Spotting Fails - The best fails from your spotting expeditions!


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Week 1: Spotting Fails Competition

  • JRRaviation - Failed BA 772 Pan
  • Kyle.Plane - Failed Focus on TU-204 (Air Koryo)
  • Daniel14 - Boeing 787 sun glare fail.
  • Thomas - Failed focus on AN225
  • GaplessHiding - Emirates A380 featuring Mr.Pole!

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Spotting Fails - The best fails from spotting expeditions on the Infinite Flight Community!

Greeting, and welcome to #SpottingFails! I’m your host, Jacob! Spotting fails is a community topic where everyone post their best fails, and not their best pictures. Sure, we do like good pictures… But what we really like is a good fail.

Every week I plan on selecting a featured fail to be on the top of this topic. There will be a weekly poll for the best fails, and the winner (obviously) wins! I know we have plenty of spotters here on the IFC, and I look forward to the bets submissions.

Rules and information to submitting your #SpottingFail

I know the mods want a well organized topic, so I will go ahead and seat a few guidelines.

DO NOT POST GOOD PICTURES

By doing this, you are ruining the point of the topic and honestly you should make a spotting topic for your best photos. By doing a spotting fails topic, I hope to bring more life into #real-world-aviation:spotting.

Post 1 fail per post. Please do not include multiple fails, as this makes the competiton harder to manage.
You may submit a new fail every week, but please just post 1 fail per week.

How the competition works:

  1. Someone may submit 1 photo of a spotting fail. Members are asked to only post 1 fail per week.\
  2. The top 4 posts with the most likes will be nominated for voting 2 days before the week ends.
  3. The competition starts on Monday, voting will start on Friday, and the winner will be announced on Sunday night.
  4. Each winner will receive a special mention on my Instagram page (@jrraviation) and will have their fail archived in the main topic.

MAY THE FAILS BEGIN!

Side note: I want to thank my good friends Ben, Chris, and Andrew for giving me the idea to make this topic. Please check out their spotting fails account on Instagram! www.instagram.com/spottingfails

Previous Spotting Fails Winners

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What was your worst spotting experience?
#2

Well, I’ll be the first to submit. I was panning this weekend with a few friends during Experience Aviation Day, and it didn’t go so well with 1/30 of a second! I did not get 1 good picture of this BA 777-200ER, but here is the “Best” one I got:


#3


When you see the Air Koryo TU-204 but the camera focuses on the rain 🤦‍♂️ It’s the blob on the right…


#4

When the sun doesn’t want you to take a photo of a 787 in storage:


#5

Once in a lifetime opportunity, Antonov An-225 at Prague. I was about to get an amazing shot of it passing over, last minute runway change AND camera refused to focus. Ouch.


#6

JFK’s specialty, POLES

My specialty, shooting at airplanes that are too far away and getting pics with a bunch of heat distortion

Both come together to form a not-so-great image
The HUGE watermark also adds to this effect 😂


#9

I was at KATL with the Southwest Warrior One (Same 737-800 that’s in IF) on final. All of the pictures I got were blurry, were incomplete (just part of the plane), or had something in the way:


#10

There’s a ton of fails going on in this pic

  • Not a real camera
  • Lighting
  • Pole
  • People

And to top it off it had to be a special livery too


#11

We all love a good ol’ light pole!


#12

I have another of Warrior One, where a car drove right in front of the shot.


#13

Wire spotting is always the best, except when a plane has to ruin the picture


#14

When you finally see the plane you’ve been wanting to spot for a couple of years and your crappy IPad camera decides to focus on the…GLASS


#15


When you aren’t moving the camera forward fast enough and the nose gets cut off!
😡


#16


Stupid light post


#17

same for me, those boring light posts


#18

yeah need to bring a ladder on some of these longer take off rolls. That fence is a pain in the butt


#19

The good ole heat distortion a yearly problem I have hear in Orlando. Even in January I had it.


#20

I lost the back here


#21


#22

But in bandung you have those stage right? Very famous place to spot…