Critique Small planes, big clouds.

Nov 14, 2005
Winter Haven, florida
I always enter a show at our local airport.
I am actually getting bored with tight close up images of planes in the air, it is getting almost too easy- and they all look essentially the same.
I am trying to shoot with wider glass and get a wider overall scene this year- sometimes it works, often it doesn't.
These two look pretty nice in print, especially for something different.

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Jan 22, 2019
Jupiter, FL
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I really like what you're trying to do here. Just a couple observations...

The smoke trails and clouds are the subjects here. As such, the challenge becomes how to compose those elements in a way that their relationship with each other is strong. For me, the second image does that better than the first. I am still far from mastering the "garden variety" tight shot that one expects to get at an airshow, but along the way, I have also tried to create loosely framed contextual images, and it is indeed a challenge. Much like landscape photography, the goal (I think) is to generate interest in elements that are at different depths. Not that it is a spectacular shot, but as an example of what I mean, here's a photo from a few years ago when we were enjoying some shade under a DC-3 at Oshkosh...
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