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By cymru2019
This shot was taken at the RAF show at Waddington Air Base in 2014. On a day where the weather was very poor it was good to be able to seek out other photo opportunities. Having said that it was not until my friend said " Look behind you ". I am glad he did. With airshows there will always be background distractions to contend with. But this image just gave an insight into the work that the service crews in the RAF do to keep the aircraft in top notch for the aircrews to fly. Obviously the aircraft was being towed but I had my large lens on and just had to take what shot I could. Personally I like everything about the shot, but photography is about learning so if anyone wants to offer advice please do. David

Tags: General Military Aircraft Maintenance Airshow

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4 Jun 2019 5:14PM
Thanks Newbe2. David P.S. I have just seen the spelling mistake in the Title! Whoops!
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2019 6:51PM
I think you did well under the circumstances, David, and although the image could benefit from a bit more space all around, you have the important elements inside your frame, haven't cut off any feet, have all four people in action, and even have two faces in view.

The colours are eye-catching, the background is nicely blurred, and there are very few background distractions.

I like the shot, too, and the fact that there is a story within it.


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2019 7:38PM
More EXIF in this section helps others understand.

I like this. A bit unusual and quite amusing - obviously a need to push start! I often think getting in close with a long lens can do a lot for image impact.

Nice one.

4 Jun 2019 8:03PM
Thanks Pam for your insights. Paul - I am still getting to grips with EPZ. The image was shot with a Canon 50D and Sigma 120-400mm.
The EXIF was f8, 1/1600 second at ISO 640. Focal length 400mm which is de-facto 640mm. David
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
4 Jun 2019 8:30PM
Getting in close is good, it's bold, though Pamela makes a good point about 'breathing space' around the main subject so it's less claustrophobic looking (to some). With extra room it gives some cropping options depending on use.

Just some things to bear in mind though I appreciate you have to take the opportunity to get the image when you can and you may only have that one chance.

But you captured the moment, it's well exposed and sharp so I'd say job done.

4 Jun 2019 8:51PM
Thanks kindly for your comments Keith!
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
4 Jun 2019 10:59PM
The site wil ltake the EXIF from the picture you upload, providing that you don't use 'save for web', or upload from another site. Just use 'save as' when you edit.

It's really easy, when you're using a zoom lens, to just use the extremes of focal length. Here, as Pamela says, pulling back to a slightly wider view (to include all of the canopy, and the fuselage roundel) would have made the picture more relaxed and relaxing.

You can edit the title using the little blue cog just below your picture on the right.
5 Jun 2019 8:38AM
Thanks John.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2019 10:02AM
Looking again, I might darken overall a touch, but I would not zoom out. That would reduce impact and include more background distraction and sky - the latter being a killer. Fill the frame!

5 Jun 2019 11:36AM
Hello There Paul, Thanks for your comments. It is amazing that images evoke differing responses. My aim in photography is to create impact if I can do so. I have to accept that I need to improve my technical skills. Best Regards, David
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
6 Jun 2019 11:16AM
The main message is that there are different ways of seeing and if you have the time to think and take alternative shots then do so.
6 Jun 2019 11:24AM
Keith, you make a valid point! David

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