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By salopian
A formation of Russian made Yak aircraft entering a formation loop at Cosford air show (UK). A reminder of sunnier days!
Should I have got more space at the top for them to fly into? I didn't want to lose the smoke trails, so I had to compromise.

Nikon D40. f8 @ 400th. A priority. ISO 200. f. length 200mm

Tags: Loop Cosford Yak Sports and action

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Peterpools 10 2 2 United States
7 Jan 2012 6:22PM
Enjoyed the Yak formation image. Totally agree that more room at the top would have yielded a bit of motion and direction to the aircraft.
freck 12 19 England
7 Jan 2012 7:10PM
Why not extend the background in Photoshop to give more room at the top?
As you have a nice plain blue sky it should be a breeze and you won't lose the smoke trails. Here's a link to the technique if you need it Wink
Great shot BTW Smile

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
7 Jan 2012 7:32PM
Its a very good shot overall. The highlights can do with toning down a little, but thats a minor point. The composition can be left as is, or you can add the canvas. When adding thew canvas at the top, to maintain aspect ratio, you will also need to add canvas on the left, which Ive done in the mod. The overall effect this has is that it makes the planes smaller, as theres more sky, so there is a trade off. The reason you would want to maintain aspect ration is for printing, - you need usually to crop for a standard paper size, but you can have non standard printing done if you look for it.

Adding canvas can be done quite quickly by using the crop tool in PS. Use the tool to capture the whole image, and then you can drag out the corners or sides to make the canvas bigger. If you have the crop tool set to a preset, say 8 X 10, the finished image will be 8 X 10 including the added canvas. The extras space will be filled in by the normal background colour, white, so if you make this the same colour as the sky, that will be the fill in colour. To do this, click on the white background boz, then click on the sky colour, then OK.

Hope this is helpful,


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2012 7:13PM
I have to be different. I would add nothing - the smoke trails are critical and space in front would leave a large blank area. This is a well composed and balanced diagonal composition as far as I'm concerned.

You are, however, about a stop over exposed hence the brightness of the highlights. On auto, I would have expected under exposure but not so. Did you have so over ride on? I usually use a hand meter reading and manual if I have time - But you can use the camera as a hand meter then set manual. Meter from an aircraft on the ground on which THE SAME light is falling.

salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2012 11:00AM
Many thanks for the comments and advice. I was interested to find that more sky could be added ( - never too old to learn! ) and will be using that technique again, as I have a few more pics of this formation's display.
I shall follow your advice re exposure Paul, as I hope to get to Cosford again this year. I was using aperture priority mode with no exp compensation and pattern metering.
Thanks again


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