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Hawk of the skies

By RLF    
Hawker Typhoon (THE TIFFY). A big, heavy, rugged fighter-bomber which bore the brunt of the RAF's low level ground attack tasks over Normandy.
Carried 8 50 pound rockets.
The principal destructors of the retreating German army at the Falaise pocket.
A single rocket carried the destructive force of a 6 inch shell from cruiser.
The Germans were terrified of this plane.Tongue

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Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 7:58AM
Is it a model ?

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derrymaine 3 17 Greece
4 Apr 2013 8:13AM
impressive shot
RLF Plus
6 17 4 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 8:54AM

Quote:Is it a model ?

Yes it is.
I'm still a big kidBlush
The propellor stillness is the big give away...I might try and blur this in PSWink
Hoffy Plus
12 262 16 England
4 Apr 2013 9:20AM
I would try and put some movement into the image and then this will work well. PSmile
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 9:59AM
A great image, very well crafted and presented.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
RLF Plus
6 17 4 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 1:25PM
Just added version 2 with a bit of motion blur to the propeller...
Did it work / Were you convinced?Wink
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
4 Apr 2013 2:07PM
I like the concept of this image but if you want to add movement to the propeller first clone out the stationary prop, then add the motion blur rotation. If you think about a spinning prop in movement nothing is visible except the blurred impression of the blades.

In principle I think your almost there.

alistairfarrugia 4 164 88 Malta
4 Apr 2013 3:53PM
Erik's comment is very valid - I suggest you enable modifications on this one as I'm confident there'd be an upload by someone from the critique team to address this. I would also have opted for a slightly less central position, give some space for the plane to fly into.

Finally, consider turning this to a sepia or b/w photo - I think the colours in the background are a bit too saturated and take away attention from the plane here. They also alert us even more that it's a mock-up with a model, not a real shot. If you want to make it look more realistic, this second element (aside of the prop issue) should also be tackled.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
4 Apr 2013 5:20PM
The variations are on the right track, but arent quite there, as the blur is too dark and is showing the three props. I have done a mod you may like I can upload if mods are enabled, go to Options, Edit Photo, Options and click modifications.


banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
4 Apr 2013 6:59PM
Mod uploaded. You can try different amounts of blur, - I used a lot.

The blurred area will be brighter, - thats step 1. So brighten the props. The using the elliptical marquee tool, with the shift key held down, (makes it a circle) draw a circular selection around the props (make a layer copy first). Use the move tool to place the selection exactly over the props, and use the select>modify>expand or contrast commands to size exactly; then blur>radial>circular>best>select the amount and OK. You can use the layer opacity to modify, and a mask to allow some of the plane to show through if its too blurred.



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