Andrew Hersom, APSA, PPSA, AFIAP  


Landing by Andrew Hersom, APSA, PPSA, AFIAP

November 2021 - Landing

About the Image(s)

A shot taken at a RAF airfield where trainee pilots were practicing landing and taking off. This one was coming into land so wheels and flaps were down. I darkened the sky and lightened the shadows. Unfortunately the sky was very overcast and dull so I inserted a better one in PS. What do you think?


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11 comments posted




Don Hill   Don Hill
Interesting image. Without seeing the original I can only guess. So I will not get involved in the endless debate over changing skys. My shooting buddy has a green screen and puts an ocassional Grim Reeper in some of his beach shots. I don't know? Anyway it is a nice image that is clear and sharp. My Dad and I used to fly and this image makes me miss it. To me a good image is one that evoks emotions, and this one does that for me. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/01/2021 23:01:14



Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Thanks, important question - does the sky look natural?   Posted: 11/02/2021 08:09:47



Don Hill   Don Hill
Yes, it looks like the "Wild Blue Yonder".   Posted: 11/04/2021 10:46:47



Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Andrew, one of these aircaft came screaming over our home just this morning at probably 500 feet. Makes you jump out of your skin! We see them reqularly on traning flights and often in pairs.
Yors is a good shot and the sky works very well.   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:19:03



Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Andrew, I think you have done a great job at replacing the sky. The light on the clouds and the plane seem to be coming from the same direction.   Posted: 11/09/2021 21:03:19



Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hi Andrew,
The sky replacement worked perfectly. Another tool for your toolbox!
The shot of the airplane is amazing in terms of texture and clarity.
What bothers me is that it is facing away from us. It seems to me that the rules of thumb for shooting birds apply to airplanes too, especially the one about "seeing the glint in its "eye."
A little bit wider frame and/or more of a diagonal shot would also help tell the story. Do you have other angles?   Posted: 11/13/2021 03:54:31



Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I like the sky replacement because it brings out the detail in the plane. Unless the adds to the photo, I think people expect it to be replaced now. I really like this simple, stunning image.   Posted: 11/15/2021 10:02:29



Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Thanks for the comments. I agree a more sideways view would have been better but unfortunately the viewing area did not permit this.
Yes, most pictures of landing planes are head on - doesn't mean they all have to be. I took some head on but the light was not right. Need a better sky.
Yes, they do make a lot of noise too!   Posted: 11/16/2021 15:24:39



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Andrew
Great angle sky looks good to me your aircraft is a Hawk T2 I live on the banks of the River Mersey and the Hawks from R.A.F.Valley are regularly carrying out low level fast runs up the River love watching them.   Posted: 11/17/2021 12:44:38



Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Funnily enough that is exactly where they were taken. Thanks.   Posted: 11/17/2021 14:59:47



Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Andrew, great capture of the plane coming in! Your addition of a background cloud works perfectly.

I have nothing to add.   Posted: 11/18/2021 09:37:30