Jerry Biddlecom  

Raptor by Jerry Biddlecom

May 2023 - Raptor

May 2023 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

This was another 'rescue' image “ taken at a recent air show in south Florida, the weather was for the most part overcast and I was shooting toward the light source. I opened into PS5 and Camera Raw and started playing around with the various settings sliders. My approach is to not follow a particular method other than to improvise as I go along, which means going back and forth and adjusting as if I was doing a painting. I can't give you setting numbers, but I can say that I was working with exposure, fill light, recovery, brightness, contrast, clarity, vibrance and saturation. I opened into the editor and cropped so as to build out the bottom, then sent the image into On1 special effects and used the enhanced contrast slider.

5 comments posted

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Very, very nice Jerry. I really like how you have brought out the subtle coloring and all of the markings on the plane. When I look closely at your original, I wonder if that white blurry area on the wings is really thin clouds that he is flying through? Nice rescue!   Posted: 05/02/2023 10:10:39

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
My, my Jerry, your Raptor is so sharp that it appears to be a cut-out. Yes Peggy, I am pretty sure those are clouds. Jerry, the Raptor is too centered. I suggest you crop a bit from the back and add a bit space in the front. Also, perhaps you can replace the sky with one that has some clouds in the background.   Posted: 05/04/2023 16:32:06

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
Great save on this blown out image. The phantom jet. You caught it on the good bank. I saw this plane at an air show a couple years ago and it is an amazing machine. I like the tonality you have applied to the skin and the contrasting canopy.   Posted: 05/05/2023 10:10:50

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
While it looks a little "static", you've done a nice job of bringing out the detail. Capturing one that moves so fast is difficult. Good job!   Posted: 05/25/2023 11:00:44

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I like you took a blown out image and found a solution to salvage it. Very creative effects. The background compliments the tones and texture of the jet.   Posted: 05/27/2023 09:22:43


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