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The man at the back!

By paulbroad  
Another rear gunner shot from Elvington. This was a different display where I could get right up to the turret and the dummy had helmet, O2 mask and goggles making him look more realistic, I think.

This was shot using the focus stacking feature on the XT-3 and is a composite of 20 frames. Focus first on the rounds at the screen front. Then used Helicon 7 to combine and finally CS3 to finish off. Seems to work.


Tags: Tripod Focus Light Specialist and abstract Rear Turret Lancaster Dummy Stack Gunner

Voters: mike9005, royd63uk, dudler and 13 more

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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1974 England
25 Oct 2019 9:56AM
I can envisage a shot workign with focus on the belts of ammunition: and a wide aperture.

Very possibly not to your own taste, but it would put the emphasis firmly on the guns (even though they're not really visible...)

I think it's reasonable to confront the viewer with just a taste of the horror of it all, along with the courage of the people involved.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2019 10:36AM
I've got some like that, John. When in a position like this, I like to try all sorts. I was there a good half hour as it looked quite good.

A colleague of mine's father was a rear gunner and flew through the war on Hampdens, Wellingtons and then Lancasters. He lived to tell the tale. A VERY lucky man. Was only injured once, when he baled out and badly cut his feet on fresh cut corn stubble.

25 Oct 2019 4:44PM
It's a wonder those things never got jammed or maybe they did, must have been very frightening. Shame to see the steelworks being pulled down mate.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2019 5:17PM
Hello Tosh

Nice to hear from you. Dawes lane has mostly gone now. I have shots and video of some of the last pushes.

Much of the works are still operating. Hope it keeps going. Youngest son is on the BOS plant


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