Brad Ashbrook  

Bomber by Brad Ashbrook

November 2023 - Bomber

November 2023 - Brad Ashbrook


About the Image(s)

This is the second image from our trip to Charleston, this time aboard the USS Yorktown and one of the planes underneath. This is a 7 shot blend with a base exposure of 1/250 @ f8, ISO 800, 24mm with Sony A9. After merging the files in LR, initial adjustments were done to just about everything in the basic panel. Then the file was opened in Photoshop and a bit more was done. A little bit of cleanup with ceiling lights, a ladder behind the plane and a fan near the dude on the bench. Some color and contrast enhancements with Color Efex 6, a layer to dodge the red around the prop and removing a strong blue on a wall.

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6 comments posted

Jane Ballard   Jane Ballard
Fantastic image! Your treatment is spot on. I don't know what else to say about it!   Posted: 11/09/2023 12:41:17

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Fascinating. So this is CV-10, since CV-5, the original Yorktown, was sunk by torpedoes while trying to make it back to Pearl after the battle of Midway. The blend is very nice providing a tonal range that is what we might expect to see if we were inside the carrier. It is always interesting to see how fast our eyes go to the warm tones. That bomb pops, then the red in the engine and then we find the fellow. Great job in processing this set.   Posted: 11/09/2023 15:33:22

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Brad, your HDR treatment brings out the color and detail in this image. However, I would still like to see the fuselage slightly brighter towards the right edge of the image, to make it show up better. Otherwise, very well done.   Posted: 11/14/2023 13:31:07

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Interesting plane seven images, great tone mapping. The plane and the red propeller and yellow add a lot. Great colors!
I would like to see more detail on the right, that area of the plane. My eye is drawn to the brighter part and other I tend to fixate on the person, rather than the cool plane.   Posted: 11/25/2023 20:17:01
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Curious, I think the person on the bench is important. So why would more detail on the right, plain green area, be needed or of interest?   Posted: 11/25/2023 21:39:16

Max Burke   Max Burke
I am pleased you included your original and 7 images that gave you something to work into a better image.

It is an interesting and well-done picture of a piece of history. You did a good clean-up of distracting objects to make this an impacting image. I am drawn towards the person looking outside as well as the propeller.   Posted: 11/25/2023 22:22:04