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Jet Jockey

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: May 22, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Portraiture, Military
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2010

An F-18 pilot at the Cowtown Warbird Roundup. I've been liking the people shots I've been getting with my 10-24mm Tammy, though it sometimes freaks people out when I get 10 inches from their face. On the positive side, that often causes some fun smiles as well, and the folks that are hams tend to play up to the lens.

Not the biggest and best airshow I've ever been to. There were some flying demonstrations scheduled that didn't happen, which was a disappointment, but I did get some great shots of a T-28 performing and lots of interesting static displays were around.
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Hoping this will do well, but also expecting some minor flaws to hold it back from being one of the higher scoring shots.

Anticipated critiques:
-His eyes are mostly closed
-Wristwatch is a distracting element
-The other aircrew sitting under the plane are a distracting element
-Slight visible tilt

Post-challenge notes:
Can't complain at all about a 6+ in a freestudy! I'm particularly pleased that my people photography is improving.

Place: 67 out of 380
Avg (all users): 6.0611
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0667
Avg (non-participants): 6.0385
Views since voting: 1741
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 131
Comments: 19
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/28/2013 08:59:23 AM
Love how you captured his spirit and told a story. Terrific use of wide angle. Great shot!
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01/05/2013 05:46:45 PM
Awesome portrait. Really like the POV and the context.
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01/05/2013 04:20:12 PM
All the elements are perfect in this.
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01/05/2013 03:12:04 PM
Fantastic portrait. All the elements work perfectly to tell the story.
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01/05/2013 01:09:11 PM
Wow, what a perspective! He's got a great smile, and then WHAM! I realized what that was zooming up from the background. The shot has the same vibe as those of dogs with their owners, with the dog's snout zooming up similarly from using a wide angle lens. I bet he feels similiarly affectionate toward his chariot.
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01/05/2013 12:23:56 PM
This was the shot that put you on my map. I was blown away by it, by the use of the wide angle in an intimate portrait, by the inclusion of the plane and the incredible sky. I only just now realized that there are two other people in the image.
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01/05/2013 12:12:12 PM
I love this one. I especially like the perspective of the pilot in relation to the jet. I live near Cold Lake, Alberta and I once got to take a tour of the AF base there. Actually got to sit in an F-18 cockpit. Very cool although I can't imagine how a big guy can be comfortable in one of those.
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08/01/2011 10:43:01 PM
Great shot!
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07/05/2010 04:38:22 PM
I think I said this before, but I LOVED this portrait! :-)
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06/11/2010 05:19:43 PM
great shot...maybe too candid for what I had in mind BUT still a great shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2010 11:49:55 PM
Great environmental potrait.
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06/06/2010 01:50:53 PM
This is an awesome photo. Really, really well done.
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06/05/2010 11:15:16 PM
terrific story and perspective
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06/05/2010 12:42:40 AM
A very interesting image.. I think the tone mapping and/or structuring was a bit heavy handed, as there seems to be some haloing going on.. But--- Looking past that, this is a fun, very cool perspective shot, his expression is great, and the crew sitting along side the aircraft adds to the photo. I'm guessing this was a candid, but damn, I would believe it was a photo-shoot. Well done overall, you get an 8, not for image quality (the halos kill me), but for such a nice story.
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06/04/2010 04:27:35 PM
I'm so glad that this is doing well for you! I think it's really a fun shot -- wish I could vote on it.
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06/04/2010 07:29:55 AM
awesome environmental portrait - that smile says everything
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06/02/2010 11:02:31 PM
The distortion in this bothers me - from the shape of pilot's head to the nose of the plane, the too-small hand, etc.
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06/02/2010 10:49:12 PM
this is just great, great job
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06/02/2010 09:44:36 PM
Has that very dramatic processing to it. Nice.
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