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10/06/2003 02:36:33 AM · #1
I'd love to know what this would have scored in the Flight challenge. I didn't get the right one for the challenge, so I re-shot it (after around 80 attempts) yesterday and - voila!...

The shot I finally managed yesterday:
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My Challenge entry:
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10/06/2003 07:47:48 AM · #2
Tough shot Jon...I must have set-up over 100 "flights" of these seeds to try to capture the motion, but still keep the seeds in sharp focus. Finally gave up in desparation. I still prefer your original entry and thought it should have scored much higher...
10/06/2003 08:11:48 AM · #3
I do like the new version. Kudos for sticking with the idea after the challenge had closed.
The clear blue sky helps of course, but the motion itself is better, and it's easier to tell that the shot is properly focused. I also prefer the composition with one 'copter' taking center stage and the other one in the background.
10/06/2003 09:23:57 AM · #4
I like the new one - the blue sky makes it more vivid, and the motion is not quite as intense, making it easier to look at the picture but still very clear that they're moving. I also like the fact that one of them is more in the background than the other; I wouldn't have thought of it until seeing it, but it works well.
10/06/2003 09:41:54 AM · #5
I really like the new one. The blue sky and the different composition give more depth to the picture. You can also see some texture on the head of the closer seed - nice!
10/06/2003 03:19:59 PM · #6
I like the new one better too. Both shots take me back to my childhood a loooong time ago, and make me smile.
10/06/2003 03:23:04 PM · #7
I like the new shot also.
The colors are better and the compositions is better I think.

10/06/2003 03:44:23 PM · #8
I did the same thing....shot about 50 shots and gave up. Got some that came out really clear, but they didn't look like they were spinning, just floating. I also did it indoors and my ceiling was that white blobs of texture paint....boring
10/06/2003 04:22:20 PM · #9
Thanks for the comments. I was very frustrated by my challenge entry (also by the harshness of voting) so I wanted to nail it. In particular I wanted the low, Autumn sunlight and depth between the seeds. Eventually, it all just came together.

What would you have scored it out of interest?
10/06/2003 05:38:20 PM · #10
What is this? Is it chicken legs?
10/06/2003 06:36:47 PM · #11
They are seeds from a (I think Maple)tree. When you throw them up into the air, they spin like a helicopter's blades.

Here are a couple of the shots I took.

10/06/2003 07:09:04 PM · #12
Originally posted by heida:

What is this? Is it chicken legs?

That comment has opened my eyes to this shot in a whole new way! Fantastic. :D
Would you have rated flying chicken legs very highly?

The subjects in my shots were (quite boringly in light of Heida's comment) Sycamore seeds from a Maple tree (as Olympian says). They are dry, brown, and extremely aerodynamic - but they tend to have a mind of their own which is why they are tough to shoot.

Olympian - I found that focusing quite close helped - about 700mm - which allowed some detail to come through.

Exposure 1/500
Aperture f3.5
ISO 100

Message edited by author 2003-10-06 19:09:27.
10/06/2003 07:20:54 PM · #13
I tried close....and at ceiling level, just as they started spinning.
I tried my automatic settings for "sports", with flash and without...
Capturing the sparks in my flying pic turned out to be easier.
Not sure I would consider a chicken leg as flying LOL
But then again...someone didn't consider my sparks as flying either...Oh well...give it a go!
10/06/2003 07:21:41 PM · #14
This is cool stuff I´ve never seen this before.
Actually I thought that the chicken leg photo was very creative in the challenge That and the flying shirt and tie photo
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