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Aug 04, 2012 21:41 |  #1

I took my 7D to an air show recently and watched the Thunderbirds perform an incredible show. I took a lot of pictures but in many of them the jets were either too far, not aligned properly, or underexposed from the bright sky.

I'd appreciate some critique, especially the crops (final product must be 8x10) and the processing (are the colors over-done?).


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Aug 04, 2012 22:02 |  #2

These are both stunning! I'm sure someone will find reason to comment, but these are simply outstanding photos as they are. Wow! Very nice. :)


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Aug 04, 2012 22:15 |  #3

#1 I like
#2 not as sharp as #1....and looks over processed


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Aug 04, 2012 22:16 |  #4

The first one looks great. Liking it. Second looks OOF. Nice capture however.


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Aug 04, 2012 22:40 |  #5

mathogre wrote in post #14815396 (external link)
These are both stunning! I'm sure someone will find reason to comment, but these are simply outstanding photos as they are. Wow! Very nice. :)

Thank you! That is nice to hear.

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#1 I like
#2 not as sharp as #1....and looks over processed

#2 was difficult to process. The highlights in the smoke were very bright but the sky was dark. I had the highlights/recovery maxed in Lightroom and tried to bring more out in Photoshop - I guess it didn't work as well as I hoped.
Also, thanks for mentioning it - I forgot the sharpening after the noise removal ;)

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The first one looks great. Liking it. Second looks OOF. Nice capture however.

Hmm...my original looks sharp. I think the OOF might be coming from the jpg conversion?

Does this one look more in focus?


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Aug 05, 2012 11:04 |  #6

Yes better. Def host your shots. The compression slaughters images.


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Aug 05, 2012 11:05 |  #7

Other than the focus on the second shot. Great shots!


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Aug 05, 2012 11:10 as a reply to  @ erikfig's post |  #8

look great id buy either one lol


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Aug 05, 2012 11:16 |  #9

Ok...it is so obvious... I can't believe no one has mentioned it. In the first shot, the far left jet is slightly out of position.... just ruins the shot!

Kidding of course (the jet is slightly behind).... but the shot is just fine..... even good.


Looks like a fun day.


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Aug 05, 2012 11:21 |  #10

Ok super nitting here but I looked at the first one and I (OCD BTW) would have had the tip on the lead jet pointing right into the corner of the shot. Super easy fix. Just a little rotation. Like this. The only reason I say that is because the formation is so perfect..in my opionion it should follow the precise lines of the photo. If that makes sense.


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Aug 05, 2012 12:10 |  #11

Croasdail wrote in post #14817023 (external link)
Ok...it is so obvious... I can't believe no one has mentioned it. In the first shot, the far left jet is slightly out of position.... just ruins the shot!

Kidding of course (the jet is slightly behind).... but the shot is just fine..... even good.


Looks like a fun day.

If it was the Blue Angels, they would be close like this.....just kidding. (Former Navy here)

My brother is USAF and we go back and forth.

Great shots. They are not easy to get.

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Aug 05, 2012 12:11 |  #12

No that makes.... sense and most people will not notice or care


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Aug 05, 2012 14:38 |  #13

RACINGHART03 wrote in post #14817035 (external link)
Ok super nitting here but I looked at the first one and I (OCD BTW) would have had the tip on the lead jet pointing right into the corner of the shot. Super easy fix. Just a little rotation. Like this. The only reason I say that is because the formation is so perfect..in my opionion it should follow the precise lines of the photo. If that makes sense.


Argh! You're not nitpicking, you have no idea how much time I spent trying to perfect the crop. It was a balance between perfectly centering the planes, centering the smoke trails, and the spacing between the 2 side planes and the sides of the image. I like your version, though.




  
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Aug 05, 2012 14:42 |  #14

I wouldn't touch the cropping on either but I might sharpen the jets in #2. Very nice perspective and I really like #2 for the way the smoke trail moves throughout the frame. Not as common as the money shot in #1. It's the same blue sky so in fact both shots should have the same visual density and color for the sky.




  
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Aug 05, 2012 14:53 |  #15

Kingnog wrote in post #14817661 (external link)
Argh! You're not nitpicking, you have no idea how much time I spent trying to perfect the crop. It was a balance between perfectly centering the planes, centering the smoke trails, and the spacing between the 2 side planes and the sides of the image. I like your version, though.

The beauty of the forum is that sometimes someone sees something the OP may have not...and then the OP can decide if anyone will notice or care .... If that makes....Sense. :D Again...great captures!


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