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 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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Ready ... Set ... GO!

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. :-)

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I Am a Skyhawk!

This newborn red-shouldered hawk is anxious to grow up.

Editor's Note: Dan also submitted two incredible thunderstorm pics this week. Clicky, clicky!

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Northern Lights on Fire

Shot almost exactly at the first reporting point (53N, 50W) 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.

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Not Quite Ready for Pasture

One-minute timed exposure "painting" prop with blue gel. Green cast due to barn light 1/2 mile away. Background lights are from San Francisco, 35 miles distant.

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As Above, So Blue

Looking south over Lake Tahoe from a 1954 Piper Pacer PA-20. Photo taken using Canon Powershot SD780IS and straightened using Picasa.

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Fly-By Over the Atlantic

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Bridge Flying ...

... the safe way.

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Yak-52 en route from Santa Paula, CA to Ramona, CA.

Pilot/Owner: George Lazik
Photographer: Sy Botan
Camera: Nikon D700
Chase Plane: C185 flown by owner Bruce Bowmar

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Team Oracle Over the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

Cropped from the original. I am flying with Ben Freelove, and the picture is of Eric Tucker (Sean's son) getting an areobatic thrill ride during San Francisco Fleet Week 2009.

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This is my grandson Brett on his first ride in Grandpa's homebuilt Zenith STOL CH701. Taken over Mack, Colorado with a Sony Cybershot 3.2MP camera; no editing, except to reduce size.

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Sunset Lift Over a Grass Boulevard

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.

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Crater Lake, OR

This photo of Crater Lake was taken at 10,000 feet with a Nikon digital camera from my LSA Thunder Gull J.

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Sun Country!

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.

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"My, What Big Intakes You Have"

F-15 Eagle at the 2010 Volk Field Air National Guard Base Open House and Fly-In.

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