Your Best Shot April-May 2024: The winners!

Your Best Shot is a photograph competitors open to Australian residents. There’s a distinct theme each couple of months, and a collection of the profitable photographs will probably be printed in AP magazine and on-line. 
Each situation, AP’s Editor Mike O’Connor will select six photographs to be printed each in print and on-line, with each a winner and a runner-up chosen. Our winner can even obtain an incredible prize due to Blonde Robot, the Australasian distributors of Peak Design, 3 Legged Thing, and Angelbird.
You can discover out all the main points for entry and the themes for 2024 right here.
April/May 2024
Theme: Flight
One of probably the most satisfying moments you possibly can have in images is whenever you realise you should use shutter pace to freeze a second – and maybe the last word check of that is capturing a topic in flight.
This situation, we needed to see photographs that explored flight in all its artistic methods, and with an enormous variety of entries (greater than 120!) you didn’t disappoint us. These had been our picks.
This situation’s winner
Ross Duncan, Feeling insignificant

Ross Duncan, Feeling insignificant

Editor’s remark: What made Ross Duncan’s shot a winner is it reveals greater than only a aircraft or object frozen within the sky, but additionally a few of the setting round it – one thing that’s typically tough to seize when taking pictures up towards a sky.
He tells us the picture was captured whereas mountaineering alongside the well-known Via Francigena in Northern Italy, following the trail of an historical glacier.

“I might hear a buzzy little engine someplace, straining at its process, when all of a sudden out of the deep shadows a tiny aircraft bobbed into view, the backdrop of the Italian alps placing us all in our place.”
The result’s a picture that’s received an actual feeling of story – the little aircraft dwarfed by the mountains because it surges up into the sky.
If we had been to supply one little bit of suggestions it will be to permit a few of the texture of the mountain misplaced within the crunched blacks to indicate by means of, however in any other case, it is a implausible picture.
Technical particulars
Fuji X-T1, 18-55mm lens @ 55mm. 1/1000s @ f14, ISO 320.
Highly recommended
Glenda Gore, Breakfast Spotted

Glenda Gore, Breakfast noticed

Editor’s remark: You know that factor we mentioned within the intro about freezing the second – properly, that is what it’s all about! At a ferociously quick 1/16000s, Glenda captured this putting picture of a Caspian Tern because it dived for its breakfast.
As she tells us, photographing these birds is difficult, not just for their pace, however for his or her white wings which might simply come up as overexposed.
Luckily that’s not the case right here, and also you’ve finished brilliantly to seize the total span of the wings too, a break up second earlier than they slender for the dive.
Technical particulars
Canon R7, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM lens. 1/16000s @ f3.2, ISO 800.
Special mentions

Di Lymbury, Pacific Black Take Off

How I did it: I spend many moments at a neighborhood pond and plenty of waterbirds frequent it. One of my favourites to {photograph} is the Pacific Black Duck and I’m at all times hoping to seize a flash of the sensible fluorescent greenish blue beneath the wings.
This Pacific Black was captured at lift-off. Armed with a low camp stool and utilizing a Canon digicam handheld, I chosen a excessive shutter pace to seize the splashes of the water.
Technical particulars
None offered.

Ronald Fritz, Flying to the solar

How I did it: Captured on the Avalon Air Show 2023, and shot instantly into the solar. I solely noticed the airplanes as soon as I processed the picture in Lightroom!
Technical particulars
Nikon Z6, NIKKOR 24-200mm f/4-6.3 lens @ 175mm. 1/320s @ f9, ISO 100.

Penelope Robertshawe, Untitled

How I did it: I’m a avenue photographer and my topics often characteristic folks within the city setting. But folks aren’t the one creatures roaming the streets, birds are additionally prevalent in every single place I’m going.
I took this shot in Haymarket, Sydney. It was late within the day when the solar casts lengthy shadows. Seagulls had been in search of pickings within the close to empty avenue. I kneeled on the bottom to border the scene and shot on steady into the sunshine. This body caught certainly one of them in flight with its wings backlit.
Technical particulars
Nikon Z7 II, NIKKOR Z 24 mm lens. 1/400s @ f10, ISO 250.

Steve Genesin, Counter measures

How I did it: A RAAF Hercules plane on a sluggish cross on the Pacific Airshow lets free the flares as a part of its defence mechanisms. I, together with hundreds of different spectators, watched and snapped away with our cameras attempting to seize the motion!
Technical particulars
Olympus OM-1, Olympus 100-400mm lens @ 100mm. 1/1000s @ f9, ISO 200.

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