Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo here? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
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Jim Bryant of Los Angeles, CA
I wanted to submit one of my favorite Bill Reesman photos. Here Reesman, piloting his Mig-17, buzzes the Smoke-N-Thunder Jetcar support crew at the start of the race. The Jetcar (not pictured) has just started down the runway, leaving behind the heat waves you see in the image captured at the 2009 Aviation Nation Airshow (Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada). This photo has not been cropped or Photoshopped and was captured in single-shot mode. I just got lucky with the framing. :-)
Shot almost exactly at the first reporting point (53°N, 50°W) crossing the Atlantic on our way to London in an American Airlines Boeing 757. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II with no adjustments digitally.
Editor's Note: Kent included a link to his web site in his latest submission. We were up way past our bedtime stalking him and looking at pretty pictures last night, so maybe you should check it out, too.
Gilbert Benzonana of Grand-Lancy, Geneva (Switzerland)
Late afternoon over the Montricher Air Field near Geneva. Photo taken with a Pentax Optio P80 camera at 1/500 sec, F 5.8, focal length 20 mm. The original image was recentered and its file size reduced to under 1 MB.
My adult kids and I were flying back from DFW to Minneapolis from visiting my Mom and my sister for Christmas in Texas in 2006. The flight was only about one-third full (or less), and the row of seats across the aisle to my right was empty. I spied the winglet lit up by the rapidly setting sun and framed by a window in the empty row. It was perfectly framed, so I zoomed in on it and took the shot. I love to take pictures when I'm in a window seat, so it was a surprise to see this through the window on the opposite side of the aircraft. Image was straightened and cropped in iPhoto; I may have made some slight contrast and saturation adjustments, also. I used a Nikon D50 with an 18-200mm Tamron lens.