Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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.  The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, 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 on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


As we were packing up for Sun 'n Fun, we asked AVweb readers to keep submitting pictures, promising that we'd dive back in as soon as we returned. You guys certainly lived up to your end of the bargain, uploading nearly 150 photos over the past two weeks. Now that we're back in front of our submission pile, it's time for us to pull our weight and start dishing out pics. So let's go!

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copyright Geoff Sobering
Used with permission

"Moonbeam McSwine" in the Glow

That's the glow of three balloons preparing for take-off during the Manitowoc (Wis.) "Thunder on the Lake Shore" air show, courtesy of Madison's Geoff Sobering.

Geoff makes a good case for subtle photo manipulations here, detailing in his comments how difficult it was to balance the glow of those burners and the darkness of those shadows under Moonshine's nose. The result, however, is pretty spectacular.


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copyright Joshua Griswold
Used with permission

Sunset Departure from Boston

On the subject of crispness and color manipulations, Joshua Griswold (of New York City) offers up this composite put together from three different exposures.


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Used with permission of Peter D. Howell

At Least They Plowed!

There's plenty of contrast here, too but in this case, it's all natural. (Literally!) Peter D. Howell of St. Paul, Minnesota reminds us that winter isn't as far behind us as we'd like to believe.


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Used with permission of Ben Woodruff

After the Storm

Ben Woodruff of Salina, Kansas used the same strategy, relying on nature to produce some incredible colors in the wake of a thunderstorm. (Ben tells us the photo op came "during Kansas State University's mountain flying course," so we imagine there was plenty of opportunity to snap pics while the storm passed over.)


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copyright Sparky Barnes Sargent
Used with permission

A Shimmering Show of Sparkles

Sparky Barnes Sargent of Washington, Oklahoma flies us out this week. Supplying the fireworks is Manfred Radius in his Salto.

Hey, wait! Is that what we miss out on during the night shows at Sun 'n Fun? Suddenly editing video and writing stories seems like a little more work ... .


More Reader-Submitted Photos!
With over a hundred in the box this week, we've just gotta show you more than five. Click on over to AVweb's home page and check out two dozen of our favorites from this week's mailbag.

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.