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By patspeirs  

With almost the perfect angle for a deflection shot the Dr1 truly has the French Nieuport in his grasp. The unremitting nature of WW1 air combat was such that this was an everyday occurrence, indeed many times a day, and there was no ‘good end’ for the vanquished. Fragile aircraft, always too ready to burn, and no parachutes meant that the pilots suffered dreadful attrition rates - some three weeks on Squadron was close to the norm - truly Darwinism in stark cold practice.

Tags: Digital art Ww1 Triplane

Voters: teocali, rambler, helenlinda and 15 more

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teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
29 Jul 2011 9:54AM
Stunning work, Pat - this really drives home the info in your narrative. Truly brilliant.

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2011 10:04AM
Very dramatic composition for a very stark description Smile
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
29 Jul 2011 10:37AM
Stunning stuff Pat.
Drama at its best and in my opinion, one of your best.
The dynamics of the triplane completely filling the frame and on a diagonal draws us into the combat as if we were there.
And it's technically excellent as well. You've placed the two aircraft in exactly the correct position and aspect to one another (I think) for the Fokker pilot to make his shot.

GManShorty 5 2 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2011 3:57PM
Love this!
As Bren said above, the position of the soon-to-be-vanquished aircraft is perfect. The foreground Fokker's orientation more than implies that this is a highly dynamic, fast moving scene. A fiery end is just seconds away.
Brilliant work!
How on earth did you get this? I'd love to hear your story behind getting this shot.

***I was wondering if it could be made more dramatic with the addition of other planes in the distance, dog fighting, and maybe a command airship, with defeated aircraft plummeting?*** Sorry, I got carried away in a moment there.
29 Jul 2011 4:17PM
Re comments above...........the Dr1 is as shot by Duncan (400mm prime, ISO200, 1/320, f11, MkIV 1D) at Duxford. The Nieuport is from four years ago, again at Duxford - composite work Tuesday last!! The angle of the Dr1 pilots head really makes the shot and was instrumental in the design of the composite, add a dark grey sky to point up the colours in the a/c and you are there. Thanks for the input.

Pat...................must look out for an airship!!!
29 Jul 2011 4:18PM
Thanks Bren - most appreciated. The old much loved and intriguing Bf109 is being sold on by the Russell group.... wonder what guise it will appear in next.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
29 Jul 2011 5:33PM

Quote:The old much loved and intriguing Bf109 is being sold on by the Russell group.... wonder what guise it will appear in next.

Thanks Pat.
I/we shall have to keep an ear to the ground!
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2011 7:34PM
Very effective composite. Was Duncan on the mound at the western end of the airfield?

UBOAT 9 41 Scotland
29 Jul 2011 8:10PM
One of your best comp grampa. Great detail and so far your close up shots look great.

29 Jul 2011 9:41PM
Thanks Nigel - yes re the mound. My buggy won't get up there!!

horley 9 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 2:41PM
great composition as always.terry
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:25PM
Great image Pat.


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