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Defeated But Still Proud
Defeated But Still Proud

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Challenge: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Seattle: Museum of Flight
Date: Jun 12, 2004
Aperture: F 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Sky, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2004

Cloned out light poles and another aircraft.
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Place: 25 out of 159
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Votes: 171
Comments: 16
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06/24/2004 07:45:50 PM
From the Critique Club:
First, to disarm you (only kidding), Congratulations. This image is what consider a diagonal composition and a very good one at that. Problem with this type of design is that often the areas above and below the diagonal subject matter is dull or not fitting. Example, a sword on a counter with a wall rising and empty table top. The eye sees the sword and the eyes travels, but the above and below the sword is dismal.
However, you have scored a winner here because the sky is in two flavors. Smooth and silk like in the bottom and then becoming richer as it rises and dispersing into buds of clouds. Herein lies the solid support required for this type of image.
If you look at fine oil realistic paintings you will find that the artist intentionally paints a halo to separate objects or give depth. However, it is a well tempered art: only enough is applied so as not to make the halo so visible. Well, digital cameras employ a similar effect when using the unsharp mask. It is always best to sharpen at actual pixel size and to stop, just when this halo begins to distract.
There is another way to obtain the same effect but with more control. It is not currently allowed under challenge rules. You use the high pass filter to a medium amount on a background copy and then use the overlay mode. Presto, same effect as the unsharp, but now you can vary the opacity. In this way you will see where the halo begins and you can adjust to perfection.
Again, this is a very above average image and very well composed, however, the eye will travel to the tip and follow the belly down and up around again to the tip. In other words, the scrutiny will be critical and as such the halo will be found. Some people can live with it and the halo is not so bad to distract from the impact, but hey, this is an above average image and it deserves this nit picking attention. Good job.
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06/21/2004 07:28:51 AM
Thanks for all the kinds words in your comments. To answer a few quesions ...

This is one of the Concorde aircraft. The type was retired recently in part due to the crash near Paris and in part due to the difficulty and expense of maintaining the aging fleet. I flew the Concorde in June 2000, courtesy of BA, and it therefore has a special significance for me.

This particular plane is now resident at the Museum of Flight in Seattle and is open for tours of the interior and a walk-around of the exterior. This is where I took this photo.

You may be interested in visiting the museum which has many aircraft of historical interest. Two of my favorites are an SR-71 (Blackbird) and the original "Airforce One", the US Presidents' plane. The original flew Presidents Eisenhour, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon and many foreign diplomats. Here is a link to the Museum of Flight.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2004 02:50:12 PM
I like the lightness, the crop tand the simply colors. Nice photo. My favourite in this challenge. I hope you win the ribon.
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06/20/2004 06:27:31 AM
It's a shame that this is over sharpened cos this could be a 10. The plane is great and the sky is fantastic but over sharpened. There is a halo around the point. (6)
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06/19/2004 06:34:10 AM
Nice detail. Is this from Heathrow? I would have probably cropped/cloned the lower cloud out for neatness.
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06/17/2004 10:18:08 PM
Is this the Concord? They were officially retired from the industry if so...
06/16/2004 08:16:39 AM
Simple but powerful...it`s not always easy to make a good photograph from very little, but you have managed to do it here..great colour..great composition, the light and shade showing off the contours of the "Concorde?" to perfection.
My only nitpick is that little rogue cloud at the bottom..which distracts slightly.
Overall...great work
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06/16/2004 04:53:10 AM
Nice picture! I really like this one, but I could be biased with my love of jets. To me this one looks kind of like the Concord, and kind of like a B1B. What is it? Great!
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06/16/2004 03:21:00 AM
Very nice composition. Square format works for me. 9
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06/15/2004 05:07:57 PM
Great sky for the top half of the picture... not so great for the bottom half. This can't really be helped. Very nice idea. The only thing that seems to be hindering this picture is the sky on te bottom half because the plane kind of blends into it. Great job
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06/15/2004 04:47:01 PM
Great shot, 9
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06/15/2004 04:25:58 PM
ah, the Concorde, nice shot
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06/15/2004 12:57:02 PM
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06/14/2004 03:51:24 AM
Good composition and contrast. The high-altitude cirrus clouds really emphasize the feeling of flight that this photo evokes. I found the small bit of cloud near the bottom left is somewhat distracting. But still a great shot.
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06/14/2004 01:43:20 AM
magnificent 10
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06/14/2004 01:39:02 AM
Good shot of the Concorde, Museum of flight? 9
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