Competition time

26 Nov

Yup, it’s that time of the year again…

Nothing to photograph so I just reuse my pictures by entering them in photo competitions. This year I tried my luck in the Smithsonian/Air and Space Mag competition and in a competition organized by Red Bull Sweden.

The second one ended today without any luck. All you had to do was upload your action pictures on Instagram and tag them. I thought my A2A pictures of jets with afterburners would be more than enough action, but apparently they are not. I did came out as one of the more original contestants as most of the pictures showed snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, etc. Of course my shots weren’t the best. There were more than 1700 entries so it’s not really a surprise I didn’t end in the final 3, nor did I hope for it after seeing some of the entries. I am surprised though about the winning shots. The first one isn’t showing any action at all, but of course it’s a great picture. Just look at it! That light and colours! To be honest, I don’t like the second one. The third one on the other hand does show action and is a kick-ass shot.

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Not enough action in these shots!

It’s not all bad luck for me though. Yesterday I got the email that one of my 3 pictures made it into the final selection of the Air & Space Magazine. I accidentally only entered in one category (don’t ask…) so I’m happy that at least one made it. I still have to compete against 9 other pictures in this category and against 39 others for the whole contest. So please keep your fingers crossed in January when they’ll announce the winners.

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The finalist in the ‘people and planes’ category

I must say I am happy that both contest had a jury selecting the winning pictures. Most of the contest work with ‘likes’ on Facebook, resulting in me spamming everyday until everyone hates me. I did this once, but after that first contest I just didn’t dare to ask anyone for likes anymore. I kinda used all my credit during the first contest. I did win that one though!

So, what’s your experience with photo contests? Feel free to add current contests in the comments.

Aviationphotography.be Update

25 Nov

Full Vulcan XH558 is now online

http://aviationphotography.be/VulcanXH558.html

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All Red Everything

22 Nov

Though the oldtimer fly-in at Koksijde was a pretty nice event, it was quite difficult to take some decent shots. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t bother to edit any until now. Don’t expect to many pictures from this event, but these two I didn’t want to withhold as I like them. corvette02-08-14_4g

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Rotor Effects

19 Nov

The last Vulcan post I just made happened to be my 1000th post on Apron6. Hooray! Let’s celebrate this with a 1001st post and a hot chick!

This just passed by on Facebook. A fashion shoot inside a flying helicopter. How cool is this?

You can watch the pictures here: http://airows.com/hot-model-helicopter-dangerously-crazy-photoshoot/ Or watch the video here.

 

 

Window view

19 Nov

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Blurb review

18 Nov

With my book out, I just need to review the platform I used to make the book.

Blurb has been my choice from the beginning because I knew some people who had made some very good looking books with it. I will review several aspects from the bookmaking proces as I have experienced it so that other people, who wish to self publish or print on demand, have an idea how things work.

The bookmaking

With Blurb you can make you book in several ways. If you want to have all the freedom you want to make you book the way you have in mind, than it’s better to use InDesign. Which Blurb supports. I’m not really into making some kick-ass design so I decided to work with their software: Booksmart. A little program you can download from their website and which is very easy to use. You can choose from several lay-outs and importing pictures is very easy. If you’re not really happy with how things look you can change stuff like you want it. It’s actually very easy to use and you can preview the book.

Uploading the book is very easy. In a couple of minutes it’s uploaded to their site and ready to be ordered.

Ordering

Ordering the book is simple. As soon as you’ve ordered and made the payment they will ship it to you. You can choose between two delivery dates. The first one costing more than the other. But if I were you, I’d just stick with the cheapest as they deliver much faster than they say. My book had to arrive on the 19th but it got delivered the 14th. Just about a week after I made the order.

Pricing

Blurb is not really the cheapest. My 122 page book (hardcover) has cost me 45 euro’s. But than again it’s ‘print on demand’ and you can’t really expect this to be cheap. Of course when you have less pages, softcover and order a large quantity, the price will drop and things get cheaper. Also don’t forget to check out for coupons to get a discount. Usually you can get 20% off all the time. Depending on you order and their coupons you can get up to 30% or even more.

Of course with prices this high it’s quite difficult to earn a little yourself. For my own book I added an average of 8€ for myself. The rest goes to Blurb. The price is even higher because of this and that is backing off potential buyers.

Quality

The quality is surprisingly good. First of all the print is quite nice! I have seen some ‘old’ Blurb books and they had the typical ‘dots’ in their print. It’s like all your pictures were grainy. But to my surprise that’s history. Most of my shots came out better in print than they were on my computer. So print quality is good.

The standard paper isn’t bad either, but there is certainly room for improvement. Blurb offers more expensive papers and I guess these are better. On the other hand, on other sites I’ve read that it actually doesn’t really matter which one you choose. That they are all quite alike. So I guess when you want to have top quality paper you better don’t use Blurb. I’m quite happy with the standerd paper anyway!

The hardcover is good to, but it’s difficult to open the book entirely. It cracks a little, but after a while it gets smoother. You do get some cracks on the cover on the place where it’s get bend, but even with normal book you’ll get that eventually. Even though I don’t like dust jackets it might be a good idea to get one to protect your book. If you care more about the looks I’d stay with the printed cover anyway. After all you will get some usage marks anyway.

Support

To my surprise the support they off is amazing! I had an issue with my settings and mailed to the support team. In less than two minutes I got an answer that actually solved the problem. So there is always some good help if you have any trouble during your proces of making a book.

If you have any additions, comments or experiences you would like to share, leave it here!

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And don’t forget to get your copy of ‘Cloud Head': http://www.blurb.com/books/5689790-c-l-o-u-d-h-e-a-d

Cloud Head

14 Nov

Today my book arrived by mail and I’m really excited about how it looks. Some of the pictures actually look better in print than they did on the computerscreen. It was the goal all along to see my pictures in print and have some kind of portfolio to show to people. That’s the main reason I decided not to put the entire book online. You can always scroll through this blog or my website if you want to see my shots. It really is about the material thing. Having a book in your hands and seeing them on paper. And that is the reason why I did put the book for sale on Blurb. So those who wish to have their own copy or want to support me. Go to the following link: http://www.blurb.com/books/5689790-c-l-o-u-d-h-e-a-d

You can also watch a little preview there. You can choose between softcover, hardcover( dustjacket or imagewrap). Delivery takes about a week. If you order, don’t forget to check for coupons. Some of those give you a 20 to 30% discount! Blurb regularly posts codes on their social media too.

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XH558

12 Nov

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Aviationphotography.be Update

8 Nov

Full first Koksijde Fly-in album is now online at

http://aviationphotography.be/Koksijde_flyin2014_1.html

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What a Vulcan photoflight looks like.

3 Nov

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