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Jan 27, 2011 17:00 |  #1

After a miserable, gloomy, snowy day we were finally able to test fly our 1931 Stearman Sr. Speedmail after hanging a new engine on it. It was really flat and gray out so I debated whether or not to grab my camera but by the time he landed there was this sunset peaking out so I was glad that I had. With the snow and everything this shot really makes me think of these airplanes flying the mail in the 1920's and 1930's, every day, no matter what the weather.

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As always, I'd love some feedback on this. When I was processing it I wasn't sure if I should take the airplane darker for more of a silhouette or lighter for a better exposure. Let me know if you think I should have gone more one way on this. Thanks!

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Jan 27, 2011 17:23 |  #2

Great shot! I think brightening of the plane would be the way to go. If the plane hadn't yet touched down and was still in front of the sunset, that would be a good candidate for a silhouette.


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Jan 27, 2011 17:48 as a reply to  @ SkyBaby's post |  #3

Nice shot.




  
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Jan 27, 2011 18:56 |  #4

FWIW, i like it just as it is


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Jan 27, 2011 20:05 |  #5

Aerophile wrote in post #11727709 (external link)
FWIW, i like it just as it is

+1! Very Nice Ryan...


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Jan 27, 2011 21:09 |  #6

Pretty shot!

...no matter what the weather.

...in open cockpits! It makes me shrivel up just thinking about it. :D

I can see some detail in the wings. Maybe bring out the cylinders a tiny bit if you make a big print?


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Jan 28, 2011 09:17 |  #7

Thanks guys! I was pretty happy with how it came out considering I wasn't expecting to get anything.

PhotosGuy wrote in post #11728492 (external link)
Maybe bring out the cylinders a tiny bit if you make a big print?

There is some engine detail in the RAW so I could definitely bring it out. Good thinking.


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Jan 28, 2011 09:49 as a reply to  @ ryanapem's post |  #8

This would make a great poster.


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Jan 28, 2011 17:13 |  #9

Thanks for the input guys. Here is a version with a bit more editing - I lightened up the airplane, bumped up the sky a little, and then removed the sign and power-poles from the background. I think it helped a lot but let me know what you think! Thanks again!

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Jan 28, 2011 18:34 |  #10

For me the before sky with the rest as in the second edit would be my choice. I just like the way the original sky has those gentle pale pastel pinks/oranges.

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Jan 28, 2011 22:18 |  #11

I like the the new .. Definitely a poster and well done !


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Jan 29, 2011 01:31 |  #12

+1 for the Edit... Stunning!!


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Jan 29, 2011 01:39 |  #13

I like the "new" also, nice job.




  
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Jan 29, 2011 03:21 |  #14

looks great :)


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Jan 29, 2011 09:43 |  #15

"New" for me, too. Is that a halo around the tree at the far right?

I just like the way the original sky has those gentle pale pastel pinks/oranges.

They are pretty, but keep in mind that our eyes are drawn to the brighter parts of the shot. And those bright areas tend to make the darker subject look even darker. Take a look at POST #30 near the bottom: The gray bar at the center is the same density all the way across.
https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=2415343&po​stcount=30


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