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Pate's home for retired warriors (cw)
Pate's home for retired warriors (cw)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Planes, Trains and Automobiles II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Cresson, Texas
Date: Mar 21, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Transportation, Military
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2010

The Pate Transportation museum, located a few miles south of Fort Worth. The aircraft are in a worsening state of disrepair. Unfortunately, the museum has recently closed due to lack of funding. It was run by volunteers for a while, and I did get there to see some of the car collection a few months back. The cars are all indoors and in good condition. I assume the planes will either be taken by other museums or continue to deteriorate. I didn't have much choice of perspectives shooting from the fence, and the weather didn't cooperate with me either. I think for the limitations I had, I did well with this, but I would be surprised if this does any better than a mid-pack finish. For anyone interested, here is an article discussing the closure.

Anticipated critiques:
-Strange angle
-Expect some comments about the poor condition the aircraft are in.

Post-challenge notes:
This one teased me by staying slightly over a 6 for about half the challenge and then dropped in the last day. Can't complain as it still did way better than I had anticipated. This wasn't a 6+ entry.

Place: 23 out of 90
Avg (all users): 5.9548
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 5.9250
Avg (non-participants): 5.9613
Views since voting: 1091
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 221
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/31/2010 04:40:36 PM
Nice one Yo. You've got me looking aircraft and military hardware museums around here.
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03/31/2010 09:34:22 AM
I like your processing for this shot.
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03/31/2010 08:45:12 AM
thought this would do better..I like it.
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03/31/2010 01:15:16 AM
Depressing, but very good photo. These are more victims of a country losing it's roots as the new generations disconnect with the past.
I hope that the planes find homes before they disintegrate. It's hard to move a big plane like these if they aren't airworthy.
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03/31/2010 12:27:28 AM
Great Job buddy!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2010 03:03:55 PM
Here's my comments (because you put the CW in the title)

If I was voting on this challenge, I would have given you a 6. I like your composition especially how you've framed the flying boat with the foreground aircraft. My one minor issue is that I feel you could have cropped off the right hand edge slightly to loose the wing-root so that distraction was removed.
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03/27/2010 12:53:09 PM
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03/27/2010 10:10:27 AM
Looks almost like an HDR shot (or maybe some topaz). I like the textures it leaves on the planes themselves. Gread DOF too, good sharpness on all the important stuff in this shot.
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03/27/2010 02:13:50 AM
love the subject matter and the colours are atmospheric but composition seems maybe a little too busy and cluttered for my eye.
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03/26/2010 03:06:21 PM
I like the PP on this, gives it a gritty feel...I also like the way the tail of the plane in the foreground frames the plane in the background. Wish I had thought about this idea because we live very close to a airbase that has a similar static display. Well done, I'm just guessing this is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff.
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03/25/2010 10:09:27 PM
Nice comp, i like this one, 10.
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03/25/2010 04:30:15 PM
Poor planes. A fine photo, but the planes look a bit depressing really.
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03/24/2010 10:12:38 PM
Very nicely done. I love the choice to include so much of the sky, as it was added interest for me against the metallic bodies of the planes.
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