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Airshow Osprey by Darcy Johnson

August 2020 - Airshow Osprey

About the Image(s)

The Osprey is a multi-engine, dual piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical take-off and landing, tilt rotor aircraft. It has the combined functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long range high speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. When it was introduced in 2007, it could carry troops 2x as fast and 5x further than previous helicopters.

Not my usual but I came across this image in my archives and liked the airmen peering out of the aircraft. As the title suggests, this photograph was taken at a local airshow. Conditions were horrible. It was taken just before noon with a very flat sky. As I recall, it was stinking hot, windy and as you might expect, there were loads of onlookers. Two Ospreys had flown in, passed in front of the crowd, and were landing. In Lightroom, I converted the photo to B&W, cropped, sharpened, and added a vignette. Settings: ISO 400, 200mm, f/8.0, 1/2000

10 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Nice capture and the conversion to B&W works for me, great detail in the aircraft everything sharp. For me the soldiers in the rear compartment does not stand out, perhaps the cabin could be worked to bring him out a bit more. I also suggest a slower shutter speed and a slight blurring of the propellers would make the image a bit more realistic. I'm jealous I would love to see these in action.   Posted: 08/03/2020 05:24:23
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Tom - As I recall, because conditions weren't optimal, I focused on practicing panning and stop action skills. I agree though that just a little propeller action would have made a big difference. Arun agreed with you regarding cabin detail - see below. His efforts with contrast brought out some of the detail.   Posted: 08/04/2020 00:23:07

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Even in the very unfavorable conditions you have captured quite a sharp image with fine details. With the lack of a sense of motion in the image it does feel like as if the plane is just hung up in the air. As Tom says a slightly slower shutter would have created blur in the props.
Also I feel the image is a bit on an overall gray side. I did a quick adjustment for contrast. See if you like it.
Thanks for including details of the plane in your text.   Posted: 08/03/2020 12:01:37
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Arun - See my response to Tom above. I agree that the image is a bit grey and your adjustments with contrast help resolve that concern. It is such an easy fix too. Guess I should have played in post processing a bit more! Thanks -   Posted: 08/04/2020 00:33:07

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
I like the subject and the story of this image. As previously stated, I think the adjustment Arun made helped improve the image.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 08/05/2020 19:27:12
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Greg - I appreciate your response.   Posted: 08/05/2020 22:03:56

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
So sharp, like static.   Posted: 08/06/2020 13:04:42
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Xiao!   Posted: 08/06/2020 21:14:16

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
(Groups 18 & 40)
Hope you don't mind me (Group 40) butting in. Really neat picture, just a pity the light was so bad. My only comment is that unfortunately you have clipped the left hand of side and the plane is missing a bit of the rotor there. This really spoils it for me. I had a similar picture (Jan 2020) and expanded the canvas and effectively added a bit of sky. These aero pictures are really hard.   Posted: 08/10/2020 12:59:43
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks for commenting Andrew. Had the image been better to start with I might have spent more time in post-processing. I appreciate the insights and observations to let me know your thoughts on how to make this a better photograph.   Posted: 08/10/2020 22:58:58


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