Your Flying World

Top 25 Plane Photos From Plane & Pilot’s Your Flying World Contest
The number and quality of the submissions to our inaugural photo contest blew us away. We think you’ll see why.
The joy part of judging this contest is plain, and I’m confident that no words are needed to convince you of that…

FIRST PLACE: Jon Hicks, “Fiery Sunrise Over Texas
Our Grand Prize winner was a unanimous pick to be among the top three, the only photograph in the contest so recognized. In it, Jon Hicks captured a Texas sunrise that not only dominates the sky but also lights up the top cowling of his Aviat Husky (as though the machine itself has become an integral part of the landscape, which pilots know is often closer to the truth than not). The shot defies some of the most frequent admonitions in photography to offset elements and use the Rule of Thirds. This sunset is in your face and dominating the scene. Just as it is in real life. (Okay, let’s go flying now, right?) Congratulations, Jon!
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SECOND PLACE: Kent Wein, “Chasing Cristo”
Kent Wein’s “Seeking Christo” took Second Place honors. Its construction of elements complement each other compositionally and thematically, with Christ The Redeemer, the 100-foot-tall soapstone masterpiece by designer/sculptor Paul Landowski, opening his arms to all. As it approaches the giant figure, the wing of the paraglider reflects that pose, its pilot doubtless experiencing the kind of sublime experience the artist had in mind. Guest judge Jim Koepnick was impressed by the scope of the photo (not an easy thing to do with aircraft) and the counterpoint of the statue.
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THIRD PLACE: James Popovic, “Katama Airfield”
The Third Place photograph, by James Popovic, is entitled “Katama Airfield,” the airport where it was shot on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The photograph, like Katama itself, with its grass strip and resort-style atmosphere, is one that evokes a bygone time. Many of the top images in our contest were done spur of the moment (a good reminder to have a camera ready); Popovic’s shot was carefully set up to capture a Norman Rockwell vibe, with Stearman and barn dog! Don’t fail to notice the biplane taking the skies behind the far hangar! It’s amazing everywhere you look. Judge Steve Zimmerman said that the image was, “Wonderfully evocative of an earlier age. The panoramic framing works well; muted light from the overcast sky renders the scene in subtle shades of gray; and we can only tip our hats to the photographer’s artful intent and execution…and their split-second timing.”
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Joseph Poff’s “Welcome To Seattle”
Joseph Poff caught this plane cresting Mt. Rainier and an impressive lenticular cloud on its way into Seattle, Washington. Poff, a pilot, CPA and musician, got the short from his backyard deck using a Nikon D3400 with a 70-300 mm zoom lens.
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Maciej Hatta’s “Final Moon”
For photographer Maciej Hatta, getting this shot was way more science project than snapshot. Using a planetary guide app, he figured out just when the Hunter Moon would intersect with the departure path from Westchester County Airport and nailed the shot using a Sony A7iii.

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Your Flying World Contest
By Plane & Pilot, Introduction by Isabel Goyer

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Landscape with the moon

Winning images from the “Landscape with the moon” competition.

Кирилл Уютнов
Холодный северный месяц
Russia, Москва
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Uchorczak Paweł
Poland, Opole
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Михалюк Сергей *
Belarus, Минск
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Шитиков Владимир
Russia, Вологда
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Николай Бологов
Полюшко поле…
Russia, Ливны
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Landscape with the moon
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10 years of the world’s best space photography

See a selection of this year’s shortlisted images from aurorae and skyscapes to galaxies and the Moon. Read the story behind the photos through the words of the astrophotographers themselves.

Guarding the galaxy © Jez Hughes
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Earth Shine © Peter Ward
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Holding Due North © Jake Mosher
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Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula © Mario Cogo
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Guardian of Tre Cime © Carlos F. Turienzo
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Winners from the 2018 competition will be announced on 23 October. Sign up to our newsletter to hear the latest news and stories. Just let us know you’re interested in ‘space and astronomy’.
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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist gallery
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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes through the Earth’s dark shadow, which can only happen during a full moon. There are two or more lunar eclipses a year.

lunareclipse1Types of Lunar Eclipses
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. This occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s penumbral shadow. These eclipses are subtle and hard to observe.
Partial Lunar Eclipse. This occurs when a portion of the moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. These eclipses are easy to see with the unaided eye.
Total Lunar Eclipse. This occurs when the entire moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. During the total phase (totality), the moon turns a vibrant red color. These are easy to see as well, with the unaided eye.

lunareclipse2A lunar eclipse begins as a small notch slowly appears along one edge of the moon. During the next hour, the moon gradually dips deeper into Earth’s dark umbral shadow. If the eclipse is a total one, the last remaining minutes of the partial phases can be quite dramatic. The crescent of the moon grows thinner as darkness propagates through a night sky now deprived of moonlight. If you’re away from city lights, the Milky Way becomes bright and beautiful as the total phase begins.

lunareclipse3No matter what kind of camera you own, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to photograph a lunar eclipse: wide-angle, telephoto, multiple exposure and star trail. While you can also use film cameras to photograph eclipses, this article specifically discusses digital camera use.

lunareclipse4Geometry of the Sun, Earth and Moon During an Eclipse of the moon. Earth’s two shadows are the penumbra and the umbra.
(Sizes and distances not to scale)

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