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Fire in the sky

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Oct 25, 2009
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Transportation
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2009

The Challenger II stunt plane flies at the Alliance airshow in Fort Worth. I knew a shot from this sequence was my freestudy entry as soon as I chimped it. Had some difficulty getting the look I wanted, but running it through Photomatix twice gave me the appearance I was after. A bit more tweaking of the usual adjustments, some dodge/burn, selective sharpening, and I had the look I had envisioned for it.

Pre-challenge notes:
I've seen similar aerobatics shots win challenges before, so I am hopeful that this may be good for a strong showing in the high 5's.

Anticipated critiques:
-Composition too centered
-A bit of grainy noise in the smoke plumes

Post challenge notes:
I'm getting spoiled now. Two 6+ freestudies in a row. This one pushed the previous month's FS off of my profile page. Not sure if I've gotten better or just lucky!

Place: 49 out of 403
Avg (all users): 6.3895
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.2520
Avg (non-participants): 6.7347
Views since voting: 1529
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 172
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/23/2009 02:15:03 AM
Great shot man!!
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12/06/2009 04:21:29 PM
This is fantastic!
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11/11/2009 12:14:00 AM
Wow Steve, congrats on scoring so high in this FS. Nicely done!
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11/09/2009 08:09:23 PM
I never got a chance to comment on this during the challenge, but I found it to be one of the far more interesting and entertaining shots this month!

I'm surprised you expected it to score in the 5's, it's an outstanding, clear, well composed shot with great colours and that's without even mentioning the subject which is also great. If you ask me it deserved to do better than water drops and landscapes which hogged the top spots!

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11/09/2009 03:51:36 PM
Great smoke !!
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11/09/2009 12:04:05 PM
Good finish Steve! I agree with Bear.
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11/08/2009 07:38:35 AM
Congrats! Great finish & great shot. This is definitely one of the best from that series. Love the complimentary colors.
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11/08/2009 06:50:58 AM
Congrats for awesome finish and more importantly for getting the look that you wanted and making it work.
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11/08/2009 12:16:34 AM
You did well here. Most compelling air show shot we've seen on DPC I think...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2009 03:43:46 PM
...and in the flash of a moment of time, Steve's historic demonstration became a fight for life and control. It was the mid-21st century, and this sort of thing could not happen anymore, he thought, as he fought against the sudden fire billowing from his plane, his controls becoming more and more unresponsive. As he fought the flight-stick, the plane careening out of control, and a crowd on the ground screaming and running for cover, Steve saw the catalyst for this tragic happening out of the corner of his eye, a ghostly red plane, with tri-wing design, shooting off into the clouds, and a thin but strong chord of evil laughter being left in its wake.

Steve closed his eyes as his plane finally went into a dead spin, his control now utterly lost. He closed his eyes and silently cursed the legacy of his family, and he put a hex on the ghost of the Red Baron, which would never leave he or his descendants alone, and he prayed for his young son, who loved airplanes so, and in his last moments he wished that perhaps, just perhaps, his son might be the one to finally put the Red Baron to rest. One day...

...and with that thought, his own future disintegrated into a fireball on the ground, and in the crowd that stared in horror, was one little face, his eyes like stone, his fists clenched in an anger he didn't understand, and a vengeance was sworn.
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11/07/2009 01:53:13 PM
This is absolutely frightening--Hopefully it's part of the show--Either way nice catch
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11/06/2009 02:23:20 PM
Looks like he is having a bad day at the office.
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11/01/2009 10:10:46 PM
Stunning capture. Outstanding colors.
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11/01/2009 04:26:21 PM
Oh no! Is the pilot/passengers okay?
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11/01/2009 10:30:12 AM
Uh-oh ...
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