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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird-962. Isn't she magnificent? This is in the American hangar at Duxford and very difficult to get a decent shot of as there's so many people wandering around and clutter everywhere. But it's so special I had to do it and try to make something of it. It holds the speed and altitude record for a jet engined aircraft (or so I've read - that might have changed by now but I don't know).

V2's the original shot so you can see it in context.

I'm so pleased you've liked my aircraft pics this week. You always wonder how things are going to go when you try something new so I'm very heartened by your responses. Thank you.

Chris
Smile

Brand:Canon
Lens:18-270mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jul 2012 - 12:24 PM
Focal Length:33mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.2
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Blackbird
Username:SlowSong SlowSong
Uploaded:4 Jul 2012 - 7:34 AM
Tags:Air show, Aircraft, Black & white, Blackbird, Digitally manipulated, Duxford, General, Specialist / abstract, Transport
Votes:58
Variant - Before/AfterVariant - Before and After

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:37 AM

v1 for me today chris fantastic work nice one Wink
andy

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:38 AM

Nice work for V1 but I like the context provided by V2.

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:41 AM

Super work......I love the way you have made the clutter disappear, I had an oil painting of the SR-71 commissioned for my hublet and it now hangs proudly on our lounge wall. A magnificent aircraft.WinkWinkWink

This would look marvellous on any wall..........love it.

franken
franken e2 Member 113030 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:42 AM

Wonderful work on version 1.

Your aircraft series have been fantastic!

Ken

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:43 AM

Fine processing.

Albert

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54173 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 7:44 AM

Wow, thanks Julia!!! I nearly didn't put this up. What a great start to the day.
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
4 Jul 2012 - 7:58 AM

SUPERB shot and presentationSmileSmileSmileSmile
Cor.

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 8:27 AM

Excellent presentation Chris, a world apart from the original. And it works !! congratulations on the U/A too.
Ron.

sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 8:48 AM

Pretty sure it flew over my house when I was a kid. Must have been landing at Filton for an airshow or something.

Steve.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 8:58 AM

Well processed here Chris, the lines of this expensive plane stand out well
Regards Richard

RogBrown
RogBrown  72996 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:07 AM

Was there last Thurs with DaveU & DeSilver. Beautiful plane & you've done a good job of isolating it from the clutterd b/g.

DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:18 AM

Went there last week but my image of this beast is no where as good as this. I shall have to think twice now of putting my image up??


David.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:19 AM

My favourite so far. Lines, curves, light.
Moira

Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:40 AM

V1 well done in isolating her, she's beautiful! One of my favourite planes! Smile

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:42 AM

Utterly correct decision to go with V1, Chris. This is how Blackbird should be seen. Of course, in practice she would have been too fast to see Smile
My understanding of military aircraft concerns the Ancient rather than the Modern, but I have a feeling that the speed/altitude records are still hers.
Bill

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 1:55 PM

You've done it so great, V1 surpasses the original way too far. Wonderful achievement!

Last Modified By nonur at 4 Jul 2012 - 1:55 PM
TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 2:56 PM

A fine looking piece of machinery, but your presentation in V1 really does it justice - an excellent bit of work, Chris Wink
Trev Smile

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 2:58 PM

Superb presentation in V.1, Chris. Carol

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 3:36 PM

Thanks for your vote and comment on my 'Whitby Sunset' upload, Chris Smile In answer to your question, Goathland is pronounced just how it looks, with the accent on the first half of it's name - the 'Goath' bit rhymes with 'oath'! Wink
Trev Smile

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 3:39 PM

Awesome pictures.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 4:03 PM

I do believe they are still in use Chris.
The curvy shapes were for less detection with radar.
Good shots.
Mick.

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 4:59 PM

Wouldn't mind going for a wee burn up in this little critter.......You could be back before you knew you left!!!

V1's manipulation is very good....

Ade

milky
milky e2 Member 10milky vcard Wales
4 Jul 2012 - 5:46 PM

Excellent detail, and a fantastic image-----Gary(milky)

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 6:16 PM

Great work!
Diane

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 6:31 PM

I like your B&W. V1 is very artisitic.. V2, tells me where it is...and the figure with hat made the picture more interesting.. feel like in the real timeGrin

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 6:51 PM

Oh ho ho...thank you so much for these, Chris SmileSmileSmileSmile

V2 for the moment itself...and V1 for doing this beauty such justice.

A Smile
x

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 - 7:42 PM

Love V1, superb work Chris.
Brian

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 8:27 PM

Clever stuff Chris - V1 it is.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54173 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 8:28 PM

Oh Wow Andrew. I've never got 2 UAs for one pic before. Brilliant. xxxxxxxxxxx
Smile

neonknight
4 Jul 2012 - 8:59 PM

V1 really works nice one,John

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 9:57 PM

You have done wonders with this, Chris.

RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 7RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2012 - 11:39 PM

An amazing looking aircraft and well done for getting it without folk in the way. You've done a great job here.

David

posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2012 - 6:51 AM

V1 is stunning....the only compliment that hasn't been used Smile Well done ...

Barry

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2012 - 8:14 PM

V1 shows off the perfect lines of this gem of engineering
By reducing the clutter and making the shape stand out you have produced an outstanding result. Unfortunately too late for my award but it would deserve it.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54173 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2012 - 9:20 PM

Aw, thank you Annette. I'll take it as a virtual UA with thanks. Smile

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
6 Jul 2012 - 3:21 PM

looks like a toy in #1...

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2012 - 4:11 PM

V1, well worked, that's a fine image of this 'little' beast!
Carole

marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 7:47 AM

Very nicely done Chris. Great stuff

cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 8:53 AM

really like what youve done with v1. congrats on the awards.lesley

mlseawell
mlseawell e2 Member 4mlseawell vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 - 9:16 PM

As a "retired" U.S Air Force guy and jet buff I REALLY appreciate this capture. The SR-71 is an incredible bird and your capture is on point!

Mark

TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 7:08 PM

I've love this aircraft since I was a little kid. Awesome shot!
Ty

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