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Aerial Refueling
2nd PlaceAerial Refueling
CorySmith


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Unusual Objects (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye for Canon
Date: May 28, 2009
Aperture: 13
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Military, Fish Eye
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2009

HMH-361 and VMGR-352 practice aerial refueling in Afghanistan.
I cant imagine how difficult this must be for the chopper pilots. Sitting there in the jump seat I was amazed at the skill of the pilots on both aircraft.

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Post Challenge:
Wow thanks all, I didn't think this fell into the 'Unusual Objects' category but it was an unusual occurrence so that was enough justification for me. Thank you all for the continued support and encouragement.


As seen in my book "Actuality"

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.5641
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 5.9500
Avg (non-participants): 6.8831
Views since voting: 7592
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 117
Comments: 28
Favorites: 10 (view)


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06/12/2009 05:56:04 PM
What a view, thanks for sharing it! An awesome image, well deserved ribbon.
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06/12/2009 01:06:12 AM
Great Great phtograph to say the least, excellent work. 1 of the tens is mine.
Consider a print.
Tareq
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06/10/2009 09:55:36 AM
WTG! You da man!
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06/10/2009 12:09:08 AM
Originally posted by Fetor:

... I didnt think this fell into the 'Unusual Objects' category but it was an unusual occurrence so that was enough justification for me.

Before I read your comments, I had virtually the same reaction. I've seen many films over the years depicting this activity, but never from this perspective nor this quality. Congratulations!

ETA: I just re-read that this is a helicopter, not a jet. I don't think I've ever seen that! :-)

Message edited by author 2009-06-10 00:10:59.
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06/09/2009 10:41:01 PM
This is an absolutely phenomenal image. Brilliant! To have the opportunity to take such a shot is mind blowing in itself, but that you've executed it as perfectly as you have just blows me away. This is one of my all-time faves on DPC.
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06/09/2009 08:30:37 PM
Jesus christ, excellent shot.
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06/09/2009 01:13:35 PM
Scored this one a 10. Every time I see it, it still blows me away. Fits the theme very well from my perspective. :)
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06/08/2009 02:26:19 PM
now that is something... pretty bad ass, congrats on the ribbon
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06/08/2009 01:22:47 PM
Congratulations Cory! What a great perspective! I really like the post processing too! Stay safe bud
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06/08/2009 10:02:28 AM
Hey, way to go, Cory! This is AWESOME! I love your military photos so much! I'm so happy you won a ribbon with this one. Congratulations, and keep them coming!
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06/08/2009 09:42:25 AM
Booooorrrring - yet another pilots eye view air to air refuelling shot. so cliched - gimme water drops any day of the week.

;)
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06/08/2009 07:58:58 AM
Terrific use of fish-eye. Not a shot one sees every day... Congratulations!
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06/08/2009 05:50:09 AM
I bet when they get bored they play little computer games using their joysticks.
Terrific picture, congratulations on the Blue Ribbon.
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06/08/2009 02:21:20 AM
Kickass, Cory! Congratulations!
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06/08/2009 01:13:37 AM
Great capture!! this is really unusual. Congratulations on your ribbon!!
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06/08/2009 12:33:13 AM
Awesome! well done
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06/08/2009 12:06:55 AM
Too cool! Congrats! :D (show-off :P)
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06/08/2009 12:06:18 AM
WOW congratulations
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06/08/2009 12:03:01 AM
Woo hoo!!!! Congrats! Not only is it a cool shot (and great use of the fisheye) but very nice that you got to sit in the jumpseat for a refueling.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2009 02:40:10 PM
Not unusual, but a great view for us earth-bound folks 9
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06/06/2009 11:49:00 AM
Whoa, that's a lot of instruments.
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06/06/2009 01:44:33 AM
Certainly a rarely photographed subject. An unusual angle creating cone-head helmets ... a certain amount of poetic justice there I think. I like it and am giving it best in show. Well done.
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06/05/2009 09:56:18 AM
that is quite unusual, not many get to see that first hand...
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06/04/2009 12:36:41 PM
Cory, did you ever find out what the extra joystick was all about? Sorry, bud but since I know this is yours I'm not going to vote on it. Good shot though.
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06/03/2009 09:27:44 AM
A shot not everyone gets to take! Nice distortion.
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06/02/2009 07:31:20 AM
Very unusual photograph, Neat shot. The super wide angle lens gave a unique prospective.
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06/01/2009 11:52:10 AM
I know who's this is! :) I hope that folks don't get on your for this not meeting the challenge. It will ribbon for sure if they don't. It's a 10 from me. Great shot.
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06/01/2009 12:08:33 AM
wow...that's an amazing perspective...fisheye??? 8
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