If at first you don’t succeed…..

If at first you don’t succeed…..

• … try, try, try again. ~William Hickson

• ….do it like your mother told you. ~Author Unknown

• ….destroy all evidence that you tried. ~ Steven Wright

• ….then skydiving definitely isn’t for you. ~Steven Wright

• … find out if the loser gets anything. ~Bill Lyon

• ….before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong. ~Leo Rosten

• ….redefine success. ~Author unknown.

• ….failure may be your style.~Author unknown.

• ….try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. ~W. C. Fields

Source: Photographer Christopher Tomas captured this shot of a Qantas Dash 8 plane flying across the surface of the moon after many, many tries. No tricks, no Photoshop.

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55 Responses to If at first you don’t succeed…..

  1. Asa Gislason says:


    LOL this is pretty fun way to look at things and the photo is simple amazing. We are now soooo used to tricks and Photoshop, great to see the real thing, achieved with good old fashioned patience 😉


  2. too close yet too far…


  3. Rajini Rao outstanding photo. thx.


    i have remembered this ( with tricks, with animation ( : )


    Pink Floyd – Goodbye Blue Sky

  4. Rajini Rao says:


    Outstanding video from PF…wonderful quality too, Thank You Konstantin Makov ! Sorry to make you blush 🙂

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    +100 for the Quitter’s motto, Peter Lindelauf 🙂 Thank you for the weekend laughs.

  6. David Love says:


    The one attributed to W. C. Fields has also been attributed to Mark Twain.

  7. Rajini Rao says:


    David Love , oh well, as Abraham Lincoln said, “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they are genuine.” 😀


  8. Wait, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t alive when it was invented, so how did he know about it?

  9. Rajini Rao says:


    Exactly, Charles Heywood 😉


  10. The shot is amazing… But if that’s a jet, I’m the Pope. 😉

  11. Rajini Rao says:


    Just for you, Gert Sønderby “Qantas Dash 8 Q400” 🙂


  12. Oo, Dash 8, the airplane that can’t land safely! 😀

  13. Rajini Rao says:


    Gert Sønderby , do tell? Was this the Scarebus?

  14. Marian Wirth says:


    If at first you don’t succeed…..redefine success. is from me 🙂

  15. Joseph Price says:


    The only thing about star travle is the part where you freeze:(

  16. Joseph Price says:


    Sorry,”bad” part….

  17. Dusty Reins says:


    I see no “jet” but that’s beside the point isn’t it?

  18. Rajini Rao says:


    Dusty Reins , Oh you G plussers always catch me out 🙂 Edited for you and for Gert Sønderby


  19. There was a string of accidents in Denmark with Dash 8 planes, where the undercarriage blew out on landing. Nobody was hurt, but the airline in question spent a lot of time answering some very pointed questions. Don’t know if it was about the plane type, or the airline’s maintenance of it.

  20. Rajini Rao says:


    Marian Wirth , instantly recognizable Banksy, isn’t it. Particularly apt with Konstantin Makov ‘s link to PF’s Goodbye Blue Sky. Drew Sowersby , the man’s a genius for finding the perfect music for anything. His music choices for my science posts are like a match made in heaven 🙂

  21. Marian Wirth says:


    Rajini Rao I insist on being recognized independently instead of being tied to your other fans like Konstantin Makov and Drew Sowersby. We are all individuals, aren’t we?

  22. Rajini Rao says:


    Here you go, your very own fan comment box Marian Wirth 😉

  23. Marian Wirth says:


    Rajini Rao Thanks. I mean, seriously, using social media to cram three people into one comment – what were you thinking? 😉

  24. Rajini Rao says:


    Consider me appropriately schooled and repentant, O Social Media Guru! 🙂 🙂

  25. Kevin Clift says:


    Robert The Bruce Legend “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_the_Bruce#Legends


    Perhaps William Hickson wrote the words to the spidery legend.

  26. Rajini Rao says:


    I love that story about Robert Bruce too, Kevin Clift !

  27. Arthur Hwang says:


    “failure may be your style.” ~Author unknown


  28. sumday u gonna do wonders 4 sure 🙂 🙂 Rajini Rao


  29. “…..do it like your mother told you” But my god dont let her know. You’ll never hear the end of it! Great post.


  30. got to find out more about +Bill lyon


  31. There’s also “… Dust yourself up and try again.” ~Timbaland (Aaliyah and Timbaland).

  32. nash copper says:


    this is unbelievable

  33. Javed Khan says:


    good to see this picture

  34. Bhagwad Park says:


    Oh wow. That is awesome!

  35. Kapil Ranade says:


    Er, didn’t he have anything better to do?

  36. kiran kumar says:


    destroy all evidence…totally !!! 😀

  37. vignesh raj says:


    hats of the photo grapher

  38. Rajini Rao says:


    Both totally awesome pictures, John Spade !Thank you for sharing them here. Is there a story behind how you got them or was it just persistence + good luck?

  39. John Spade says:


    Rajini Rao hehe, yeah, sorry to crash your thread. “Oh oh I got that!” Some luck but mostly keeping an eye out. The telescope one was a bit of luck because of full moon and zoom meant one chance. No crop on this shot. ( http://500px.com/photo/3184903 ) The full moon and the 737 AAL487 from PHI to MIA, I was just trying out new focal reducer ( down to about 1300mm ) on telescope and I saw the plane coming. It looked like it was going to cross so I just waited and hit the single frame. Settings could have been better (higher shutter ) but when I saw it was going to cross a mostly full moon I didn’t want to bump anything. It wasn’t the clearest night, but once a year type shot so I’ll take it.


    The second ( http://500px.com/photo/4617385 ) was handheld 300mm plus crop of AWE184 headed from FLL to PHX. Leaving Fort Lauderdale they often make a turn above my house. This one turned early and hit enough altitude to catch the already set sun and then I fired a few frames as it approached the waxing moon. Sometimes I shoot the planes if it looks right while I am waiting for birds to fly by in the evening.


    Because our winds off the ocean in South Florida are usually the same, the approaches and departures are fairly predictable. Hopefully, I’ll get a few more this year.

  40. Rajini Rao says:


    No need for apologies, John Spade . With pictures like these, feel free to crash in on my posts anytime! 🙂 I like how the details on the moon contrast with the shadow of the Boeing across it in your picture.

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