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The Last Laugh


The Last Laugh
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-14
Categories: Humorous, Transportation
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-15 12:22
Viewed: 1192
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday the Mrs. and I visited The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. It was “Open Cockpit Day” which meant that we could go to an area at the airport where they stored vintage aircraft that are either restored or are in various stages of being restored.

When I saw this one, I mentioned to my wife that it was laughing at us. She saw it too. The problem with venues like this is to get a shot without any people in it. I waited patiently for my opportunity and got down on the tarmac on my belly for several shots. I’m fairly certain that everyone there thought I had gone mad. I think I had the last laugh!

PP work: Cropped to 8x10 format, applied tone mapping , reduced highlights and increased mid-tones, applied unsharp mask.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-07-15 12:40]

Hi Werner.

Its certainly a beast of a craft, I like the angle used to show some of the dynamitics of the shape of this jet. Backgrounds can be a huge problem with static displays, you got whats given to you, i like the deserter look, adds intrigue for sure. I may have blurred out the BG a little (MHO). The sky was not your friend here but matters little to this subject matter....i like the smile too. tfs

stv ;o))

Yes, it is always a great challenge to get a site open to public without the public, Werner, and you have managed it very well :)

The light and POv are excellent, and the aircraft indeed giving an impression as if it is laughing at.
The colors are original and exposure is nice as well.
Good contrast against the cloudy sky.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice Sunday,
Paras

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-07-15 13:04]

Hi Werner,
I love the POV its worth the effort of getting down on your belly...Excellent focus and nice natural colors. TFS

Best
Vic

Yes Werner, the last laugh was from you (* _ *) and the poor plane could only show what you wanted to show in this beautiful image.
Light, sharpness and fine details all perfect.
R.

It does look like it's laughing. I like your low pov. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

Red Flag Exercise at Nellis AFB starts today, I hope a U-2 spy plane is participating.

Hi Werner..nice shot...I like the perspective and point of view...well done.

Roger

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