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(Air Art) "At The Merge"

 
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Mar 22, 2012 03:58 |  #1

Something a little experimental and kind of off the hook...

IMAGE: http://crosswindimages.com/img/s9/v13/p485046313.jpg

For those who don't know, "The Merge" is when two fighters come in contact for a close in Dogfight.
I guess I'm trying to convey a sense of tunnel vision and 100% focus on the task at hand with the pilot being the only solid constant.
(I actually had the old Memorex ads in my mind where everything is being blown away but the person listening to the music)

Yes? No? What the hell were you thinking? :lol:

All feedback most welcome...

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Mar 22, 2012 05:56 |  #2

Love it, you conveyed what you wanted. I would expect nothing less from you




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Mar 22, 2012 07:37 as a reply to cdiver2's post |  #3

Jay,
I appreciate the visual which the photo represents, and the post process is really well done.

That being said, I just don't think that the title for it works in this sense. I almost feel like there should be another plane in the shot...

Cheers, Attila


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Mar 22, 2012 08:18 |  #4

I like it ... its something very different and it reminds me of something "matrix" like ... Watchout Neo Beckman .... hahahahaha


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Mar 22, 2012 09:40 |  #5

like it Jay, great effect!


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Mar 22, 2012 10:11 |  #6

I like the feeling of motion, but after the "What the hell were you thinking?" crap I got from the day-for-night trucks, I give you props for posting it here? :D


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Mar 22, 2012 10:17 |  #7

Im gonna go with, What the hell were you thinking??

Cause seriously, thats a great concept and I wanna think it too. thanks for sharing. I like it.


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Mar 22, 2012 14:20 |  #8

What the hell are you thinking? You took a nice image and made it better. Are you insane? :lol:


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Mar 22, 2012 15:36 |  #9

Like it. Maybe the description isnt the greatest (thinking the merge would have two airplanes), but this reminds me of other things where there's complete focus - think a downhill mountain biker that is all over the place, but their head is perfectly still; and Abrams tank going over obstacles, but the barrel is always on target. Same thing here, no matter what the maneuver, speed, turbulence, etc... the driver is completely focused on the mission. IMO, perfectly shown with the F-22. Taking a candid look into USAF operations, the 15 and 16 drivers will ham it up for the photographers. 22 drivers, no such luck - every takeoff, landing, and break is by the book.

Also really like the illustration of the juxtaposition of a harsh outside environment (low temps, high wind speeds) and the relative calm of the cockpit environment. The selective desaturation and otherwise basic coloring is perfectly appropriate

bottom line: really like it


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Mar 22, 2012 15:41 |  #10

cdiver2 wrote in post #14131029external link
Love it, you conveyed what you wanted. I would expect nothing less from you

Wow! Thanks very much! No Pressure Here! :D

WingsofFury wrote in post #14131290external link
Jay,
I appreciate the visual which the photo represents, and the post process is really well done.

That being said, I just don't think that the title for it works in this sense. I almost feel like there should be another plane in the shot...

Cheers, Attila

Thanks for taking the time. I'm beginning to see that the title is causing a little disconnect but that's easy to change!

horse51 wrote in post #14131458external link
I like it ... its something very different and it reminds me of something "matrix" like ... Watchout Neo Beckman .... hahahahaha

"Matrix Like" I like that... Thank You!

TheBigDog wrote in post #14131896external link
like it Jay, great effect!

Thanks for the feedback.

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14132060external link
I like the feeling of motion, but after the "What the hell were you thinking?" crap I got from the day-for-night trucks, I give you props for posting it here? :D

Envelopes, you have to push them, right?! :D

peeaanuut wrote in post #14132083external link
Im gonna go with, What the hell were you thinking??

Cause seriously, thats a great concept and I wanna think it too. thanks for sharing. I like it.

Hey, it was late and I was dragging *ss. Maybe sleep deprivation is my muse!

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What the hell are you thinking? You took a nice image and made it better. Are you insane? :lol:

Probably... Thanks Dan.

rammsteinmatt wrote in post #14134131external link
Like it. Maybe the description isnt the greatest (thinking the merge would have two airplanes), but this reminds me of other things where there's complete focus - think a downhill mountain biker that is all over the place, but their head is perfectly still; and Abrams tank going over obstacles, but the barrel is always on target. Same thing here, no matter what the maneuver, speed, turbulence, etc... the driver is completely focused on the mission. IMO, perfectly shown with the F-22. Taking a candid look into USAF operations, the 15 and 16 drivers will ham it up for the photographers. 22 drivers, no such luck - every takeoff, landing, and break is by the book.

Also really like the illustration of the juxtaposition of a harsh outside environment (low temps, high wind speeds) and the relative calm of the cockpit environment. The selective desaturation and otherwise basic coloring is perfectly appropriate

bottom line: really like it

Stellar Insights! Thanks very, very much!


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Mar 22, 2012 16:52 |  #11

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22 drivers, no such luck - every takeoff, landing, and break is by the book.

Hmmm...I disagree. I can't post the picture to show you, as I wasn't allowed to photograph the Raptors, but the pilots really enjoyed the taxi by us and I must say that I saw some pretty unique hand signs...hehe

Attila


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Mar 22, 2012 18:53 |  #12

For me, the original concept doesn't work on this one (vice versa), but I did think about the Memorex shot as soon as I saw it. :)


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Mar 22, 2012 18:57 |  #13

Your experiment worked, looks really nice.


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Mar 22, 2012 19:06 |  #14

WingsofFury wrote in post #14134581external link
Hmmm...I disagree. I can't post the picture to show you, as I wasn't allowed to photograph the Raptors, but the pilots really enjoyed the taxi by us and I must say that I saw some pretty unique hand signs...hehe

Attila

I guess I was referring to the discipline by which they fly (mandated or otherwise). Suggestive hand gestures typically don't risk an airframe, and I would imagine risk mitigation is where the disciplined flying comes from.

You weren't allowed to photograph a F-22? Was this back in the early 90's or something? The restrictions by the Air Force on Raptors are reasonably minimal considering the technology involved.


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Mar 22, 2012 21:56 |  #15

Jay, I love the shot, and the processing definitely gives the impression of fighter pilot entering the fight with his "hair on fire." Looks like he's sorting and targeting prior to the merge and going the speed of snot. A very minor nit: I might have cloned out his arm resting on the canopy rail (if I knew how) - might seem a little too relaxed for the scenario. At the merge you're usually *ssholes and elbows, with 6+gs on the jet and eyes out the top of the canopy padlocked on the bandit. How do you come up with this stuff? It's just excellent!




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