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Typhoon Sunset

By ghibby  
Another in a series of aircraft images. Again this was taken at the end of the day about an hour before sunset. The sun was very strong and we were covered by a cloudless sky.

I was attracted by the high contrast of the scene, such deep shadows and the warmth to the reflected light on the air craft fuselage.

I metered for the tonal range about 80% into full highlight with the intention of blowing the specula highlights but keeping detail in the upper tonal range and throwing the shadows into near complete darkness. I use a warm white balance of 6200k to replicate the golden hue of the sunlight.

1/640s at F10

Tags: General Plane Transport Aircraft Fighter Specialist and abstract Raf Typhoon Eurofighter Air show Air tattoo Warplane

Voters: conrad, DolphinLady, clayton and 18 more



20 Jul 2006 1:10PM
I like the way you have captured the warmth on the side of the air craft
DolphinLady 17 54 1 Wales
20 Jul 2006 2:21PM
I love the light on the plane..beautiful.
Don't like the dark at the bottom of pic, I scrolled it up & down & thought it looked better without it, there was more emphasis on the plane.
Only my poor opinion though.
20 Jul 2006 2:23PM
Gorgeous capture! It really brings out the lines on the jet.
JouŠo 19 56 Finland
20 Jul 2006 2:33PM
Stunning light in this, Ben...

I don´t know what I ´ve done to my TFT yesterday evening after about 30th calibration, but this really looks fine...I can see all the tiny details in this...

Thanks for the pm...First I have to translate it in Finnish...LOL...

I´ll give you feedback later...


phillips 17 69 2 Scotland
20 Jul 2006 9:25PM
I think the picture is all around the canopy and the cannard shadow...like to see this with a severe crop

geoffwd 17 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2006 9:54PM
Love the lighting
RichardRH 17 29 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2006 8:05AM
Beautiful lighting. Well spotted.
KathyW 19 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
21 Jul 2006 1:30PM
Great light, good angle.
GillyB 18 317 8 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2006 8:37AM
I love the lighting too!
billbris 18 3
25 Jul 2006 12:05AM
Excellent technique to achieve this attractive result.

Bravdo 15 17 2 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2008 11:14PM
Great Work and deserving of more great comments.Good timing and well captured...
19 Aug 2009 7:43PM
Just picked this shot up by looking through the Fairford search.

Stunning capture of the Typhoon with the sunset sky lighting it up beautifully ! This shot should have had many more votes IMO.


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