter.

This one got more than I expected for a fairly ordinary side on view, with no sun:


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But these two, although nothing special, I thought would get a few more - neither are close to 1000 hits



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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:47 pm

Anything above 10000 would be a big hitter for me.

I raced this B744 as it taxied toward its parking area, and when I got the spot along the taxiway to shoot her, I realized I had my long lens on. I had to settle for a front half shot rather than getting the whole aircraft. Even with the man poking his head out of the top, I was still surprised the photo got that many hits.


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Slightly disappointed with this AQ B732 shot, as the conditions, in my opinion, were superb. Not to mention the demise of that fine airline . . .


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:55 am

I am kind of surprised this got so many views as the plane has been around for awhile and it just a "basic" "A.net" shot:


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I thought this one would have done a bit better with the way the light was and the panning:


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Also this one because it shows how busy the ramp was and a very beautiful corsair:


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Lastly this one I thought would do better because it is a different angle for RNO and has pretty nice detail:


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:01 am



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 2):
the same day an A320 crashed in the Hudson

Or two weeks after.

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
show us a picture which got a lot more views than you expected.


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This one has baffled me to this day as to why it got more than 1500 hits but I guess someone likes Thai airways out there.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo

Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:05 am

This is the only photo that I have gotten in the database, I would have thought more people would have liked to look at classic fan blades.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:13 am

I didn't expect this one to get 10,000+ views. It would've gotten more, but for the hit counters getting stuck that very day! What rotten luck  Sad


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I thought this one would do better, considering that its the first photo of the new aircraft type in the airline's full colours, and also the panning. But well...


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:40 am

Everything about 200 in first 24 hours would be a high hitter i think.
Surprised about the amount of hits (38288 and 133938 on those 2)

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Disappointed a bit on this one with 1529

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:43 am

I'd also say 2000+ is high-hitter.

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in general, I noticed photos without actual aircrafts in them (terminal buildings, airport overfly pics, cabins) tend to generate more interest.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:52 am

2000 plus is high in my book.
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:58 am

This one was a surprise for me,at first it only had about 1000 hits but after its crash landing in Heathrow few weeks later it went upto 19000+ hits at present.


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This one was a surprise hit aswell getting quite a few and being a top photo for 24hrs and now at 45000,i cant say it really was too interesting to attract so many hits but did.

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This one recently that i got quite lucky with for A380,it banked very early to avoid some stormy weather which allowed me to get this shot and it did make number 1 photo for few hours but i expected it to be a more hit rater than what it was,upto 11000 at present.


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:23 pm



Quoting GPHOTO (Reply 29):
My latest photo accepted I have more hopes for. New registration to the database, new type to the database, a wreck, nice lighting, quite unusual. Let's see......

Ok, 12,000 hits and climbing in less than 24 hours. I have to admit that is way, way beyond my expectations. Thanks to all those of you who've looked, I've had my first ever top of 24 hours. But the real credit goes to whoever thought up and created this diorama at the museum, such an imaginative and non-destructive way to display the remains. I would like to see a few more exhibits like this in other museums - wrecks can make good exhibits in their own right.


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:00 pm

For me, anything above 5,000.
It has been tough lately... don't know why I have the feeling since DM took over, hits came down tremendously.

All my top hitters:
https://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?album=5037

In the old days this would have easily been above 30,000


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:12 pm

Much more then expected:


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A bit less then I expected:


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:55 am



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 15):
The bigger the better usually, of my top 25 pics only 1 is of a narrowbody aircraft.

I shoot mostly GA aircraft, and unless they are "air-to-air" (which I haven't done yet), they rarely attract as many hits as the "biggies". Also, they hardly ever make it big in the first couple of days, the hits accumulate slowly. Therefore, if my picture finally makes it to 1000 views, to me personally it is a high-hitter.

GA aircraft have have, however, their dedicated audience, and there is another rewarding side to uploading them, namely - receiving feedback from the owners and people who have flown them in the past. For example, I uploaded this photo a while ago:

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Just yesterday, I received a letter from the person whose grandfather first flown this aircraft into Australia in 1939!

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:38 am

My high-hopes shot that ended up tanking (as far as hits go, anyway) is this one. It was the first 737-300SF in North America, as well as the first 737 for Kitty Hawk Aircargo. It was published in several magazines, and it was printed four feet wide and framed in the lobby of Kitty Hawk's corporate offices:


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And then there's this shot - which was rejected twice before making it into the d/b. Not only did it get accepted, it was top of 24, and won Photographer's Choice. Now it has nearly 48,000 hits:


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:52 am



Quoting Chukcha (Reply 43):
GA aircraft have have, however, their dedicated audience, and there is another rewarding side to uploading them, namely - receiving feedback from the owners and people who have flown them in the past.

Very true. I get more feedback about GA shots then any other. "I used to own/fly this plane", "That's me flying that plane", "I learnt to fly in that Tiger Moth back in the war" and so on.

It's nice to have a quick e-mail chat with some of the pilots, they've all been friendly so far and fascinated that they and their mounts get photographed with as much enthusiasm as the military guys at airshows. Quite a few like to have decent hard-copies of said images as well, which helps pay for some of the petrol I use travelling around!

It's a niche area of the genre, which many choose to ignore, but for me it is one of the most rewarding.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo

Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:24 pm

I think the trick is to get your photo Dugg or on StumbleUpon. Once that happens the views go thru the roof:


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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:46 pm

Whether a photo is a 'high hitter' or not really depends upon the number of views in a given time period, personally I am happy with anything that gets over 1000 views, not worried if it takes a day or a year  Smile

I did upload a few photos from the Kansas Aviation Museum a couple of weeks ago and there were some surprises...

Now, I thought this one was going to do really well:


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When I took the photo I was thinking 'A.Net' and tried hard to get the old airport terminal through the skeletal remains of that B-29 cockpit. This was going to be a 'big hitter'. Oh well, 448 views  Sad

Yet this one was the complete opposite:


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I took care with this one and it 'processed' well too but at the end of the day it is just a B-52D gun turret, nothing more, yet it managed nearly 9000 views in 24 hours, was the 3rd highest viewed A.Net photo in 24 hours and is my 12th highest viewed photo out of 1690 posted. That is a 'big hitter'! But to be honest I prefer the B-29 photo.

I still maintain that there is a large element of luck to photo views based upon the time that photos are accepted. The B-29 was accepted at a quiet time of day but the B-52 turret was accepted mid-morning and had the benefit of the lunchtime viewers in Europe then the USA. Not complaining though, was nice to have my name on the front page for a few hours
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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:36 pm



Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
When do you speak of a "high- hitter"?

For me it has to be 10k+ IMO.

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
Show us a picture in your portfolio which you thought would get a lot more views, but didn't.


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This one has 13514 views so far, had hoped for a 30k+ on that to be fair.

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
And show us a picture which got a lot more views than you expected.


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This one has 111869 views so far, which really took me by surprise.

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RE: What Do You Consider As A "high- Hitter" Photo?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Anything over 2000 views tends to be a high hitter for me, a lot less than alot of you aim for! Alas, it keeps me happy!

I was quite surprised at this "high hitter"


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I was hoping that the angle would draw some people in for a few hits, although higher than the majority of my others, I was hoping for more!

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