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Their golden hour...

By paganatheart  
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster Mk.X, FM213 (KB726) (Vera) and Lancaster PA474 (Thumper Mk II) of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The setting sun painted them bronze.

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16 Aug 2014 11:11AM
Very Nice !

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TilG88 11 1 England
16 Aug 2014 11:32AM
Great capture of a unique sight!
TonyDy Plus
10 52 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 11:40AM
Great shot, Les, of the last two in the world!
Tony
paganatheart 8 2 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 11:48AM
Thanks for the comments folks. TonyDy; There is a third Lancaster at East Kirkby but it can only taxi at the moment. There is a hope that one day it will be fit to fly.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 12:34PM
Nice image. I would actually prefer them heading towards the camera than away. I assume you actually shot a lot of frames as they passed?

Paul
paganatheart 8 2 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 8:25PM
Certainly did paulbroad but not many had the benefit of the golden sunlight in this way Smile
dudler Plus
16 972 1534 England
16 Aug 2014 8:31PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Les - though you've been an EPZ member for some time, this seems to be your first visit to the Critique area. I hope you find what you're looking for!

The light is amazing, and the composition is sound.

I'd be tempted to crop, and to adjust levels for a more dramatic sky. And, of course, I'd hope that there were many other shots in your sequence, even though the approach would lack that lovely sun reflecting off the aircraft so wonderfully.

Technically, the settings puzzle me a little. I know that aircraft togs tend to want to keep the shutter speed low enough to show some blur in the props (and you've done that), but you have used a very small aperture, and a slightly raised ISO setting. (And, I have to confess, at 300mm on the zoom, 1/200 is pushing things a lot. Myself, I'd be tempted to cheat, and use a higher shutter speed to make sure that the camera didn't shake, then maybe try a bit of digital faking on the props. 200 ISO, f/8, and upping the shutter speed a tad...)

However, The picture is sharp, so whatever you're doing, it worked this time.

I suspect that the exposure is, strictly, rather on the low side - most of the image is sky, and you'd normally need a bit of plus compensation to avoid the aircraft undersides blocking up - especially when they are painted black for nighttime camouflage! The almost- rimlit effect means this isn't a problem, artistically - it would be under different lighting conditions.

Lovely shot.
paganatheart 8 2 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 8:52PM
Hi Dudler, Thanks. The small aperture was due to my expanding the dof to cover a Spitfire and Hurricane flying in formation with the Lancs. They had peeled off and although on Aperture Priority, I still hadn't opened it! A little cropping has been done. The sky was that dusk, featureless blue-grey so it was a choice of lighter or darker with no detail to bring out from the raw original and the illuminated aircraft side detail was my choice for exposure editing. As you say, it is a compromise with shutter speed to ensure the propeller blur and 1/200 is pushing it at 300mm. The lens has good AV fortunately!
BarbaraR 13 22 1 England
10 Feb 2015 6:14PM
A wonderful sight, so well captured.

B.

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