Next week is a return to China with Tongli, Venice of the East. Today however we conclude our look at aviation art with my picks of the litter.
Once again you’ll notice that I’m making extensive use of my Rule of Implied Recognition. However there are exceptions. If you can make use of color while at the same time providing context to the entire aircraft then, by all means, compose away. Just remember to make use of the Rule of Thirds and keep your subject out of the center while making use of negative space.
Vintage and Black & White seem to go hand-in-hand whether the subject is antique cars or obsolete aircraft. If color distracts, take it out. Just remember to filter for interest. In Black & White Photography — It’s All in the Color! and Black & White Filtering After the Picture is Taken I tried to convey how important it is to filter for color before converting to black and white. For instance, the image below is filtered for red to darken the blue of the sky, thus enhancing the white of the clouds.
I also chose to impart a dreamlike sense with some photographs while maintaining color. Take for instance this 1938 Waco ZGC-8, one of only four ever built:
In this next shot I used a combination of vignetting and edge blurring to accomplish a similar effect:
In another shot I decided to boost color while adding a bit of whimsy with the title for a cartoon-like effect:
In yet another shot the aircraft plays a secondary role to its shadow upon the ramp:
Then there’s that incredible Tupolev TU-2 on the ramp at the War Eagles Air Museum. There are just so many interesting details on this old warbird. Here I present “Office with a View:”
This view of the TU-2 just isn’t the same in color, once again filtered for red to darken the sky and highlight the clouds:
And one final shot for the day. Initially I went with edge blurring but in comparison the sharpness won out with this particular composition.
Have a favorite of any from this week? I’d love to hear what it is.