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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:10 pm 
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Hi folks,

I made the trip down to Kemble on Sunday with the sole purpose of catching the Red Arrows. Well worth the trip and my enjoyment was also heightened by having a good laugh at all the photographers outside the airfield with huge white lenses who were, apparently, too mean to fork out £20 to support the event and get closer to the action.

Anyway, the old 5D2 worked its magic and I got plenty of shots which I won't bore you with. But serendipity is a wonderful thing and my favourite from the day is actually a shot processed to emphasise the mean mood of the weather. No graduated filters used but I did make liberal use of exposure compensation and curves during PP. Hope you enjoy.
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The Red Arrows couldn't do their full vertical display for obvious reasons but their "Rolling" display was still awesome, especially given the unseasonal wind and the lumpy flying weather. If you fancy a good day out then check out their schedule. Heck, if you've got a big enough lens you don't even have to pay to watch 'em. :P

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:13 am 
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nice work Bob, I really like it. The lighter clouds below and the darker above set the planes and the vapour trails off nicely.

Not sure about the blue border though.

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Hi maxjj,

You are right about the border. I used it for the wedding shots I did for one of the Red Arrows pilots last year where it worked well but it doesn't work well in this image.

But examining the image above more closely I've also made a very unpleasant discovery and realised that Firefox 4 is mangling the colours horribly. Great blocks of purple with no graduation which don't look nearly so intrusive when the image is opened in IrfanView or PhotoShop or, I hate to admit, in Internet Explorer. Aargh! :evil:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:13 pm 
love the cloud composition,love the contrast of the Arrows on the sky. great photo!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:11 pm 
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As per the other comments, I like the contrast in the picture.
I get too carried away with "blue sky" mentality for my aviation pictures, so it's always good to see something different.
I remember as a kid, my mum and dad taking me to RAF Kemble as it was then, to watch them practice - I am how old......! :shock:

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Terrific shot Bob :D.

Care to explain how you work with the curves ? I've been told that a 'S' curve often helps a lot but I don't think I really get how these curves work...:oops:.

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Hi Joris,

Yes, it was an "S" curve I used. Because I wanted to emphasise the sky I dragged the curve down near the bottom left and I also dragged a second point near the top right upwards. Actually it was a bit more complicated than that because I didn't want to change the curve right at the bottom left but you can massage the curve by creating extra points to drag around. The big trick is to be gentle and aim for smooth curves without a rapid change of direction as it's very easy to create unwanted artefacts. The best advice I can offer is to play around, preferably working from a file derived from a RAW shot.

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Cheers for the explanation, Bob :)! Off to have a look what I can do in Aperture 3...

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Excellent shot!

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