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Crash Landing - moment of impact
Crash Landing - moment of impact
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD for Pentax
Location: Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Date: Jun 9, 2007
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500th
Galleries: Action, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

I was on vacation at a beach in florida (20 minutes from home, but it's still a vacation), and had my camera and 300mm lens with me, taking bird photos and shots of my kids. In the afternoon, a small plane is flying low, parallel to the beach, when its engine sputters and it turns over the beach and starts to descend. It turns out it was making an emergency landing due to its engine failing. As it passes over me about 100ft up, I start shooting, running down the beach after, it, shooting, etc. I was fortunate enough to get the moment of impact. I shared it with my local newspaper, who in turn passed it on to the AP. It ended up running in a couple of magazines and a whole slew of newspapers worldwide.

Given that this happened back in 2007, I'm hoping its been long enough ago that I can enter it in this challenge with some degree of anonymity.

It isn't the "best" shot I have ever taken in terms of photographic quality, but it will almost certainly be my most memorable.

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The camera was in burst mode. Here's the series:
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This is an officer congratulating the pilot on a safe landing.
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Statistics
Place: 522 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.6490
Avg (commenters): 6.2597
Avg (participants): 5.7010
Avg (non-participants): 5.3902
Views since voting: 1240
Views during voting: 681
Votes: 490
Comments: 84
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03/21/2009 06:16:51 AM
I remember when this happened. heluva shot!
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03/18/2009 11:27:08 AM
Just noticed its a little Piper PA-38 Tomahawk, when I used to have flying lessons thats what we started in (sadly too expensive to keep up).. ALthough in the pilot fraternity it was more widely known as the Trauma-hawk...

Thanks for the story, glad to know everyone was OK.
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03/18/2009 10:11:28 AM
Came back to find out more - just goes to show "bring that camera with you." Nice one.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 04:43:01 PM
Wow, some timing. It seems like the other spectators have hardly had time to react. Solid photojournalism!
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03/17/2009 03:09:55 PM
nice moment , six for that ;D


brano
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03/17/2009 02:06:18 PM
Lemme guess.. you sabotaged the plane jsut to get this shot?!? :P

Hope that nobody was hurt... great capture.
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03/17/2009 12:11:07 PM
Very good documentary shot.
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03/17/2009 03:26:14 AM
That pilot sure had a bad day at the office. Very brave of you to stay there while a plane is about to crash in front of you.
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03/17/2009 03:00:18 AM
If it is the moment of impact how come nobody is looking at the plane?
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03/16/2009 08:55:22 PM
Ooh, bummer! Great moment to capture, quick fingers, you!
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03/16/2009 05:05:59 PM
good street, er, beach reporting.
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03/16/2009 07:20:00 AM
Crazy!
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03/16/2009 03:50:20 AM
Well captured and presented.
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03/15/2009 08:46:00 PM
Great action/editorial shot. Good timing. I hope no-one was hurt!
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03/15/2009 04:04:11 PM
Amazing...and you were right there with camera at the ready at the crucial moment. Was everybody alright? Did the people in the aircraft survive? 7
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03/15/2009 02:45:36 PM
Great timing. Too bad you had to witness this. Looks fatal.
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03/15/2009 12:22:38 PM
Can't wait to read about this!
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03/15/2009 12:21:35 PM
Right place at the right time for you, unfortunate for the plane.
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03/15/2009 10:05:25 AM
Amazing timing!!! I hope you sold this to a few newspapers.
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03/14/2009 10:52:40 PM
what a moment to capture, I hope everyone was ok! The reactions on the left I find the most compelling.
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03/14/2009 09:58:49 PM
If you could have gotten the plane to crash a little bit further over it would have improved the composition.

Ok, I am being intentionally stupid. This is an excellent example of photojournalism and being in the right place with your camera. It should not be evaluated on artistic standards. This is one you would sell to the newspaper, not hang on your wall.

I'll be checking back on this one. I want to know the details and if the folks in the plane were ok.
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03/14/2009 09:36:50 PM
OMG! What happened?
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03/14/2009 02:52:37 PM
wow, what a moment to be there for
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03/14/2009 02:50:37 PM
Coming back to comment...

Oh wow! What a moment to catch! I sure hope everyone was ok! 10
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03/14/2009 10:15:51 AM
The standing group look like they are already talking about it - or did thay just look up. Close call.
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03/14/2009 09:10:36 AM
wow, yea, you can still see the sand kicking up from impact, wish we could see the expressions a little more
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03/14/2009 07:02:57 AM
All I can say is Wow!
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03/14/2009 03:34:05 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/14/2009 03:20:52 AM
Impressive. I do hope no one was hurt. The bikes are standing here if nothing is happened. Very nice.
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03/14/2009 12:31:17 AM
you get my holy crap 7.
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03/13/2009 11:41:57 PM
That is an incredible capture.
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03/13/2009 06:19:57 PM
Whoa, what a capture!
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03/13/2009 06:13:19 PM
Oh no! Wow what timing. Nice job.
03/13/2009 06:12:20 PM
Timing is everything.
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03/13/2009 06:04:11 PM
While this would make a good image for a newspaper story... it's not really a wonderful photograph... so I don't think it will score really well in this photography contest.

I hope everyone's ok.

Not voting yet.
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03/13/2009 05:11:40 PM
That's dedication to photography - first release the shutter, then do something else, whatever is needed ...
Quite a shot!
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03/13/2009 04:47:22 PM
Not sure if this staged or not, but it's quite the picture. I'm going to search for it after the challenge ends and hopefully read the details.
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03/13/2009 03:13:55 PM
Great capture, congratulations!
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03/13/2009 02:10:01 PM
Great bit of photojournalism - well done :)
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03/13/2009 12:37:02 PM
I'm surprised how many people aren't paying attention to the crash.
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03/13/2009 10:34:16 AM
opps....you caught the moment...hoping no one got hurt
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03/13/2009 09:07:44 AM
Oops! Interesting that a lot of people seem to be looking elsewhere.
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03/13/2009 08:57:28 AM
Oops!
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03/13/2009 06:23:56 AM
At the right place at the right time, nice photojournalistic shot , 6
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03/13/2009 05:11:18 AM
OK, after the challenge you have GOT to tell us the story behind this.. Strangely, the part that stands out to me more than the plane is the lady in the black dress - her expression says it all..

Glad you was OK, certainly was close.
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03/13/2009 02:03:22 AM
WOW talk about the right place at the right time! Impressive, most impressive.
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03/13/2009 01:26:12 AM
Hope everyone was okay. I like that the peoples' expression on the left is visible.
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03/12/2009 09:12:51 PM
Wow...if this is real that is incredible. Great that you had your camera out. I would like to see the shot right before it hit the ground though, if you even have that one. 8
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03/12/2009 08:36:16 PM
for some reason I would think there would be a different reaction from the people there. Great capture!
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03/12/2009 04:14:33 PM
Ooops! Great job catching this shot. Once in a lifetime opportunity I am sure!
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03/12/2009 02:37:24 PM
You hardly ever see that!
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03/12/2009 12:16:20 PM
Crazy. Good timing with the camera in hand!
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03/12/2009 12:15:20 PM
WOW...what a moment to capture. 10
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03/12/2009 12:12:37 PM
Wow. Amazing that you were there to capture this.
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03/12/2009 11:39:43 AM
Wow! What a moment!
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03/12/2009 07:35:02 AM
Wow! Not something you see every day!
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03/12/2009 07:28:36 AM
8 for catching it.
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03/12/2009 06:47:04 AM
Very unusual.
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03/12/2009 02:35:54 AM
ouch nice capture
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03/12/2009 02:34:39 AM
I hate when that happens!
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03/12/2009 01:35:15 AM
Interesting shot. Looks like everyone knows something just happened, but they don't know where.
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03/12/2009 12:54:10 AM
great photojournalistic image, i love people expressions, hopefully no one got hurt.... i would have cropped the bottom of the picture close to the blue line on the sand.
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03/12/2009 12:04:34 AM
Wow! What a moment to capture.
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03/11/2009 10:31:01 PM
I remember seeing this earlier in the year. How great that you had your camera. What a shot!
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03/11/2009 10:21:32 PM
That's pretty amazing timing. I hope no one was hurt!
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03/11/2009 09:54:30 PM
Nice timing, hope you sold it to the local paper! Think you could crop it a bit - mostly the very top and a bit on the right...
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03/11/2009 09:50:07 PM
Holy Batman! Photographically it ain't nothing special, but talk about reportage values :-) Sorting it into my upper screening group for now :-)
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03/11/2009 09:14:45 PM
Oops! Great capture. Hope no one was hurt. The "normalcy" of the bikes and beach scene are a great contradiction to the shock of a plane crash.
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03/11/2009 07:59:00 PM
Well captured. Hope all were okay.
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03/11/2009 07:42:37 PM
wow this aint happend every day - u should have sold it to a newspaper
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03/11/2009 05:51:42 PM
awesome timing!! You got it!
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03/11/2009 05:30:57 PM
I cant wait to read the photographers comments on this one
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03/11/2009 05:03:17 PM
Wow! Talk about being at the right place at the right time! What a capture! 9
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03/11/2009 05:01:35 PM
The people dont seem to worried? I hope the people inside are ok? Nice capture tho!
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03/11/2009 03:30:08 PM
Oh my you were on top of this! What a capture.
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03/11/2009 02:01:44 PM
wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time! Thank goodness no one was hurt!!
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03/11/2009 12:26:26 PM
WOW, right time right place, hope no one was hurt..
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03/11/2009 12:19:35 PM
Nice catch. The foreground is a bit distracting to me, but I love the people at the moment of impact.
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03/11/2009 11:57:00 AM
omg
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03/11/2009 11:54:28 AM
capture the moment for sure
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03/11/2009 07:29:34 AM
Great catch.
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03/11/2009 03:23:48 AM
cool capture
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03/11/2009 02:50:50 AM
I can see why you'd want to submit this shot. It has great impact (no pun intended), although from a technical aspect there is room for improvement.
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03/11/2009 01:03:58 AM
Doh! Great timing.
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