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Flying Paper Planes From Grandpa's Roof
Flying Paper Planes From Grandpa's Roof

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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DCR-TRV30
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Date: Aug 24, 2002
Aperture: 4.8
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Cityscape, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2002


Place: 14 out of 172
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Views since voting: 2202
Votes: 247
Comments: 44
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09/02/2002 12:51:00 AM
Thanks all for the comments. I was asked in many of them how I did this photo:

I took a picture of the sunset from my roof, on Friday night. I printed this image, and the next day I went back to the same spot on the roof. I used a very thin fishing line to place the paper plane on the horizon (with my wife’s help), and shoot as many as possible, at all sorts of angles. I used a mirror to light up the paper which of course was too dark against the sunset light, and moved out of focus quite a bit with the wind. Most takes were unusable cause the fishing line showed. It was pretty hard to get it as I imagined it. At the end I had at least as many as 8 options and I will never be sure if I chose the right one. Apparently I didn´t.
09/02/2002 12:33:00 AM
Aldo, te felicito! Me gustó mucho esta foto, y me dejaste muy intrigado. Cómo le hiciste?
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 09:18:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?9,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 6,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
09/01/2002 08:44:00 AM
Very nice shot .... would like a 'how did you do it' after the challenge .... 9 Lionel
09/01/2002 04:42:00 AM
Now this brings back memories. How did you get the image on the airplane?
Nice shot - 8 - Gotcha
08/31/2002 07:26:00 PM
UFO's were part of my childhood too! (Just kidding, hehe). Cool pic! lhall
08/31/2002 02:20:00 PM
Neat sunset. Good catch of the plane too. 7.
08/31/2002 01:00:00 PM
Nice idea using the same motive on the paper.
A bit motion blur would be nice to symbolise the movement of the paper plane (in case it really flew and you didn't set it up... Hm do I see a small string across the palm tree? ;-)
Good composition, lighting(!) and focus.
08/31/2002 04:08:00 AM
Is that a print of the same scene flying through there? Hope you have a few good ones of the sunset without planes too.
08/30/2002 11:41:00 AM
Strange - is that a folded version of a similar photo? Interesting idea. Nice sunset. 7 - floyd
08/30/2002 05:19:00 AM
Woo! Lovely sunset. Did you make the plane out of foil to get the reflections on it? I was confused, as it seemed the side of the plane nearest to us was reflecting things which were behind it, then I decided maybe the mountains continue round behind the photographer and there is another palm tree. But I am not really sure!
Please let me/ us know.
7, Kavey
08/29/2002 07:57:00 PM
very nice. is that a reflection on the airplane?
08/29/2002 03:40:00 PM
Nice! I like the reflectivity on the plane. 6 -lennier
08/29/2002 01:01:00 PM
i really don't understand the reflection in the airplane. did you make it out of metal? this is a nice shot, but the plane just seems stuck there and lifeless. a better angle would have helped, maybe from below the plane looking up from behind it.
08/29/2002 03:22:00 AM
This is a beautiful image. Exquisite sunset and great silhouettes. Nice composition. The finishing touch of course is the paper plane that has the same image of sunset as what I'm looking at right now :) Had it been just a white paper plane it would have detracted from the gorgeous sunset scene depicted here. The fact that it is pretty much the same image makes me chuckle and gives it a nice surrealist touch to the image. Great job. 10 Journey
08/29/2002 01:10:00 AM
this is very nice. it is a bit dark, but I like the airplane showing the scene. not sure how you did it but its cool. (7) ~mcmurma
08/28/2002 04:44:00 PM
Very nice. I like what you did with the airplane. Focus is sharp. Lighting is good. Subject is appropriate. 8
08/28/2002 03:11:00 PM
Beautiful sky and I like the picture on the paper airplane.Great shot. karmat
08/28/2002 02:15:00 PM

Message edited by author 2004-04-15 00:06:07.
08/28/2002 06:51:00 AM
Grandpa's got a hell of a view. :) Cool shot.
08/28/2002 01:26:00 AM
nice contrast
08/27/2002 11:40:00 PM
The paper plane is perfectly off center. Great photograph.
08/27/2002 12:25:00 PM
Beautiful picture!
08/27/2002 10:45:00 AM
wow. where does grandpa live. i want to visit.
08/27/2002 10:16:00 AM
Great picture. Very clever to have the background reproduced on the plane ! 9.
08/27/2002 10:16:00 AM
At first I thought there was a reflection in the airplane, and then I was thinking, How could the reflectin of the sun be on THIS side of the airplane? So I came to the conclusion that you must have printed the photo and turned it into an airplane and then flew it...lol Basically, I have no idea how this was done, but it's a great sun set, definately depicts childhood, and the angle and frame filling are great. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
08/27/2002 07:14:00 AM
Very cool.
08/27/2002 06:17:00 AM
Composition – ( 8 )
Technical Aspects – (8 )
Meets Challenge – ( 7 ) yes (if NO -2 point)
Creativity – ( 9)
Rating ( 9 )
08/26/2002 11:47:00 PM
Cool picture, you have to tell me how you did the picture on the plane. Folded the picture like a plane in photoshop? Love that sunset too.
08/26/2002 11:09:00 PM
how did you get the image on the paper plane? titotapado
08/26/2002 08:05:00 PM
Great idea! It seems like the paper airplane has the background on it. Did you do a quick print, make a plane and fly it all in one evening? Very cool idea! This gets better and better!!! 10 Swash
08/26/2002 06:03:00 PM
08/26/2002 05:58:00 PM
I like this picture, although it's a little too dark. What exactly is there on the paper plane? I see the same picture. Did you print it and then made the plane?
08/26/2002 05:02:00 PM
08/26/2002 03:28:00 PM
Very nicely done.
08/26/2002 02:03:00 PM
Cool repetition of image between the plane and the tree, but I'd like a more dynamic angle on the plane. I realize that would be tough, given the speed the sun sets ... ideally, I'd like to see the plane head right for the camera.
08/26/2002 02:03:00 PM
Just how I made them. Good work, interesting to view, color is good and it's in focus!! Nice job. Score 7 Justine
08/26/2002 12:46:00 PM
I always do a quick scan of the photos to see which ones I want to vote on first.... This one seriously caught my atention right away. Great concept - I am sure this is what we all thought as kids about our paper airplanes. Excellent.
08/26/2002 11:15:00 AM
Nice photo, i feel free when i look at it :) a 10.
08/26/2002 10:46:00 AM
absolutely incredible. the idea. the execution. i envy you... you need a better camera to serve you right. : )
08/26/2002 08:02:00 AM
It's a great shot - but it doesn't look much like a paper plane. However, it's artistic and beautiful... Can't fault the picture technically (8)
08/26/2002 05:14:00 AM
made out of photo paper of a picture of the picture in the picture?
08/26/2002 02:11:00 AM
Mmm... how on earth did you get the paper aeroplane to reflect the palm tree and hills?
08/26/2002 01:06:00 AM
cool shot. I would be curious how you got the picture on the plane. was it already on the paper?

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