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I told you not to push that red button!

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
I told you not to push that red button!
I told you not to push that red button!
Free style extreme snow machine jumping in Valdez.
© Gary Minish
 
 
 
Arthur Rosch
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    Very funny photo, Gary. Serious air.

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4/19/2003 11:47:51 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Oh My God!!!! This is amazing!!! Wow..
What a shot!


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Murry Grigsby
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Great perspective to emphasize the height of the jumper, Gary. I really like the triangular composition and the mountains in the background.


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Carl D. Miller  

Excellent shot Gary! I'm a motocrosser myself so I can really appreciate this stuff!


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Patricia Marroquin
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Great action shot, Gary. What's really neat to me is seeing the dirt flying off the bike -- the little brown specks falling like snow. Nice job!


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Shirley L. Carpenter
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WOW! Great capture Gary..........


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Jimmy Wen  

beautiful capture, Gary! like the vivid colors.


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Karen Seargeant
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WOW, EXCELLANT CAPTURE, Gary, as always!


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Gary Minish
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Thank you all! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It was quite challenging to handhold the camera, get the right angle for the mountain background, still get the right composition that didn't include the ramps yet positioned the truck in the right third, keep the horizon steady and level for the landscape, preset the focus and finally snap the shot at the right time within the 3 tenths of a second that the snowmachine spent in the frame! Love it when it all comes together though :-)


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Judy M. Sayers  

Awesome capture Gary!!! The title made me laugh. Judy


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Gary Minish
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Thank you, Judy!


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Damian P. Gadal
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Congrats Gary! :-)


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William C. Raco
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Congratulations, Gary.
Great photo!


bill


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Elizabeth A. Zibas
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Too Cool. No pun intended. Congrats Gary!


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Murry Grigsby
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Congrats, Gary!


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Joy Brown
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Congratulations, Gary !


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Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Gary!


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Ruth Denton  

I'm sending my congrats too!


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Carl D. Miller  

Should place HIGH in the standings :-)


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Oksana Pashko  

Many congrats, Gary!!!


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Gerda Grice
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Wow, what a capture, Gary! Congratulations and best of l;uck with this in the finals!


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Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats, Gary!


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Judith G. Secco
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Congratulations, Gary. THis is a riot!
Great shot.
Judy


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Judy M. Sayers  

Congratulations Gary!! Loved this shot.


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Ellen Peach
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Congratulations, Gary...excellent shot!


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Lem Metro  

That is flying!!! Great shot and well deserved accolades, Gary! Good luck with this one in the finals!


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Ron Goldman
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Congratulations Gary! Great shot. Good luck!


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Terry Gee  

Love that action! Congrats Gary!


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Connie L. Carpenter
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Congratulations on this wonderful photograph of some seriously crazy people.


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Gary Minish
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Thank you all very much for your kind congratulations! Your thoughtfulness is definitely appreciated :-)


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Karen Seargeant
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WOW! Great action shot! Tell us, Gary, how was the landing? Congratulations, Gar!


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Jimmy Wen  

Congratulations, Gary! I totally amazed how you captured this.


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Dolores Neilson
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Ouch!! I remember a similar spill very well! Ended up on my knees while I watched my snow machine fall from the air! I was more worried about my Dad's reaction than my condition!

Thanks for the memories, GAry! A deserving winner! What a capture!


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Monika Sapek
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Super action shot, Gary! Many congratulations!
Monika


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Gary Minish
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Karen; This kid made about 50 good landings during this exhibition, but another kid crashed and blew out 3 discs in his spine and a girl broke her leg. This is definitely a dangerous sport! Don't try this at home (as though you would actually consider it) :-) Thank you for your comment!

Jimmy; I shot a series of these shots during the exhibition. I picked the angle carefully, to get the mountain in the photo without showing the take off and landing ramps (to make it look more impossible) then pre-composed and focused. Then it was a matter of watching the jumpers approaching out of the corner of my eye, and trying to time the shutter to stop them during the 1/2 a second that they were within the frame! After a dozen jumps I was hitting them pretty regularly. I appreciate your comment!

Dolores; I'm glad I brought up old memories, but I'm sorry they were painful ones :-) In this particular case there was no spill though. The landing was perfect and he got high points for his mid air tricks. Thank you for your comment!

Monika; Thank you very much! I shot a number of these with different riders and needless to say they are in high demand by the jumpers plus their families & friends!


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Kathleen Clemons
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Way to go, Gary! Congrats on winning second with this! :)


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Ron Goldman
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Congratulations Gary!!!! I would like to see some of the landings as well!


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Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your win, Gary. Great image!


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William C. Raco
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Well done, Gary
Congratulations


bill


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Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Gary!


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Viveca Venegas
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Happy win Gary!! Bravo! Viveca.


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Gary Minish
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Kathleen, Ron, Murry, Bill, Patrick & Viveca; Thank you all very much for your kind wishes and for your continual support, it is greatly appreciated :-)


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Joy Brown
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Congratulations, Gary - on this awesome, well-deserved, second place winner!


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Gerda Grice
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Gary, this is such a wonderful image, it couldn't miss being in the winners' circle! Congratulations!


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Peggy Wolff
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I seem to be missing a lot of great photos. If they don't jump out in a thumbnail I don't look at them. This is simply marvolous! Talk about an action shot! Those action shots are NOT easy to catch! Great GREAT job! Just looking at this photo scares the kajeebies out of me so I will not be trying this at home! LOL Congrats on the win. :o)


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Mette Vendelboe Allison  

Cool action shot! Congrats!


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Dolores Neilson
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Whooo Hoooo!! Congratulations on your well deserved win, GAry!! ENjoy it!


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Lee Teft  

Congratulations Gary - well deserved!


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Jeff Galbraith
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Congratulations Gary,
On this amazing shot--great tiltle too.


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Barbara K. 
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Fantastic Gary! Congrats!


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Monika Sapek
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Gary one more time many congratulations on you great win!
Monika


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Gary Minish
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Joy, Gerda, Margaret, Mette, Dolores, Lee, Jeff, Barbara, Monicka; I sincerely appreciate every single one of your comments and thank you all for your great support!


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Jimmy Wen  

You have pushed the magic winning buttom right on time! congrats, Gary


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Terry Gee  

Congrats Gary! You will now be known for action as well as those beautiful landscapes!


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Bernard B. Travers
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And a mighty "hail to the chief" to you. Congratulations Master Minish.


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Gary Minish
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Ahh..you guys are far too generous, but I do appreciate your very kind and enthusiastic wishes ;-) Thank you, Jimmy, Terry & Bernard!


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Lem Metro  

Generous, yes. Bullcrapping you, no way! Well deserved accolades for a superior photographer. Sony should pay you for using their camera and making them look so good! Keep up the great work Gary.


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Gary Minish
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Why thank you Lem! Now I'm really flattered :-) I truly appreciate your kind support!


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Patricia Marroquin
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A belated congratulations on your win, Gary! I'm happy to see such a nice guy recognized for his fine work. :-)


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Gary Minish
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Why thank you, Patricia! That's very sweet of you :-)

I'm curious how your vacation went! I saw a comment where you said you caught a cold....that sounds like the weather was probably cold and wet. It's been unseasonally lousy here at Valdez, so it wouldn't surprise me. I sure hope you managed to get some decent photos just the same.


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donnalee cataldo
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totally awesome and totally perfect. I envy photographers like you. What a beautiful and SCARY shot. lol


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11/23/2003 3:07:02 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Thank you, Donna! It won't be long now and I'll have more opportunities to shoot those snow machine action photos :-)


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11/23/2003 7:25:48 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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WONDERFUL capture, Gary - and a GREAT title for your image, too! I just saw it featured, and HAD to comment! Are these people crazy - or what?! I just know that I'm glad it's not me up there - lol!! ;) Anyway, we'll be looking forward to seeing more of these action shots from you soon! All the best, Gary! :)


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11/30/2004 9:36:14 AM

 
Gary Minish
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Thanks, Carolyn! Actually I think these guys are a little beyond crazy...more into the insane category. This last year a couple of them have developed and mastered the back flip. Snowmachine and rider do a backward 360 loop in the air as they travel forward and still somehow manage to land on the down ramp!! And what about all those unsuccessful practice attempts you might ask?


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11/30/2004 8:12:36 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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Indeed - what about all those unsuccessful practice attempts?!!! ;) Also, fancy trying that back flip...they're definitely insane!!! ;) Thanks for the feedback, Gary! :)


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11/30/2004 9:16:55 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Since you asked....the first attempts were made with a snow ramp and 'landings' into fresh snow. Once they proved it could be done they perfected the procedure by jumping into fairly deep water. A lot of work recovering the machine after each jump but both the machine and rider tended to last longer with fewer injuries. I didn't see the first attempts made on a set of ramps but it must have been an adrenalin rush for the that rider!


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11/30/2004 9:45:45 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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Thanks for that explanation of the practice techniques, Gary!! ;) In my humble opinion they are all adrenalin-junkies - but hey, "horses for courses', huh?!! ;) I showed this image to Phil, and he thought it a WONDERFUL capture too, Gary! Keep up the excellent work, and have a great day, won't you?! :)


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11/30/2004 11:28:55 PM

 
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