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Theme: Up There

Subjects in the photo should be unsupported by the ground. Examples include airplanes, balloons, bubbles, water splashes, astrophotography, clouds, birds/insects/animals in flight, etc.

This theme was suggested by whackamadoodle3000.

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like
  • Please, up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote
  • Voting closes on April 12, 2021 at 12:01 AM UTC (00:01 UTC if you prefer a 24-hour time). The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time.

Submission Rules

  1. One photo submission per answer. Up to three (3) entries allowed.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include:
    • a title for the photo
    • a location and date, if known
    • camera, lens, and exposure settings, if known
    • any other explanatory notes, comments, etc., that you want to include (completely optional)
  4. The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.
  5. Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a new question about your image.

Next Contest

Suggest a theme by writing a new answer at the Photo of the Week Theme Ideas thread. Please make sure to check the PotW theme ideas Archive first, to make sure you aren't recycling a theme.

The highest-voted theme will be the next theme.

Good luck!

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    Sure, those can count as long as it appear unsupported. Mar 29 at 15:31
  • 5
    Would it be an idea to occasionally randomise the order that these photos are displayed in? As it is the top voted pictures are always first and therefore more likely to get an up vote. Late comers rarely get a chance to obtain as many votes. Perhaps an ordered sequence of photos by vote number on even numbered days and randomise the order on odd numbered days? Just a thought!
    – MiguelH
    Apr 1 at 17:09
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    @MiguelH There’s no way to do that. This site runs on the Stack Exchange software that was designed for Q&A, not really designed for things like photo competitions. Considering that the Stack Exchange network went through a redesign a couple years ago in order to reduce differences between the different Stacks, and to normalize and unify the site customization process, I doubt Stack Exchange will modify their core functionality to accommodate Photo-SE’s mis-use of the Q&A model.
    – scottbb
    Apr 1 at 17:33
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    @MiguelH But what you’re describing is symptomatic of the reputation-based Q&A model in general. When a new question is asked, there’s a bit of a “land-rush”, where early answers tend to be more highly upvoted than later answers. That’s why I changed the recommendation for upcoming themes from being in the comments of the current competition, to being in their own long-running thread on Meta. That way, people can plan for an upcoming competition. It doesn’t help happenstance posters, but at least some can plan ahead.
    – scottbb
    Apr 1 at 17:41
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    @whackamadoodle3000 Secondly, I don't want to commit to that sort of maintenance on the photo contest, or set a precedent of that type of commitment for other mods to follow in my absence. Thirdly, I think "acceptance" of an answer is a genuine opinion. I can't square the concept of "randomly" accepting answers with my genuine opinion of being "most accepted", even for a short period. What about submissions I genuinely don't like, or don't think are good, or are possibly offensive? Am I obligated to accept the fate of the RNG and accept that answer, no matter what? That's a can of worms.
    – scottbb
    Apr 7 at 0:31

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Kaylee mid-flight

This is a shot of my wee dog Kaylee chasing after her ball jumping across the heather.

Location: Sidlaw Hills near Dundee, Scotland

Date: 2020-11-28

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX9, 12-60@39mm (image cropped in post), f/5.4, 1/800 sec, iso 200

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    "Never fear, Underdog is here!"
    – FreeMan
    Mar 29 at 17:47
  • 3
    Please respect the contest rules and don't downvote. Thanks!
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 18:45
  • Congratulation for winning this photo contest!
    – scottbb
    Apr 12 at 1:18
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Andromeda Galaxy/Messier 31

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Location: Taken from my backyard in Southern Germany (Bortle 4)

Date: February 13, 2021

Camera: Nikon D5300 with Tamron 70-210mm f/4 @135mm, ISO 4000, f/4, 1.3s

I stacked 350 light frames with some calibration frames in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop and StarNet++. If anyone is interested, I mostly followed the process described in this video: ANDROMEDA GALAXY with only a Camera, Lens, & Tripod.

Considering this photo was taken without a star tracker and a beginner DSLR, I am quite happy with the result even though it is admittedly noisy. I hope it might encourage someone to try astrophotography out themselves, without needing expensive equipment.

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    That's very impressive. Congrats! I was confused by your equipment list. Mar 30 at 1:49
  • That's impressive! I still have to watch the video, do you think it's possible to achieve something like this with a 135mm f/5.6 lens on an APSC camera? I assumed it was too slow. Mar 31 at 9:22
  • @DuncanDrake Thank you! I definitely think that's possible - my photo for example also was 135mm on APS-C, but f/4. The difference probably isn't that big. You will probably need to use a higher ISO which you could compensate for by taking more frames for stacking. It's definitely worth trying!
    – Jonas
    Mar 31 at 9:32
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Bald Eagle

March 03 2020

Over a frozen pond at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. 5D Mk III EF 100-400 II f/8 1/2500 ISO 640

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    Looks like the eagle is indoors, amazing Mar 30 at 22:12
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird

Location: Los Gatos, CA

Date: A few weeks ago

Camera: Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600

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Clear to Land

I chased this little guy (or one remarkably similar) around the garden for a week before I finally got this.
I'd only owned this camera (my first 'proper' camera after 10 years of iPhones) for a month & barely knew which way to point it, let alone set it up properly; so this was more good luck than good management.

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Nikon D5500 Tamron 70-300mm 1/800 185mm ISO 1250
Tenerife Dec 2016

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The "dark" parts of a thin crescent Moon reflects Earthshine as Comet PAN-STARRS is almost lost in the atmospheric haze nearer the horizon shortly after sunset on 13 March, 2013.

Earthshine and PAN-STARRS

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Canon 5D Mark II, ISO 400, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II @ 120mm and f/3.2 exposed for 3.2 seconds. Exposure +.33 in post. The sky was considerably darker than it appears when this exposure was taken.

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    Wow, such nice colors!
    – George
    Mar 30 at 0:37
  • 1
    Please respect the contest rules and don't downvote. Thanks!
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 18:45
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An acrobatic tumbler in the middle of a full twist layout backflip during cheerleader introductions at a high school football game October 2, 2020.

Full Twist Layout

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Canon 7D Mark II + EF 70-200mmf/2.8 L IS II, 70mm, ISO 6400, f/2.8, 1/1250. Cropped from 5472 x 3648 pixels to 2185 x 2913 before being downsized to 1080 x 1440 for web viewing.

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On the Beach

(Not far from that beach, Melbourne).

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Canon 5D III, 70-200 f/2.8 @ 70 f/8, 1/8000.

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    I'm reminded of the "leap of faith" in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Perfect timing!
    – scottbb
    Mar 30 at 5:04
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    Please respect the contest rules and don't downvote. Thanks!
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 18:45
  • I would be interested in how this photo was taken? I would assume it is pretty painful to jump from a rock that height.
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 19:04
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    @Jonas, nothing special, just a high-speed burst and a short exposure. The height is less than 10 m, comparable to a standard diving platform. It just look a bit more dramatic because you don't see the landing spot.
    – Zeus
    Mar 30 at 23:33
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Hangin' Out

Stawamus Chief, Squamish, British Columbia - April 2018

Camera: Canon 700D

Lens: EF 50mm f1.8

Settings: f10, 1/800 sec, ISO 200

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  • I climbed this route in 2018, and the guide pointed out this was a favourite spot for rope walking!
    – Xi'an
    Mar 31 at 14:49
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    I was only hiking up there - you wouldn't catch me up on a rope like that!
    – oajh
    Mar 31 at 15:55
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In Flight

Vancouver Island

February 2020

1/800, f/6, ISO 200

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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird

Location: Los Gatos, CA

Date: 6/13/2020

Camera: Canon Rebel T1I with Tamron 70-300 Macro

Anna's Hummingbird

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    Please respect the contest rules and don't downvote. Thanks!
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 18:45
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Korean Air B747-400

July 14 2011

Somewhere over the North Pacific

7D with 70-200mm 2.8 IS II ISO100 1/2000 f/4 enter image description here

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Northern Lights

Vancouver Island

November 2019

20 Seconds, f/1.8, ISO 1250

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Avian Escort

Avian Escort

  • Glacier Bay National Park, AK, USA
  • 2018/07/02
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF 70-300mm f4/5.6L IS USM
  • 81mm @ 1/1000, f/5.0, ISO 100

Taken from the balcony of our stateroom on the cruise ship. There was enough of a headwind (from the gulls perspective) that the bird was just hovering there checking us out.

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"0-0"

Zero vertical speed, zero horizontal speed.

F-22, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA.

Supported by nothing but hot air from the vectored thrust nozzles.

21 Apr 2017, 07:12

Fuji X-T1 XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/360, ISO 200, f18, Focal length 230mm

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Arctic Tern defending her nest

One of the photographers on the Isle of May got too close to the nest of an Arctic Tern who immediately took flight to defend the nest.

Location: Isle of May, Scotland

Date: 2014-06-06

Camera: Panasonic DMC-GX1, 45-150@45, f/5.0, 1/1000 sec, iso 160

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    The photo I want to see is the one taken by the one attacked by the bird!
    – Michael C
    Apr 1 at 15:13
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"Oh, no. This was a terrible mistake"

Lucky shot of my dog's baffled face when she misjudged the jump.

Location: Near Dundee, Scotland

Date: 2020-03-29

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX9, 12-60@42, f/5.5, 1/500 sec, iso 250

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    Please respect the contest rules and don't downvote. Thanks!
    – Jonas
    Mar 30 at 18:46
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Falling in Style

Orthogonal Hazard

October 24th 2016

Location : Jogini Waterfalls, Manali, India

Nikon D5100

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Stork in flight

Stork in flight

Taken at Safari Park, Lake Maggiore, Italy on 14th February 2021.
A group of storks and ibis birds have their home at Safari Park. They are used to the visitors and come quite close. I like storks. Elegant end resilient. Somehow they make me smile.
Taken with a Canon 80D, Canon 18-135 F/3.5-5.6 IS STM, f9.0, 1/500, ISO 100.

Original picture and others from the same event available here

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Subject: Great Blue Heron

Location: Baylands Preserve in Palo Alto, CA

Date: 3/28/2021 (last Sunday)

Camera: Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600

Great Blue Heron

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Lunar Halo

Vancouver Island

August 2020

8 second, ISO 400, f/4

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  • What is happening with the white light and the orange trace over the pharo ?
    – Soleil
    Apr 1 at 13:44
  • Look up "lunar halo". Apr 2 at 15:39
  • Lovely picture but the watermark is distracting; enough to not upvote it, sorry. It's the work of mere seconds to remove those these days, so it doesn't serve as any kind of deterrent. Also by posting here you have assigned a CC BY-SA 4.0 license to it, allowing modification & re-use. Be careful if you intend this to be used elsewhere commercially. i.stack.imgur.com/F514I.jpg
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 3 at 12:26
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Beautiful Dance

  • 29.April.2020
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Nikon D3200 + AF-S Nikkor 50mm on f1.8, 1/4000s, ISO 100

One of the reasons I hate cleaning up the plants that grow in the crack on the floor :) So many flowers grew in a few months left untouched, then I found so many bees flying around, and decided to try out my 50mm lens, recently gifted to me by my uncle. On this photo, two of them, at the same time, left the flowers they were in and caught them in-flight.

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China Eastern A330

March 29 2018

Canon 80D with 55-250 STM @250mm 1/1000 f/6.3 ISO 100

35,000’ over the Pacific Ocean nearing Japan enroute from Toronto to Tokyo. enter image description here

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Snow Moon

North Wales, UK - February 2021

Camera: Canon 700D

Lens: Celestron Reflector telescope that I adapted/jury-rigged to take pictures through.

Settings: 1/320 sec, ISO 800

Panorama stitched in Affinity Photo from two exposures that happened to overlap and provide a full picture of the moon.

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Spooky Moon

This is a two-image composite. I set up two cameras - one with a Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with a Canon 60D camera at prime focus, and one with a Canon T3i with a 55-250 lens. I simultaneously shot the clouds with the camera, while shooting the moon with the telescope, then comped them together into a final image.

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Title: Flashdance Date and Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC, May 2014 Details: ISO 400, f/5.6, 6 sec exposure Other info: A thunderstorm had just rolled through our campground and was out over the ocean still firing lightening bolts. I just took lots of shots and got a few good ones.enter image description here

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Up in the air

My wife shot this photo of mine on my OnePlus 5T in 2018, when we were out on a road trip.

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Gull in Flight

A gull cruising in ground-effect over the water.

Camera: Canon 60D Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85MM zoom at 85mm, F5.6 Shutter: 1/1000

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Lunar eclipse, Shanghai, 12/10/2011

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2011_lunar_eclipse

(Apologies for the low res photo, bad technique at the time)

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Subject: Spirit & Roses

Location: Chinatown, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date: 2021-03-30 @ 7:30PM

Camera: Nikon D3200

Lens: Nikkor 35mm 1.8G 35mm

Settings: f/1.8, 1/80sec, ISO400, EV-2.3, No flash

Spirit & Roses

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