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Private Jet, Private Sky
Private Jet, Private Sky

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Challenge: Wealth (Basic Editing)
Collection: Airplanes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Washington National Airport
Date: Sep 18, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/320s
Galleries: Travel, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2007

I'm really surprised to have anything to enter. I went to the airport to get a shot like this, but arrived just after the sun had gone down, and it was a clear blue sky. No interesting clouds and it was getting too dark to take much that wasn't very noisy. This was the second shot I took.

As I flipped through them, I really didn't see much worth pursuing. Then I came back to this and there was just a faint bit of pink in the lower left corner. Hmmm ...

To my pleasant surprise, deep colors emerged after a LOT of heavy curves and multiple noise reduction passes, plus a selective color layer to further push the colors. Oh, and I used the healing brush to get rid of one dust spot just above the plane. The "vignette" came naturally out of the editing; I didn't even do anything in the RAW conversion. Crop, resize, add the frame, and submit.

So I agree completely with the folks who complained about the lack of sharpness and other stuff around the airplane; in advanced editing I would've cleaned it up. :)

I also have no trouble with some people thinking the colors are over the top. I actually considered reducing the saturation, but I like it this bold.

Oh, and it's a commercial 20-seat-or-so plane, not a private jet; none of those went by when I had decent light.

Place: 17 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.9561
Avg (commenters): 6.6429
Avg (participants): 5.5854
Avg (non-participants): 6.0374
Views since voting: 1030
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 228
Comments: 17
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10/01/2007 02:10:28 PM
Hello from the Critique Club,

It is amazing what you accomplished in post processing considering what you started with. You almost turned a piece of coal into a diamond. Sorry this critique doesn't contain more substance but you got everything out of this image that could be got. Nicely done.

Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions regarding this critique.

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09/26/2007 12:50:35 PM
Wow..your processing of the original is amazing!! Colors are fantastic!
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09/26/2007 11:10:02 AM
Amazing job with the PP! Who'd have thought all of that color was just waiting to be brought out? Probably even surprised yourself, eh? :P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2007 09:55:19 PM
oh snap, we are going down!
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09/24/2007 08:50:28 PM
Great image/exposure and sky, very bad haloing around the subject.
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09/24/2007 06:15:08 PM
Private jet, public sky. They should pay us to use it so selfishly.

Good point nicely made - frame's a bit heavy.
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09/24/2007 11:47:25 AM
Great colors and composition
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09/24/2007 11:15:57 AM
Beautiful sky colors! Nice placement of the the plane.
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09/21/2007 08:10:11 PM
Oh yeah - that is opulent wealth LOL - 10
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09/21/2007 02:29:00 PM
The colors are a little overpowering to me but the composition is great!
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09/20/2007 03:33:13 PM
Very nice! I'd make a bet this is going to be 1st place.
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09/20/2007 11:01:39 AM
The object is too small and unclear.
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09/20/2007 01:00:23 AM
Great colours, don't like the plane - coulda been bigger, crisper - but it's a difficult shot - and you got it! Real crap submitted in this challenge. I'll give you a 9 'cause yer welcome relief!
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09/19/2007 11:47:25 PM
Nice colors. I wish the jet could have been more prominent though. Not bad.
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09/19/2007 03:06:46 PM
Plane seems a bit fuzzy on the edges. Great colors.
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09/19/2007 12:28:29 PM
If someone was to hang this photo with the label 'Wealth' under it - people would make the connection. Great concept, and nicely done (technically) overall. Good luck in the challenge.
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09/19/2007 10:32:50 AM
The colors look over done and the shades on the corners are not good for the picture.
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