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With almost the perfect angle for a deflection shot the Dr1 truly has the French Nieuport in his grasp. The unremitting nature of WW1 air combat was such that this was an everyday occurrence, indeed many times a day, and there was no ‘good end’ for the vanquished. Fragile aircraft, always too ready to burn, and no parachutes meant that the pilots suffered dreadful attrition rates - some three weeks on Squadron was close to the norm - truly Darwinism in stark cold practice.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:50.0-500.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jan 2005 - 3:00 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:'Gotcha'
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:29 Jul 2011 - 9:41 AM
Tags:Digital art, Triplane, Ww1
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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2011 - 9:54 AM

Stunning work, Pat - this really drives home the info in your narrative. Truly brilliant.
Sylvia

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2011 - 10:04 AM

Very dramatic composition for a very stark description Smile
Helen

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Jestertheclown
29 Jul 2011 - 10:37 AM

Stunning stuff Pat.
Drama at its best and in my opinion, one of your best.
The dynamics of the triplane completely filling the frame and on a diagonal draws us into the combat as if we were there.
And it's technically excellent as well. You've placed the two aircraft in exactly the correct position and aspect to one another (I think) for the Fokker pilot to make his shot.
Brilliant.

Bren.

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GManShorty
29 Jul 2011 - 3:57 PM

Love this!
As Bren said above, the position of the soon-to-be-vanquished aircraft is perfect. The foreground Fokker's orientation more than implies that this is a highly dynamic, fast moving scene. A fiery end is just seconds away.
Brilliant work!
How on earth did you get this? I'd love to hear your story behind getting this shot.

***I was wondering if it could be made more dramatic with the addition of other planes in the distance, dog fighting, and maybe a command airship, with defeated aircraft plummeting?*** Sorry, I got carried away in a moment there.

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
29 Jul 2011 - 4:17 PM

Re comments above...........the Dr1 is as shot by Duncan (400mm prime, ISO200, 1/320, f11, MkIV 1D) at Duxford. The Nieuport is from four years ago, again at Duxford - composite work Tuesday last!! The angle of the Dr1 pilots head really makes the shot and was instrumental in the design of the composite, add a dark grey sky to point up the colours in the a/c and you are there. Thanks for the input.

Pat...................must look out for an airship!!!

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
29 Jul 2011 - 4:18 PM

Thanks Bren - most appreciated. The old much loved and intriguing Bf109 is being sold on by the Russell group.... wonder what guise it will appear in next.

Pat

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Jestertheclown
29 Jul 2011 - 5:33 PM


Quote: The old much loved and intriguing Bf109 is being sold on by the Russell group.... wonder what guise it will appear in next.

Thanks Pat.
I/we shall have to keep an ear to the ground!

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 29 Jul 2011 - 5:34 PM

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2011 - 7:34 PM

Very effective composite. Was Duncan on the mound at the western end of the airfield?

Nigel

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UBOAT
UBOAT  741 forum posts Scotland
29 Jul 2011 - 8:10 PM

One of your best comp grampa. Great detail and so far your close up shots look great.

connor

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
29 Jul 2011 - 9:41 PM

Thanks Nigel - yes re the mound. My buggy won't get up there!!

Pat

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horley
horley  7 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 - 2:41 PM

great composition as always.terry

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viscostatic
14 Sep 2011 - 5:25 PM

Great image Pat.

Phil.

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