Mini Challenge #212 - Flying Machines

CavalierCavalier Life is a BokehForesthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,026Registered Users Major grins
edited September 10, 2015 in The Dgrin Challenges
I love machines - any kind of machine - but especially flying machines. Flying machines in the air, taking off, landing, or grounded are always fodder for the camera in my opinion. One of these days I hope to finagle a pass into the plane graveyard in the Mohave Desert just to poke around and play :D. Anyway, this challenge is about the incredible flying machines - airplanes. Images of planes in any state or size are welcome in this Challenge.

This challenge will run for 2 weeks - from today until Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 5:00pm PST-USA.



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1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and YOU POST 1-3 IMAGES. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter. The 1st place winner becomes the next host, chooses the next topic and becomes the next judge.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
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5. You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some critique or criticism, just ask within your post.
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1997 Vans RV-6A (privately built) Experimental
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Take off -
2012 RV-7 (Privately built) Experimental
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Castle Air Museum - Boeing B-52D Stratofortress bomber
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1941 N3N-3 Naval Aircraft Factory biplane
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Comments

  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2015
    Great Subject! thumb.gif I love shooting flying machines as well!

    1. Boom!

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    2. Duel Threat

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    3. Team Work

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    Jeromy
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    Light is everything in life and photography.
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,026Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2015
    Jeromy - thanks for starting the Challenge off with a "bang"! Great shots.
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2015
    Yes, it flies... not very high, but it still is flying! :D
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    Sky Dancing
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    Gemini 11
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    Sorry, breaking the rules a little Jo, as they're not all airplanes... but, I read the fine print too late... :D
    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2015
    I am an aviation "nut" and flew a single engine for 27 years. I love everything about the shape, colors and sound of an airplane. These three are from my old "JPEG" days so that might look a little "contrasty".

    1. Waiting...

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    2. Lunch break...

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    3. Direct to anywhere...

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    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • sdways01sdways01 Major grins Posts: 151Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2015
    Some nice entries so far... here are mine:

    1: National guard fly by at 4,328 ft. Each year hikers from around New England hike to the 48 summits in NH over 4,000 ft in elevation to fly the US flag for 2 hours in memory of those lost on 9/11. This happens each year on the Saturday nearest the 11th and is known as Flags on the 48. When the weather is nice, we sometimes get a helicopter flyby from the local National Guard unit.
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    2: Foggy takeoff. Hot air balloons taking off on a foggy morning during the Adirondack Balloon Festival
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    3: Jumping ATV. 2012 AMA Pro ATV Champion Josh Creamer taking off from a jump at my local MX track during a regional series race a couple years before he got a full time pro ride. Once he noticed me taking pictures, he started throwing more into his jumps to help me get some good shots (like this one).
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    Not for judging, but just a cool experience. Just before leaving the summit of a local mountain, I heard a noise coming and wondered what it was. Three jets were coming in and banked around the mountain almost even in elevation with me. Glad I was up there that day.
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    "If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event...what kind of film would you use?" - Anonymous
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2015
    The only flying image I could find is this one from National Gallery in Ottowa, CAN

    Encore tranquilitté, 2008, Jimmie Durham

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    There it is! ne_nau.gif

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
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  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,026Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2015
    Ouch - poor baby plane! Fun shot, Don. biggrinbounce2.gif
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2015
    Cavalier wrote: »
    Ouch - poor baby plane! Fun shot, Don. biggrinbounce2.gif
    Apparently originally a real situation, with real boulder, Now a lighter mock-up... :D

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2015
    Here is my contribution:

    1. Boeing Super Stearman biplane from the Ottawa Airshow 2008

    Boeing Super Stearman biplane, Pratt & Whitney R-985 450 HP engine, Rockcliffe 2008 Airshow, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    2. Zeppelin cabin at the European Aircraft Trade Show - Friederichsafen, Germany, 2009

    Zeppelin cabin European Aircraft Trade Show - Friederichsafen, Germany, 2009

    3. Snowbirds acrobatic flight demonstration in Ottawa, 1012

    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2015
    Jo -

    Like you, I also love flying machines and, even more, trying to photograph them. The snaps that I'll throw in are kinda dated, from back when I was even more clueless about shooting - let alone about processing! They aren't up to the amazing standards that are already on display, but wanted to toss them in nonetheless . . .

    Flying Fortress (2004; Olympus C-2100 UZ; 2.1 MP :D)

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    National Biplane Fly-in, Junction City, KS (2011):

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    A "Twin Beech" SNB-5 (in a hangar; 2005):

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    And, if u don't mind: I'll add another, just for laughs: it is certainly technically poor, but this low Blue Angel pass at a Chicago Airshow practice run in 2010 *really* shook up the beach crowd; and made me go "Whoa"!. :D

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,693Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 31, 2015
    Heres one of a bunch of airplanes - taken from the Southwest flight leaving Costa Rica on March 18, 2015
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    OK here is one to go with that one - this one was taken in Watsonville California in 1965 - black and white film of the airfield during the Antique Airplane Fly-In

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    There is a story to go with this. Two stories actually.
    This story starts when the local antique auto club decided to give the pilots who came to the Fly-in a ride to breakfast. Bob, my husband has a 1932 Plymouth and he was one of the volunteers. I thought it would make a good story for the Antique Automobile Magazine. I wanted photos for the story. (The photos had to be black and white prints in those days so I loaded my camera with black and white print film.) I did a bunch of shots of planes landing and taking off,

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    but I thought a view of the field would be a good idea. I went up in the tower (which was un-manned) but that wasn't satisfactory. So I started asking around of the pilots to see if any of them would take me up. (I was a very pretty girl in those days). Pretty soon one of the guys said he would take me up. The plane was a 1929 Waco biplane. He gave me a leather helmet and put me in the front seat and told me not to touch anything. We went up, circled the airfield once - he asked if I had a photo, and then we landed.

    After we landed he said that he had just bought the plane, and had never flown it before.

    The second story is from today. I was looking up the history of the antique airplane fly-in and found my photo used on the web page of the city of Watsonville. It is one of the first photos that comes up when you ask for photos of the fly-in

    I sent a note to Watsonville and got a reply that they thought the photo was in the public domain, and if I would supply 'proof' that I took it, they might give me credit.

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    Since then they have groveled sufficiently that I told them they could use the picture(s) as long as I was credited. I thought briefly about askin for money, but since it is the city airfield (i.e. government), I decided not to do that. They said they sent an intern to look for photos last year and he came up with mine. They were apparently very excited about it because the photo showed where the old tower was.

    Anyway, I'll enter this one as the third photo -

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    Taken from the deck of a cruise ship leaving Baltimore harbor.
    I have lots and lots of other airplane photos includig ones taken when our 2nd daughter went through pilot training in Columbs MS - mostly snapshot type pictures taken in Museums (Navy museum in Pensacola, Southern museum in Birmingham AL, museum in Baton Rouge at the AFB, Eglin AFB museum etc). Tough to make a choice.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,852Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 1, 2015
    Have a nice collection of flying machines

    1. JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off)

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    2. Flying to the moon

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    3. Apocalypse Now

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  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Posts: 2,159Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 2, 2015
    Wow, lots of cool shots in this thread!

    Here's a few of mine that I like.

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    Shuttle carrier and Space Shuttle Endeavour over Los Angeles

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    My favorite 747-SP... SOFIA takes off in the Palmdale desert.

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    Museum of Flight in Seattle
    Chris
  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,294Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 2, 2015
    Watching over us:

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    B2 Spirit aka Stealth Bomber

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    Going vertical:

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    Steve

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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 3, 2015
    Great theme, and really great shots - it's going to be tough judging Cavalier!

    I'm not sure if the first two qualify as they are not aeroplanes, possibly not even "machines" but are flying things!
    I include them for fun and amusement only, so don't judge if outside the bounds.


    1) Flying Liquorice Monster

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    2) Leeds Castle Balloon Festival

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    3) Last Vulcan Bomber (Taken a couple of weeks ago and sadly this last one is now permanently grounded)

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    Good luck everyone.

    Alan
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,986Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 7, 2015
    last flight
    last flight
    Jeff W

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,986Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 7, 2015
    Only in L.A.
    Jeff W

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,986Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 7, 2015
    The last flight ,heading for L.A. X so it could crash on the street
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • GattoGatto Major grins Posts: 332Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 9, 2015
    My 2 cents
    complicated in their own way

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    Hula dancer doll
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    Endeavour's final Lift Off
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  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,026Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 9, 2015
    OK folks, the challenge is now closed. I'll post the results tomorrow morning.

    Thanks to everyone for submitting entries to the Flying Machines Challenge. Great photos were posted, and now I have a tougher challenge selecting the winner for this one. :uhoh
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,026Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 10, 2015
    First of all, may I say that there were some unique and terrific shots posted to this challenge. Thank you all for participating and sharing your beauties.

    Honorable mention:

    Earache - Eric, I do like the Navy hovercraft even tho it's not a plane! And your Dancer shot has incredible detail.

    Thelensspot - Wayne, the Quick Silver HDR shot is really nice.

    Kscooper - Eric, the throw-back feel of the Twin Beach shot keeps me coming back to look at it.

    GSPep - Peter, I've never seen a Jet Assisted Take Off before - love it!

    Alans Grin - Alan, the only shot I have of a Vulcan is on the ground. Thanks for posting your shot of the last Vulcan Bomber in the air!

    Gatto - The shot of the Blue Angels (Hula Dancer Doll) looks like it is coming straight at you. I like the angle and the fact that you can see the pilot and copilot as well as the doll.

    Winners:
    Third place: Tatiana (Travelways) Snowbirds acrobatic flight demonstration in Ottawa, 1012. The colors and composition are beautiful.

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    Second Place: Peter (GSPep) - Flying to the Moon. The clarity of both plane and moon is great and I love the idea!

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    First Place: Jeromy (Chandlerja) Boom! Well just Boom! Great composition and timing on this one.

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    Congratulations to everyone for a great Challenge. Jeromy you get the pleasure of hosting the next Mini Challenge. BOOM!
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 10, 2015
    Jeromy - a well deserved win, great capture.
    Alan.
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 10, 2015
    Wow, thank you very much Jo for the 3rd place :ivar

    I really liked the 2 images ahead of mine, but for the "Boom" - I was sure it will get the first place! thumb.gif

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  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 10, 2015
    Great work by the 3 winners; Jeromy - beautiful vapor cone!!!!
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