Photo a Day Challenge

Shiny

The fighter plane in the foreground is a Lockheed P-38 Lightning painted in the markings of WWII Ace pilot Major Richard Bong.  The medium-class bomber in the background is a B-25 Mitchell, named after General William “Billy” Mitchell, one of the earliest advocates of American airpower.

7 responses

  1. very shiny! Such a cool museum. Thanks for sharing with us.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

  2. Tammy

    I like how the camera angle is pointing down…it almost looks like a toy! 🙂

    January 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  3. Tony

    I like the well done picture! Gives a good idea of how the museum is.

    January 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  4. I am inspired by all your museum pics to go off and visit the local RAAF museum nearby.
    I’m worried about getting around the lighting they use in those large hangars – any hints.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    • We try to determine the location of the main light source for the subject, see the highlights and shadows, and then move our location to take best advantage of that source. We adjust for composition and meter something equivalent to a light gray, determine how much depth of field we want, set the aperture and set the ISO until we get a speed we can hand hold. We use Nikon zoom lenses with stabilization and can hand hold 1/30, sometimes 1/15. Common ISOs have been 1250 – 2000. If we need to adjust exposure or want more shadow and/or highlight detail, we deal with that in Photoshop. Best advice: Take lots of photos and experiment.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

  5. Kim2900

    That is some expensive bling there!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  6. Great shot, beautiful shiny airplanes.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

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