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B17 Flying Fortress



The B17-G Nine-0-Nine on the ramp at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. I have changed the lighting and the sky to make things a little more dramatic....
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The B17-G Nine-0-Nine on the ramp at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. I have changed the lighting and the sky to make things a little more dramatic.
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RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka June 08, 2017
Well crafted.
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon August 15, 2017
congratulations on your Finalist win in Monthly Pro 33 competition
Mentos6618
 
Mentos6618 August 16, 2017
Brilliant Photo ..
So dramatically apt
stephseesit
 
stephseesit August 28, 2017
The drama in this photo is unreal

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Behind The Lens

Location
The B-17 flying fortress was on the ramp at Tyler Texas as part of the aviation museum activities scheduled by the museum which is situated at Tyler Pounds Field in Tyler Texas.
Time
The time was mid-morning past Golden Hour but not with the sun so high that it was right overhead.
Lighting
This image was "shopped" heavily to get the result you see here. I attempted to change the lighting somewhat with software.
Equipment
The camera was a NIKON D800E on a Manfrotto Tripod. I used 5 bracketed shots separated by 1 stop and then put together in Photomatix HDR software. I used Photoshop to clean up and remove any distracting items in the foreground. To get the mood that I wanted I replaced the sky with storm clouds as that is how I imagine missions over Germany might have been like, flying into a deadly storm which some survived and some did not. The aircraft and the men inside it faced the storm that was WWII.
Inspiration
My Uncle is one of many airmen from a number of countries who were shot down and killed over Germany flying bomber aircraft. I like to produce images that help me and others remember what they did.
Editing
I used 5 bracketed shots separated by 1 stop and then put together in Photomatix HDR software. I used Photoshop to clean up and remove any distracting items in the foreground. To get the mood that I wanted I replaced the sky with storm clouds as that is how I imagine missions over Germany might have been like, flying into a deadly storm which some survived and some did not. The aircraft and the men inside it faced the storm that was WWII.
In my camera bag
Two cameras/backs, SIGMA 150-600mm Sport Lens, NIKKOR 14-24 f/2.8, 28-300mm NIKKOR Lens, NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8, NIKKOR 16mm Fisheye, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8. A variety of Filters including NDs, ND Grads and Polarizer Lenses a Nikon Flash with long cords so the flash can be used off camera. 1 Manfrotto Tripod with a ball head.
Feedback
There are a large number of aviation museums in the USA, many of which are excellent. If aviation is your interest you can visit one of these museums as well as attend airshows. HDR techniques can yield interesting results. Use a tripod with a remote release when at all possible to achieve the sharpest results. Take time to walk around the subject looking for angles and interesting points of view. Don't be above changing out elements of the image (like the sky) to gain a more interesting result.

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