Bruce Michelotti  

Untitled by Bruce Michelotti

September 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I took this photo at a local air show (pre Covid of course), using my Canon 7D Mark II. I took thousands of shots that day and this is one of the keepers. Shot at 1/320 sec. which was fast enough to freeze the planes in the air and just slow enough to get a bit of blur on the propellers. Aperture was at f/9.0 and ISO at 100. It was developed using Lightroom with cropping, tone and exposure adjustments. Converted to Monochrome in Silver Effects Pro 2 where I also added a bit of grain to give the shot an old time feel.

8 comments posted

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
Composition and crop dead on! Clever to make allowance on aperture to put a blur on the propellers! I would have never thought of that! Since the planes are sort of modern I wonder what this image would look like without the grain?   Posted: 09/06/2020 23:34:55
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Mark. I thought the grain enhanced the photo, but it looked just fine without it also, I see your point about the planes being more modern.   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:28:19

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Very nice image. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 09/11/2020 09:38:01
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Linda.   Posted: 09/15/2020 07:29:16

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I like the photo also. At the Chicago airshow I had a heck of a time getting a good formation and predicting where they were going to go to. I agree with Mark about you getting the right speed and aperture to freeze the planes and still have motion in the propellers. I recall that too was difficult to do. Again, with the speed of the planes, you seem to have done well following the planes. Hard to say about the grain. Very good catch.   Posted: 09/12/2020 11:18:32
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Harley. Getting the motion blur in the props was mostly trial and error. I got a lot of blurred planes before I figured out the secret. I guess the added grain is about 50/50 with the members. It was just an experiment.   Posted: 09/15/2020 07:32:31

John Evans
Bruce, all I can say is brilliant. Funny out of 1000's we are fortunate to discover the one that really stands out and excites us. I love monochrome. Freezing speed is phenomenal. I am drawn by the specifics you have mention. Clearly a classic for sure. Also I used Silver Effect Pro as well and cannot discover a finer B&W or HDR software. Great work.   Posted: 09/18/2020 16:19:02
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comments John. I agree, Silver Effect Pro is top notch for Mono conversion. I use it as a plug in for Lightroom and Photoshop.   Posted: 09/19/2020 18:02:40


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