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Gloster Meteor

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Gloster Meteor

19 May 2020 5:48PM   Views : 219 Unique : 158

My monochrome image of this aircraft, taken nearly 30 years ago, started as a colour original which, while it was a fair record, wasn't eyecatching so I felt it needed something extra.

I often try mono versions of colour images, some work and some don't. This shot of a Gloster Meteor was almost devoid of colour, taken on a grey day of a subject painted in, esentially, a lot of grey. Not attention grabbing. The aircraft was a product of World War II and continued into the start of the Cold War. Black and white fitted the era and mood. I wanted to get this into the image. A straightforward 'record' shot wasn't going to convey the uncertainties of the time thrown up by the Iron Curtain.

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I thought it better to describe my ideas and processing steps here rather than have a large description with the image. It's something I intend to do more of where appropriate.

The image is cropped down a little from the original frame just to aid composition. The next stage was to take it into Nik SiverEfex. I tried a few of the preset effects to find one I liked close to what I envisaged. Someties, one of those presets provides a result that I han't considered and is worth further exploration.


There were several promising effects but I settled on Full Contrast and Structure as a starting point. The original, on Kodachrome 200, did have grain which was noticeable but not intrusive.

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This Nik setting rather enhanced the grain and tonal gradation in the sky so that it really stood out. I adjusted the Contrast and Structure settings, then used a Control Point adjustment to lighten the darker tones on the aircraft. Finally I added a small vignette for mood and to concentrate attention on the subject.

All text and images Keith Rowley 2020

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