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B-25 Fireworks



A newer version of an earlier photo uploaded to Viewbug. I think this one has more life to it.

A newer version of an earlier photo uploaded to Viewbug. I think this one has more life to it.
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21 Comments | Report
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick March 10, 2016
Superb shot.
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick March 10, 2016
Superb shot.
Julesp18
 
Julesp18 October 23, 2016
Between the colors, the action of the spinning propellers and the fireworks in the background, this image is truly perfect.
bobbybryant PRO
 
bobbybryant November 17, 2016
One of the bombers that helped defeat Hitler.
bestphotos1
 
bestphotos1 November 24, 2016
Neat
SVPhotos PRO
 
SVPhotos November 30, 2016
Love!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK January 03, 2017
Genius
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK January 03, 2017
Congratulations
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi January 28, 2017
I agree this is just wonderful.. Gen. Dolittle would love this shot...
BrianBasson
 
BrianBasson February 17, 2017
Congratulations. A wonderful shot.
SimonArron PRO+
 
SimonArron February 17, 2017
Not sure whether to be inspired or envious - probably both, I guess. A wonderful composition.
adavies PRO
 
adavies April 20, 2017
Very cool! This is an incredible capture...beautifully done! :)
LynnJersey
 
LynnJersey April 30, 2017
Great shot!
theluckyimmigrant
 
theluckyimmigrant May 21, 2017
What a fantastic shot. ????????
mattmorring
 
mattmorring July 03, 2017
I have always loved airplanes since I was a kid. This is one of the best pictures I have seen.
rap77
 
rap77 July 04, 2017
Beautiful photo! Excellent capture and rendering!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt December 03, 2017
fabulous capture ! excellent detail and use of light!
juancarlosamorgonzalez PRO
 
juancarlosamorgonzalez May 16, 2018
hermosa!!!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle August 03, 2018
Congratulations on your amazing photo. Absolute masterpiece
ShotByJEF PRO+
 
ShotByJEF August 06, 2018
Love the prop blur.
nannyD
 
nannyD September 30, 2018
Wow I love this.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the 2015 Abbotsford Airshow in Abbotsford, BC. I've been attending this airshow since I was a kid, and for the past three years I've been invited to participate as part of an annual BC photography competition sponsored by the airshow. There are a lot of great perks to being invited—free admission, free food, a special "photo pit" viewing area—but possibly my favourite is the special access we get to the aircraft "hot side", which is normally out of bounds to attendees. The first day of the airshow ends with fireworks, and just for us photographers, the pilot of this B-25 World War 2 era bomber fired up the engines for us. The combination of classic aircraft, spinning propellers, and fireworks made for a photo combination that would be nearly impossibly to get under any normal circumstances.
Time
The photo was taken between 9:30 and 10 pm.
Lighting
The photo was taken using whatever light was available, which in this case wasn't much. The plane itself was quite dark, and most of the light comes from the fireworks. I set my shutter speed for 10 seconds, which was enough to trace the path of the fireworks in the sky and to gather enough light to somewhat illuminate the plane.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7000 camera with a 18-105mm lens, mounted on a tripod. Since I was shooting fairly low to the ground (and because I have a messed-up back) I also used a Camranger connected to my iPad to help with composition and easier control of the camera.
Inspiration
During my first year of taking part in the photo competition I was unable to make it to the aircraft hot side to take photos during the fireworks. When I saw some of the photos the other photographers were getting, I knew I had to be there next year. The opportunity was just too unique to pass up.
Editing
Basic RAW processing, a little colour enhancement, and some significant lightening up of the shadows.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D7000, 35mm, 50mm, and 18-105mm Nikon lenses, and a 70-300mm Sigma. I also carry a Camranger with me pretty much always, a basic Nikon wireless remote control, and a number of filters (UV, polarizer, ND, and graduated ND).
Feedback
Because this is such a unique combination of access and timing, it's hard to give any advice specific to this photo. However, if aircraft photography is of interest, attending airshows is a must. Also, get to know people in aviation. Hang around airports and flight museums. Getting access to shoot aircraft in unique situations typically requires access the general public doesn't have, so having connections within aviation is critical (and is something I'm still working on).

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