I have this theory that judges don't like classic landscapes (which is what I'm mainly into) because they aren't clever enough (the images not the judges!). You see images in competition landscape classification with hands coming out of the sky and all manner of artistic overlay. Very clever and they win awards - but for me a classic landscape needs to reflect the real world.

Anyway, on the spur of the moment I put a couple of shots in the International Loupe on the last day it was open.  Surprise, surprise!

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Comment by Robyn Wawn on November 29, 2013 at 13:44

Spectacular landscape! Congratulations on the award.

Comment by Robert Norman on November 29, 2013 at 13:48

Thanks Robyn

Comment by Peter Ryan on November 29, 2013 at 19:01

Did they tell you how you could improve the image (in their view) to make it a gold medal winner?

Comment by Robert Norman on November 29, 2013 at 20:22

Apparently the judges comments will be available in due course.

Comment by Ian Blainey on November 29, 2013 at 21:26

Very interesting image, congratulations  

Comment by Graham Phillips on December 1, 2013 at 13:29

Hello everyone,...


Congratulations on the award!

I do like the image.

How did you take that one?

Fixed wing or Rotor opps?



Comment by Robert Norman on December 1, 2013 at 13:47

Hi Graham,

Thanks for the comment. Montgomery Reef if an amazing place and I'd wished I'd been able to spend more time out there, but it's an hour or more north of Derby by fixed wing aircraft.

The trick with all aerial photography, if you want a crisp clean shot that is, don't take it through a window. It needs to be out an open door or window - which starts to make things tricky. I organised a charter flight and fortunately the charter company found enough other people prepared to book on the flight to make the price bearable. It was a fixed wing Airvan which had a sliding side door they could open once they had washed off a fair bit of speed. Even so you need a shutter speed of about 800 to 1000th second to allow for the vibrations and air turbulence (you are in a mini-hurricane of 100 kph wind as you are leaning out the door). I guess 25% of my shots were soft from vibration and none of the shots I took through glass were up to the quality I wanted. Choppers are better (providing they don't have a door) because they can hover, but they have more internal vibration and  I'd say 1000th second is as slow as you can go. Be careful not to rest your camera on the aircrafts frame because that will transmit the vibration to your camera.

It's a shame it is so damn expensive or I'd do it more often.

Oh - lens caps and slide in filters are a no no because of the risk they will be sucked out and potentially damage the aircraft.

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