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Fun Photo Friday — Aviation Art Favorites


Empty Seats and Dreams of Flight

Empty Seats and Dreams of Flight

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.

Back in History

Back in History

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.

The Sky Above

The Sky Above

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.

Corsair Cockpit

Corsair Cockpit

 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:

Waco Radial

Waco Radial

And this F4U Corsair of Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and VMA-214 Black Sheep Squadron fame:

Corsair in Blue

Corsair in Blue

In this next shot I used a combination of vignetting and edge blurring to accomplish a similar effect:

Waiting for Flight

Waiting for Flight

In another shot I decided to boost color while adding a bit of whimsy with the title for a cartoon-like effect:

Kruggerand

Kruggerand

In yet another shot the aircraft plays a secondary role to its shadow upon the ramp:

Thunderstreak Shadow

Thunderstreak Shadow

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:”

Office with a View

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:

Tupolev Study in Black & White

Tupolev Study in Black & White

And one final shot for the day.  Initially I went with edge blurring but in comparison the sharpness won out with this particular composition.

Silent Blades

Silent Blades

Have a favorite of any from this week?  I’d love to hear what it is.

 

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Aviation Art — Part 2


P-40 Warhawk in Flying Tiger war paint

P-40 Warhawk in Flying Tiger war paint

You’ll notice that I chose mostly to highlight just certain aspects of the aircraft depicted rather than displaying the entire machine.  Remember my photographic Rule of Implied Recognition?  This rule works very well at piquing interest on a number of levels, but it works particularly well when the intended audience are familiar with the subject.

Tupolev TU-2

Tupolev TU-2

Here the intended audience are employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, and many of them are air traffic controllers who see and work aircraft practically every day of their professional lives.  They don’t want to see stock photos of whole aircraft.  They want something more intrinsically artistic than that, especially since many are avid aviation buffs with an extensive knowledge of aircraft.  For instance, this shot is probably boring to an aviation buff:

F-84F Thunder Streak

F-84F Thunder Streak

Whereas something like this shot leaves them wondering at least a little:

Tupolex TU-2 twin-tail

Tupolex TU-2 twin-tail

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Aviation Art — Part 1


A-7E Corsair II

A-7E Corsair II

We’ll get back to China next week with the start of a six-part series on one of the most photogenic spots during our entire China trip — Tongli, the Venice of the East.  Yes, it really does take six whole installments of photographs to do this town justice.

Tupolev TU-2 Engine

Tupolev TU-2 Engine

Meanwhile, this week we’ll take a look at what I consider “Aviation Art.”  The reason I’m bringing this up is because I recently received a request from the manager of El Paso Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) — Curtis Dowling — to supply him with aviation-related photographs suitable for framing for display in the facility.

F-84F Thunder Streak

F-84F Thunder Streak

So, heeding the call I dug up some of my more interesting shots as well as making a special trip out to the War Eagles Air Museum at the Doña Ana County at Santa Teresa Airport (5T6).

Super Guppy Turboprops

Super Guppy Turboprops

Some of the selected photos were chosen for color, others for interesting content.  Some of these shots you’ll see processed in different ways such as Black & White conversions or the use of special effects to focus or enhance something of particular interest.

Tupolev TU-2 Gun

Tupolev TU-2 Gun

On Friday I’ll present my favorites of the bunch.

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