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bobonacus


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Farnborough Air Show 2008
Date: Jul 20, 2008
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Transportation, Military
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2008

Shot @ 275mm in shutter priority

In CS3: Crop, levels, noise ninja, a little dodge layer on the smoke trails, brightness / contrast, noise ninja again, clone a couple of spots of dirt off the lens (where so much dust comes from I don't know!!), shadow / highlights 3%/2%, increase brightness of blues by 65%, resize, usm, sfw

These are the Red Arrows from Farnborough Air Show on Sunday 20th July, one of the (if not the) best aerobatic display teams in the world. What I like about their displays is they often spit up so there are always aircraft performing whilst other are lining up!

It's cool watching them take of as the go down the runway in formation!

Here are a couple more ...

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WOW WOW WOW Not only My first ribbon, but a blue in free study is just awesome! From so many fantastic shots I am very happy :)))

A new personal best by well over a whole point as well as the top photo for the 100-400L lens and 2nd on the 40d page .... .... and to top it off I've got myself a DPC hat on the way :)))) the update button has been well used this week I can tell you :)

Huge thanks for all your votes and comments, this has made my week :D

Prints are now available in large 20 x 24 or various smaller sizes

Check out my other prints from this airshow Here

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 524
Avg (all users): 7.7950
Avg (commenters): 8.6389
Avg (participants): 7.7317
Avg (non-participants): 8.0000
Views since voting: 13420
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 161
Comments: 124
Favorites: 73 (view)


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11/15/2012 09:18:02 AM
Very nice!
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08/15/2012 07:08:40 AM
Wow, this is dynamic with the formation of the jets and the smoke trails. (Wow, 122 comments and 73 favs.)
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12/25/2009 08:59:24 PM
Wow..
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10/19/2009 08:50:05 PM
Magnificent
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10/19/2009 05:21:21 PM
This is a fabulous picture , I must be honest the reason for me looking at your profile is due to the fact that you have presented me with my 100th comment on my photo's , it could not have been made by a better photographer , thank you for this and thank you for inadvertantly (hope I spelt that correctly)introducing me to your photography.

Check out my Blog
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02/03/2009 06:00:26 PM
This is one of my favorite pictures on dpchallenge.com. GREAT JOB!!!
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09/15/2008 07:52:45 AM
I loved this in voting, I loved the formation of the planes and the diagonal it created, the position in the frame and the smoke trails giving you the depth of the photo. Brillant Shot!
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09/03/2008 05:55:06 AM
Brilliant shot!
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08/14/2008 08:28:56 PM
Wow I like it.
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08/13/2008 07:28:09 AM
WOW. Gotta love this brilliant shot and great editing. Congratulations on the blue.
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08/12/2008 08:40:37 PM
great shot,
great editing
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08/12/2008 04:38:24 PM
Beautiful image, congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/11/2008 08:10:26 AM
Well deserved!! So happy u took the Blue!!
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08/10/2008 08:47:05 PM
Absolutely Fantastic! Have you ever posted on Airliners.net? Congrats on the blue by the way!
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08/10/2008 03:42:41 PM
WOW!!!! never seen anything like it. great job on the blue.
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08/09/2008 08:51:23 PM
This is awesome!!! Really powerful image. Congrats on the blue!
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08/09/2008 08:26:29 PM
I keep coming back and looking at this over and over again. It just takes my breath away. Absolutely amazing photo and most well deserving of a blue ribbon.
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08/09/2008 07:31:38 PM
This photo is unbelievable, AMAZING!
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08/09/2008 06:08:23 PM
Fascinating shot! Congratulations, Robert! I like the outtakes, too, especially the colorful third one!
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08/09/2008 04:32:44 PM
Every time I glance the thumbnail I see a claw and no, I don't do drugs.

Congrats on a superb capture. They couldn't be any more in formation than in this shot. The parallelism is awesome. Wow, I said parallelism. I'm sure the pilots would love this shot.
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08/09/2008 10:54:13 AM
this shot is breathtaking, congrats.
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08/09/2008 10:45:47 AM
HOly cow. This blows my mind. Amazing job.
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08/09/2008 05:55:48 AM
Outstanding image. Very good catch. The variations of light through the smoke is incredible. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon, Bob.
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08/08/2008 06:14:36 PM
just perfect!! congrats!
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08/08/2008 05:55:48 PM
What an amazing shot! I didn't vote in this one, but would have certainly been another 10 from me. My one question would be how did you decided which one to go with?? That shot with the red white and blue somke is also top notch!! Congratulations on the blue!
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08/08/2008 05:55:16 PM
Wow, Bob, what an amazing achievement. An astonishing photo, an amazing score, a blue for your first ribbon, and a ribbon in a Free Study. All virtual impossibilities. Congratulations!!!
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08/08/2008 05:44:20 PM
good stuff! way to go!
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08/08/2008 05:41:45 PM
Very cool... the image has a "poster" like effect, probably from the enhancements to the smoke trails, which looks really great for this theme. Good job!
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08/08/2008 03:21:56 PM
fantastic picture,well done congratulations
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08/08/2008 02:14:53 PM
Fantastic shot. Its like a fire in the sky.
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08/08/2008 02:03:04 PM
Congrats on so many things, starting with a poster-quality photo! FS blue, personal best, and first ribbon are tied for second. :) And what a HUGE score!
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08/08/2008 12:57:59 PM
You got wonderful airshow shots. Congratulations on your blue and PB!
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08/08/2008 12:50:32 PM
I'm so happy to see this got the blue and such a wonderful score! It's just Brilliant!!! Congrats!
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08/08/2008 12:11:17 PM
WOW!..........wow.....and congrats!!!
Did I mention....WOW!
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08/08/2008 12:10:27 PM
Congrats!! You totally deserved this! I was so happy to see this shot in first place! I loved your other image you used in the july side challenge. Congrats again!!
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08/08/2008 11:20:51 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. This is a very dramatic image. Very sharp and clear!
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08/08/2008 11:14:26 AM
Wow! Super. You have many more ribbons ahead of you. This is outstanding.
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08/08/2008 10:17:39 AM
Bloody AMAZING shot dude, as said by SIMMS, send it to them and see if they wanna buy it.
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08/08/2008 10:04:02 AM
Congratulations on the blue... Outstanding image. This one certainly stood out.
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08/08/2008 10:02:11 AM
Wonderful to see an aerobatics shot take a blue, especially in a Free Study, and this is one of the best we've seen on DPC. First rate in every way. Congrats!
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08/08/2008 09:41:08 AM
Great shot!
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08/08/2008 09:18:06 AM
Congratulations on a stunning image and a deserved blue! May you have many more ribbons soon!
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08/08/2008 07:55:14 AM
Congrats with and fantastic image and a well deserved first blue ribbon. I see more comming your way.
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08/08/2008 07:38:00 AM
It's a good feeling, isn't it? You'll be walking on air all week. The image has so many things going for it -- geometry, texture, rhythm. Wonderful work. The outtakes are good too. Congrats!
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08/08/2008 07:24:09 AM
Congrats on a fantastic image....well done.
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08/08/2008 07:24:03 AM
Congrats on your First Blue this is a awesome image.
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08/08/2008 07:17:07 AM
What an unbelievable capture! AMAZING shot! The odds were definitely in your favor here, that background of sky / clouds couldn't be anymore perfect.

Very well deserved, instant favorite
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08/08/2008 07:00:33 AM
I keep coming back to this, it is so amazing, add me to the wish list please and let me know when the print is up for sale
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08/08/2008 06:19:54 AM
Terrific photo. Will be watching them at Eastbourne next week.
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08/08/2008 06:18:43 AM
Congratulations on such a wonderful finsih. What an amazing picture and accomplishment.
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08/08/2008 06:09:53 AM
Fantastic job! Really well deserved ribbon
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08/08/2008 06:01:31 AM
Congrats! This is awesome!
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08/08/2008 04:42:18 AM
Nice one..Aren't these Guys polluting Environment with so much of Fumes..he he :) :)
Congrats..

Message edited by author 2008-08-08 04:42:40.
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08/08/2008 04:37:20 AM
Awesome shot Bob!! Really well deserved ribbon :)
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08/08/2008 04:10:31 AM
Send it to the Red Arrows, they'd love it.. great shot.
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08/08/2008 04:00:56 AM
Good job - I took a few pics (in my portfolio) of the same thing. I didn't have time to edit for a proper FS entry but I think that your image would probably have beaten mine in any case! Good shot.
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08/08/2008 03:56:20 AM
Unbelivably outstanding, I am in stunned awe. I love how it really is 3d, an amazing capture
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08/08/2008 03:54:04 AM
Robert, what a way to go! This is superb, and well deserving of the Blue. Congratulations!
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08/08/2008 03:30:10 AM
That's a shot to be really proud of. Well done.
I agree that the Red Arrows are the worlds best.
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08/08/2008 03:07:16 AM
Whoa, Bob!! Congrats man! Quite a triumph!!
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08/08/2008 03:05:02 AM
Great shot mate - well deserved ribbon :- )
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08/08/2008 02:28:48 AM
Wonderful stuff indeed. Congratulations on this achievement, strongly deserved.
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08/08/2008 02:13:32 AM
it was my favorite during voting - so I am glad it made it to the top. Congrats!
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08/08/2008 01:56:54 AM
powerful... great capture, congrats.
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08/08/2008 01:46:05 AM
An amazing score for a FS...this is exceptional, so congratulations on your first blue ribbon
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08/08/2008 01:39:57 AM
This one is just amazing. Congrats on the blue ribbon and on such a fantastic photo!
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08/08/2008 01:36:49 AM
Congrats on a great shot and very dramatic. Nice catch.
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08/08/2008 01:19:34 AM
This an amazing shot. Congrats on achieving so many milestones.!!!!
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08/08/2008 01:01:53 AM
OMG! A truly amazing photo. When I saw the thumb, I thought it looked like a giant claw. Huge congratulations on your win, Bob. This is such an excellent image.
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08/08/2008 12:40:57 AM
This is totally amazing!!! You entered the right one - definitely the best of the ones you showed us, though the other ones are great, too.

Congrats on the blue - well deserved.
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08/08/2008 12:37:30 AM
very deserving capture for the blue. Congrats!
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08/08/2008 12:35:29 AM
Congratulation on the very well deserved ribbon,
btw, you forgot to cross the '' Get above a 6.75 in a challenge '' in your objictives :)
I really don't know who would rate such a photo 3 or even 5 !!
way to go ..
all the best,
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08/08/2008 12:32:01 AM
Congrats! Well deserved!
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08/08/2008 12:27:33 AM
congrats! SO glad this won!!
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08/08/2008 12:26:30 AM
Congratulations, as this is totally awesome, and so worthy of the BLUE.....
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08/08/2008 12:25:28 AM
WHO gave this a 3? people really suck
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08/08/2008 12:25:05 AM
Congratulations! Amazing shot.
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08/08/2008 12:23:50 AM
Most excellent. I had this pegged as a fave. wtg!
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08/08/2008 12:23:35 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/08/2008 12:12:16 AM
Beautiful, congrats for the blue
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08/08/2008 12:09:52 AM
Auuuuuugh! I don't even know what to say. This leaves me speechless! This challenge had so many stunning photos, but I'll say, the right one won top honors! CONGRATULATIONS!

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08/08/2008 12:08:07 AM
What a truly amazing image!

CONGRATULATIONS!
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08/08/2008 12:05:47 AM
Gorgeous capture. The streams are amazing. Congrats on the ribbon and the new PB!
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08/08/2008 12:02:35 AM
Congratulations! First time ever I think I've picked a winner in FS. Really a truly awesome, amazing capture and very deserving of the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2008 11:09:53 PM
A perfect shot!
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08/07/2008 06:14:23 PM
I remember seeing this earlier (though I don't recall whose portfolio). I loved it then and I love it now. Definitely in my top 2-3 favorites. Hope you get a ribbon!
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08/07/2008 12:52:48 PM
Wow!! This is truly Amazing. It's like a still from a movie.
The Best photo I've seen in ages!
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08/06/2008 08:10:34 PM
This would be such a great large print. i like how razor sharp the planes are. I thin this will be top ten.
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08/06/2008 05:29:02 PM
By far, the best formation flying shot I've seen. Amazing depth and tones. Beautiful work.
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08/06/2008 02:09:35 PM
Perfection...9
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08/06/2008 11:23:30 AM
OMG, it really looks like they're coming right at you. Perfect capture. nice touch: the sparkling lights in some of the planes
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08/06/2008 09:51:46 AM
wo...this will surely be a contender for a ribbon...it's spectacular and dramatic and is the best airshow image I have seen on dpc...good luck with this 10 from me...
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08/06/2008 04:29:33 AM
Really nice! the Red Arrows?
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08/05/2008 08:01:49 PM
You really nailed this one! Nice PP as well.
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08/05/2008 07:51:52 PM
holy cow...a powerful image. nice! 9
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08/05/2008 07:48:40 PM
that's a great shot, the best so far
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08/05/2008 03:45:18 AM
excellent shot...good luck
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08/05/2008 02:40:52 AM
Nice angled composition and a good way to show off the textures in the smoke trails.
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08/04/2008 06:00:44 PM
Impressive. The angle is perfect and I like the colour in the trails.
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08/04/2008 03:52:51 PM
Powerful, very nice.
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08/04/2008 12:52:38 PM
Super crisp. Lovely composition.
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08/04/2008 07:51:21 AM
You don't see many shots like this! Wow!
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08/04/2008 06:12:49 AM
Brilliant shot!
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08/03/2008 11:13:35 PM
very dramatic shot. nice
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08/03/2008 12:38:31 PM
please be in top 10. i would have loved the trails on a clean blue sky more ... but heck this is pure WOW
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08/02/2008 10:11:29 PM
Incredible
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08/02/2008 02:50:41 PM
This is one of the best aviation shots that I have seen in a very long time! Very dramatic, excellently composed. This is getting listed as a favorite and I'd love to see about buying a print of it. 10
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08/02/2008 10:40:19 AM
this is the best airshow photo ive seen entered. awesome awesome awesome x 23123
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08/02/2008 05:16:23 AM
This is simply fantastic! Brilliant capture.
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08/01/2008 10:51:54 PM
Absolutely awesome!
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08/01/2008 08:26:31 PM
Were you sitting on a light pole for this shot. Fantastic! BOL
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08/01/2008 05:22:55 PM
Holy freaking cow. These guys are coming right at me! Great framing, and amazing - truly amazing - clarity.
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08/01/2008 03:38:43 PM
wow, great photo.
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08/01/2008 11:28:45 AM
IMO brilliant shot. Fantastic perspective 8
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08/01/2008 11:14:59 AM
Terrific diagonal line. Nice focus.
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08/01/2008 10:54:14 AM
wow..fantastic
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08/01/2008 09:56:57 AM
Great timing and capture. Perfect composition.
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08/01/2008 06:26:36 AM
This is my equal #1 with a score of 9.
If you get to recrop this just leave a sliver more space at the bottom right, they need a little bit of space to fly into.
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08/01/2008 04:24:39 AM
Excellent......
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08/01/2008 01:50:21 AM
It's smokin' hot!
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08/01/2008 01:28:01 AM
awesome, not sure i like teh orange in the clouds
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08/01/2008 12:28:56 AM
I like the colouring you have selected
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08/01/2008 12:07:47 AM
that is really impressive.
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08/01/2008 12:06:20 AM
what an exciting and beautiful photo! LOVE the composition and angles. great capture!
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