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Voodoo in flight

By shooter
This old jet sits forlorn on a diplay stand outside out local airport. I wanted it to look as exciting as it must have 40 years ago.

Tags: Digitally manipulated

Voters: User_Removed, ewanrayment, Mal_BTCC and 3 more

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pablo perez 18 67
25 Dec 2002 6:59AM
the colour code is absolutely amazing,and the whole sensation of movement is perfectly achieved.
shooter 19 105 Canada
25 Dec 2002 7:42AM
Thanks, Pablo! I had a lot of fun using grdually blurred alpha channels, then applying blurs within them, so that parts close to you show more motion than parts far away, as if you were very close with a wide angle lens. But this plane has not moved in many years.
Big Bri 20 16.7k United Kingdom
25 Dec 2002 5:16PM
Alan, looks like you have the colours of the flames from the afterburner exactly right.
Excellent picture !
Paddy 18 254 8 England
26 Dec 2002 2:04AM
this is very fine work....well done
Toymaker 18 587 1
27 Dec 2002 2:56AM
Excellant photograph Alan and well worked. It actually looks very realistic and how nice that you've given it back its dignity. Thank you Smile Now where's that picture I had of the EE Lightning?
User_Removed 19 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2002 1:05AM
Toymaker, did I hear you say 'Photograph'?????
lucybear 18 173
30 Dec 2002 8:44AM
Great shot - its got lots of power.
Toymaker 18 587 1
30 Dec 2002 8:48AM
Don't go there Laurel, just don't go there!
Suresh Khaire 19 50 1 India
30 Dec 2002 9:50AM
Alan, this really marvelous picture you have captured. Greeeeeeeeaaaaaaat one.
30 Dec 2002 1:55PM
woooooooooshh!!!!!!!!!!! great shot - great sense of speed!
shooter 19 105 Canada
30 Dec 2002 5:00PM
Wow, thanks for all the great comments, folks!
Although it did take a while, you might (Laurel?) be surprised how "straight" it is. The first step was to exagerate the perspective (which I could have done with a closer position and wider lens, if I'd had one, or by tilting the easel beneath an enlarger). The second was in contrast, which could also have been done by choice of film/paper, etc. Finally the blur (Cokin speed filter, or dodge and move the easel together) and flame (remember the REAL airbrushes that were used only a few short years ago? I used the electric one, Photoshop - it just clogs its nozzle less often. Smile
JWL 18
30 Dec 2002 9:34PM
Amazing composition.
shooter 19 105 Canada
30 Dec 2002 10:02PM
Thanks! If you'd like to see it at a better resolution, I've just put it at:
2 Jan 2003 12:43PM
The overall impact of the picture is great, the adjusted perspective works very well and gives a sense of dynamism. The flame looks good when it's coming out of the nozzle, though at the tail end the 'lumpy' bits look like brushmarks. I'm not sure if the selective blur works for me - The tail looks animated, but the front looks static. I would expect the whole aircraft to be blurred, or perhaps a graduated blur all the way from the tail to the nose.

Nevertheless a great use of digital imaging to get a retired old plane back into the sky again
Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
3 Jan 2003 9:39AM
Following on from Aidan's point (welcome to the forums Aidan), The aircraft does have a moving/not moving problem. If you blur the whole aircraft it probably will not look as dynamic. It may be worth trying an experiment by adding motion blur (not too much) to the clouds in the direction the aircraft is travelling to see what that does. I think that may be the answer.
Ham 18 1
3 Jan 2003 4:00PM
How far away do you think you were? Where were you when you took this photo? Just as everbody else said, you should be so proud.
railton 19 304
3 Jan 2003 4:42PM
I sure hope you've got this at a large res Alan they [ airport ] may just be interested in a print, worth persuing I think judging by the reaction here. John.
concrete 18 2
4 Jan 2003 4:54AM
Nice composition. Great sense of balance and speed. Excellent color and contrast choices. In short NICE WORK.
railton 19 304
4 Jan 2003 12:31PM
Alan. Had a look at the blow-up, works well. John.
shooter 19 105 Canada
5 Jan 2003 5:25AM
Hmmm...been thinking about Aidan's and Pete's interesting ideas.
Imagine you have a wide lens on. Someone is gliding past you on an escalator, just a bit further than arm's length away. Their arms ("wings") are outstretched, missing your nose by only an inch, whilst their head is nearly 3 feet away, and their opposite arm near six feet away. The fingers near you will be very blurred (large angular motion) while the body much less so, and the farthest arm not at all. That's the effect I was after, which is quite different than what happens when you shoot from a distance, filling the frame by using a narrower lens. In that case, all parts of the moving subject are almost equally blurred, as they're nearly equidistant from the photographer/viewer. Sports photos of skiing and cycle racing often show this, while aircraft rarely do, only because very near access isn't normally possible or safe. I think my picture shows what it would look like if you could get that close to a moving aircraft. Pete's idea sounds like what a panned shot would produce, with the back blurred rather than the subject, yet another entirely possible effect. There are so many possibilities! Railton, thanks for your support - I've done a bit of (unmanipulated) work for the regional airport authority, I just love aircraft.

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