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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Choose Your Favorite Photo

This week the Flight For Safety cover is going into production and I need a little help with the new photo for the book jacket. While I'm on my flight to Seattle today, can you tell me which photo I should use?




Happy Flying and Thank You for your opinion~

And if you haven't read Flight For Control...  
What are you waiting for?


Enjoy the Journey!
 XO Karlene

76 comments:

  1. My favourite one is the first photo - although they're all great! Plus you really get a feel for the size of that engine! Looking forward to reading Flight For Safety :)

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    1. Thank you so much! That engine is so big!

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  2. Hi Karlene,

    For the present purpose, I think the 2nd one.

    Regards,

    Frank

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    1. Thanks Frank. Husband votes on that too.

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  3. I choose the third one which is a better close up, assuming there was no swim suit view. (Ok, maybe I'm a little sexist.)

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    1. Lol... swimsuit view. Now there's a thought. lol. Maybe on the 50 shades of.... ;)

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  4. I vote for the 2nd one. You look the happiest and you can clearly see the background as well.

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    1. Thanks Daniel, what a can of worms. 50/50 on the choices. lol

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  5. I like the first as well. I finished Flight for Control last week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for Flight for Safety to hit the shelves!

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    1. Chet thank you so much!!! Would you mind writing a comment on Amazon? That would be awesome!!!

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  6. Karlene,

    All three pictures are fine. I think for a book cover I would go with number one. I think the body image is much stronger in that one that the other two. A hand on the waist presents a image of strength and confidence while the other two are more casual, open and passive.

    Not sure about the sun glasses. It is nice to see the eyes but your a pilot and pilots wear shades. So that is cool.

    I always though that authors were required to be brooding academic types in their pictures. I don't see a tweed sweater or a jacket with patches on the elbows. It is hard to choose a picture that says everything you want it to say.

    I have been thinking about what I will put on my book jacket. I like the choice of you next to the engine.

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    1. Thanks Rob. I was trying for the brooding part... but couldn't find the tweed and just gave up. We had a couple in the flight deck too. But... these turned out the best so far. And I don't want to delay my book for another photo.

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  7. Hey Karlene!
    If I had to choose one, it would be the first one. The contrast is off in the other two, although that could probably be adjusted to some extent. Not a big fan of the sunglasses either, because they hide your eyes. I always ask subjects to remove their sunglasses, as it subconsciously looks like you have something to hide. If you are in a location where it's normal to be wearing sunglasses, it's probably not a good spot to create a portrait, because of the harsh lighting contrast.
    The composition in the first one is also better, as your body posture is more relaxed. If an image has the potential to be used for a commercial purpose, which this is, I shoot one image with the ID badge included, so later I know who it is, and then ask the subject to remove the ID badges. It just looks less cluttered. Same with stuff in the pockets…cell phones, pens, keys, etc.
    Remember, the shot is about you, and not about the stuff!
    John

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    1. Hi John, Thanks! I agree so much. These photos were taken during an actual walkaround as a mechanic passed by. We had seconds. He clicked a couple quickly and then my camera went dead. One day we'll do a real photo and it might be professional. lol. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  8. I like the last one. You're the subject of the photo, and it does give a small hint of the engine size...

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    1. Thanks Ron. Two and three are the same photo. So my cover-maker will create the size to fit.

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  9. Karlene,

    I like the second photo also.

    Thanks,

    Butch

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  10. Hi,
    The second one too for me.

    Thomas M

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    1. Thank you Thomas... okay... 2nd is on the top!

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  11. I like the 2nd one... gives a larger frame, to show the size of the engine, with more light than the first one.

    It'll be great regardless!
    -Swayne

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    1. Thanks Swayne. I like the engine too! It takes awy from the subject. :)

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  12. Hello!

    I'd vote for the third one - after all, it's about you, not the engine :-) Just curious - are these older pics or are you still wearing the NWA id neck ribbon (or whatever it is called)?

    Wishing you a great year and safe flights!

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    1. Lol... I love the attention to detail. These are the most recent shots from this trip. And yes... I am wearing a NWA lanyard. I had a red company and it broke! This one lasts forever. So... there she goes on all my trips until I can find another. Thank you!!

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  13. I think the first one is by far the best.

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    1. Awesome!!! It's a zoomed number two. :) Thank you!

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    1. Thank you!!! It's a zoomed number 2! :) Now number 3 is creeping up!

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  16. OK Karlene,... my honest opinion. Photo #2 and #3 should have the same light quality as #1, however, I do agree with the others above that you should be the subject matter. The engine does do a great background though.

    I am not for sure about the sunglasses as a part of me says to keep them on. In your first novel, your portrait shows you with no glasses. Also one of the insignias of a pilot is wearing sunglasses/aviators.. Maybe they could be in a pocket? Still keep the glasses in your photo.

    Also the NWA lanyard is a MUST. Wear it proud!!

    But honestly, my final decision would be photo #1.

    You look AWESOME in ALL OF THEM!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Unfortunately I can't take the glasses off the photo. I'm at a point of delay another two weeks or use one. lol. There is a little problem with number 1. It's actually zoomed in so much... I'm a speck in the first photo... that it structurally might not work. But... will find out. Thank you!! Yes.. NWA!

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    1. Thank you Rich!!! It's getting more votes now!

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  18. I like all of them, but my favorite is the 1st!

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  19. All of them are great photos but my vote goes to the 2nd one :)

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  20. Karlene,

    Its rob again. I am wondering why no one voted for the 4th photo?

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    1. Good question!!! So... do you know what plane and airline that is? :)

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    2. Well it looks my company's uniform. I don't know who else has the silver bars. The lanyard is not the one most of the folks at my place wear, but some folks wear what they want.

      The instruments are different than the 757 I just trained on, but I only have 15 hours so I don't know it so well. I have not been on the 767 but I know it has round dials so it might be that or a old school 757.

      To answer your question. I don't have a clue. Ha ha.

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    3. Well you tried! And that's what counts. :) 757... not your company...and I jumped going to my yoga retreat. :)

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  21. Yep, 1st photo! Though take another pic with your Company bling removed--or Photoshop it out! ;)

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  22. Number 1 or number 3.

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  23. first one with the sheer size of engine in the background , will be great

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  24. 1st photo gives a strong authority impression.

    Choose it. I love it.

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    1. Lol... my cover developer chose one! She said, "I picked the best one." Wonder which?

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  25. I like the 2nd one also... Err... Yep, I don't know. Both a lovely!

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  26. I like your 1st photo
    Regards
    Shailee Sharma

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  27. Karlene,they are all great,but I think number 2 by a whisker.

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    1. Thank you John! (I just submitted and the cover editor chose that one.) :) Exciting!

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  28. I like the coloring/density of #1 and the composition of #2. Congratulations on your new book!

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    1. Thank you so much Natasha! That means so much!!!

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  29. I do believe that in the first photo, that the hand in pocket gives a sense of confidence....but from a maintenance background I would have to say, make sure you are FOD FREE in front of the engine....#1 and #3 are my pics! Great Job.

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    1. Thank you so much! After all that my cover designer had the final rule. lol. I guess she has a plan. Coming in two weeks!!

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