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The Underbelly of The Whale
The Underbelly of The Whale
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backsides (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Tullamarine Melbourne International Airport
Date: Jun 12, 2007
Aperture: F10
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2007

I love going to the back of the airport runways as I did as a kid with my grandfather and Olympus OM1MD. I love the view of the planes as they pass a hundred metres over your head.

The sky was brooding on the day and I liked this image most out of the ones that I took. A little grainy, but I think that adds to the drama.

EDIT: Grayscale, Duotone, USM, Dodge and Burn, Noise Ninja. Cloned out sensor dust. Levels and more dodge and burn...not in that order - I work intuitively.

PREDICTION: I hope this will do well. 6.7XXX It probably won't be right up there and will probably get criticised for the border and the grain, perhaps even the dodge and burn...but I like it, so that's all that matters really.

POST: Yeah, Top 10...and right on with my prediction for a change. I know it wasn't technically a backside, but it was where you'd expect a 'backside' to be on a plane... :-) Thanks everyone!


Statistics
Place: 10 out of 381
Avg (all users): 6.6892
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 6.6333
Avg (non-participants): 6.7759
Views since voting: 2362
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 148
Comments: 48
Favorites: 11 (view)


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07/10/2007 10:18:42 PM
Beautiful
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07/01/2007 01:02:56 AM
I say it again; Man, Flying is better than sex. I love the photo.
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06/30/2007 12:16:46 AM
Well, I didn't notice it either during the challenge but I didn't look in depth. I'm surprised it finished in tenth with all the 'trolls', dnmc Nazi's and such. You're right, it is not technically a 'backside' it's 'Underbelly' as you even stated in the photo's title. It just goes to help prove my theory that these challenges are fixed in some sort of way! };>)

I have tons of photos like this, maybe I should upload one or two. They always get rejected from JetPhotos.net for 'motive'. I'm like 'huh? - it's the showing the engines and landing gears'. That's the motive! Nice shot...

Edit - Okay, apparently I DON'T have tons of photos like yours. I guess since JetPhotos didn't like them I must have tossed them. I did find this one but it's not as good lighting nor quite the same angle. Anyway...

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06/29/2007 11:05:45 PM
I just noticed this! Awesome job. Congratulation on the top 10 with this great b/w study!
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06/25/2007 01:15:44 PM
I've always wanted to shoot something similar, except that you did a wonderful justice to a shot from my imagination :) Simply brilliant!

Number of reasons why I never shot something from this angle.. i was too lazy, Ithaca is a small place (3-4 flights in a day), always worried if cops might put me in jail.. I don't look too American you see :)
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06/25/2007 12:47:23 PM
This remembers me a shot I did in the past for a challenge, but didn't enter. I stayed for hours at the airport entrance watching the airplanes passing near my head and taking photos. That was a great time and your great photo just made me recall that. Thanks and congrats for this excellent photo.
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06/25/2007 10:48:59 AM
This is a stunningly powerful and dramatic shot. Great work, Enzo!
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06/25/2007 10:05:28 AM
wonderful capture!
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06/25/2007 09:39:42 AM
Good job, I gave it an 8. Technically, this is the "underbelly" but there's too many technically's on this site... ;-)
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06/25/2007 09:11:40 AM
Awesome image, truly. Sorry I didn't get a vote in this challenge as this would have scored high from me. Interesting that some voters were bothered by the underside/backside thing -- I wondered if that would happen. Congrats on your top ten.
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06/25/2007 08:53:15 AM
I should of realised during voting that this was a hotpasta, went right past me though. Great photo...congratulations on the top ten!
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06/25/2007 08:28:42 AM
This was by far the best airplane shot. Congrats on top 10
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06/25/2007 06:45:54 AM
awesome shot! congrats on the finish
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06/25/2007 03:55:17 AM
VERY strong shot - one of my top picks. Your choices in composition, processing and framing are all dead on. Nice work, Enzo!
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06/25/2007 01:45:04 AM
very nice job. sorry I missed this one, good finish.
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06/25/2007 01:12:45 AM
what a great shot! i see we used similar frames :)
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06/25/2007 12:18:28 AM
Again you have taken an awesome image for us to view....Totally awesome in everyway..... I hope I get a chance to see you while in we are in melboirne or maybe phone you.....
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06/25/2007 12:17:48 AM
Congrats, Enzo! Really dramatic. We have a similar spot at our airport, so you've inspired me to get out there. :)
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06/25/2007 12:12:51 AM
This image is so rich and powerful that it deserves a ribbon! Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2007 10:52:56 PM
A magnificent and strong image! 8
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06/23/2007 06:57:40 PM
The is very impressive, it looks like a still from a movie.
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06/23/2007 12:02:59 PM
Nice Pic! Love the composition and the tone! well done
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06/23/2007 05:52:35 AM
Fantastic entry for this challenge:)
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06/23/2007 05:22:56 AM
The lighting and perspective of this image is great. I am giving you a ten.
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06/22/2007 11:20:23 PM
Terrific. Love the crop and the diagonal line.
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06/22/2007 09:33:49 PM
cool
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06/22/2007 06:22:54 PM
Neat composition. Like the BW.
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06/22/2007 11:37:46 AM
Cool shot and great capture. I love the processing.
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06/22/2007 06:39:41 AM
fantastic lighting and level of detail. the sky is also suitably dramatic, and serves to bring out the plane in a more BAM kind of way. some of the whites feel a tad blown, but other than that, it's technically great. i love the crop, and angle of the subject. not sure the underside actually qualifies as a backside, so might have to dock you a little bit there. also, the slightly odd border doesn't seem quite committed enough to that widescreen look, but it's a minor complaint. love it muchly still.

My First Weighted Scoring System ; composition + technical 3/3, challenge 0.75/1, post processing results 1.75/2, ooooh factor 3/3, originality 1/1 = 9.50 (rounded to 10)
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06/21/2007 07:41:21 PM
Had to add this to my favorites. I can almost hear the roar of the engines and feel the wind as it passes overhead. Great postprocessing and the crop is perfect for this challenge.
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06/21/2007 03:18:34 PM
oh wow, fantastic
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06/20/2007 02:37:05 PM
Isn't this really the underside not the backside? very nice shot regardless
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06/20/2007 12:16:28 PM
nice and dramtic, looks like a movie poster. 8
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06/20/2007 10:33:59 AM
Wow. Awesome point of view! I like that the photo is very contrasty. Lends to the mood of the shot... it's a powerful machine, and a powerful photo. Lovely.
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06/20/2007 03:02:20 AM
I love this picture but I don't feel that the underside is the same as the backside.
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06/19/2007 05:43:56 PM
I don't usually go for this kind of processing but it seems to work very well here. Don't care for the lopsided framing though. Nice job.
TC
PS: I don't think the underside is the same as the backside... ;-)
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06/19/2007 02:52:20 PM
More underside than backside, BUT an awesome shot.
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06/19/2007 06:55:21 AM
excellent airplane shot, great tones and conversion, nice diagonals
8
Jack
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06/19/2007 12:53:34 AM
This is one of the best pictures I've ever seen. I absolutely love it!
Truly great work!
(10) <-- too bad I can't vote.
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06/18/2007 05:59:48 PM
wow, very dramatic tones... 8
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06/18/2007 04:53:52 PM
Im not so keen on the border here but that has not influenced my score.
The processing is A1 and whilst I am at Airports 2 -3 times every week, I stuggle to find a better image of a plane than this - Top marks from me
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06/18/2007 02:27:48 PM
That's very good - and a different take on the challenge :)
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06/18/2007 09:12:39 AM
Awesome!
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06/18/2007 08:30:29 AM
Super applause for this image. In the challenge a lot of people seem to have gone for simply shooting 'normal' things that happen to be walking away from them. You however have really got to grips with the idea of the challenge and whatismore have produced a stunning image to boot. Lovely B&W conversion, loving the tones and contrast and the border works well One word. Brilliant.....Oh and heres another word....Ten
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06/18/2007 06:25:42 AM
This is SPECTACULAR! 10!!!
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06/18/2007 05:16:21 AM
That's impressive - can you still hear?
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06/18/2007 05:09:50 AM
nice and close and great BW conversion,. not keen on the borders unevan apperance. nice crop, good luck
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06/18/2007 12:50:34 AM
Very nicely executed shot- great details, i wonder why you destaurated it as the sky wud have looked wonderful
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