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Down to Earth
Down to Earth

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Date: Feb 13, 2012
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/8000
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2012

I made this image while aboard an Osprey MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft with the SOCOM Parcommando group in Zephyrhills, FL.

Some of the difficulties of this image were getting a good dynamic range between the aircraft's bay and the ground below. I achieved this by making an image that had both interior and exterior underexposed, and then brought the earth back into the correct exposure via Lightroom.

Update: I'm very pleased to see this image has done so well. It's my third personal best in a row and that means a great deal to me, particularly since it's beaten my old best so thoroughly. I felt really confident about this shot, primarily because of the interesting action pose I captured. There are some certainly some things I would change, and now that I can see them perhaps my next images will get closer to the 7 mark.

Thank you again, voters/commenters!

Place: 66 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.2810
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.1892
Avg (non-participants): 6.5238
Views since voting: 482
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 153
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2012 03:51:07 PM
Great capture.
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03/06/2012 02:11:16 PM
Unique shot...well done!
Guess you got the camera back from the haystack?
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03/06/2012 01:58:37 PM
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03/06/2012 02:35:06 AM
Nice capture and composition pity you couldnt have been closer would have been awesome too shoot
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03/04/2012 01:02:13 PM
Awesome shot!
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03/02/2012 01:43:53 PM
Love it. This is something that I want to do, so it inspires me even more. Love the black and white. The detail. The look on the guys face. Great shot.
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03/01/2012 05:01:46 PM
Oh my........fabulous encouraging look on the guy's face......he makes it look exciting! cool composition effective in B&W
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03/01/2012 12:14:38 PM
great moment to catch
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03/01/2012 06:57:06 AM
Nice sense of movement.
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03/01/2012 06:07:15 AM
Great action shot. Would have maybe preferred this in color.
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03/01/2012 02:46:59 AM
saw this in critique at 1x, i prefer the plane detail left in rather than the suggested crop which did not work for me, id have tried to remove the halo'ing from around the jumpers, most noticable on left jumpers right shoulder and shoot area.
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03/01/2012 12:35:10 AM
What a moment!
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03/01/2012 12:20:57 AM
Whoaa, hope they had fun!
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