David Terao  


SR-71 by David Terao

January 2022 - SR-71

January 2022 - David Terao

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About the Image(s)

The SR-71 Blackbird is on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. I shot this image last month when there were relatively few people there. I still had to clone out several people as well as signs and cables. In Photoshop, I darkened the background and the outer edges of the floor to simplify the image and accentuate the triangular floor pattern. Because tripods are not allowed, I had to stabilize my camera on the railing. I used Topaz Labs' DeNoise AI to eliminate noise from the high ISO. Shot with a Canon EOS R5 and 28mm 2.8 lens. Exposure was 1/125 sec @f/11 and ISO 6400.


12 comments posted




Robert Knight   Robert Knight
I think you have created a very striking image from what is basically a record shot. The triangular shape of the aircraft is very strong and you have brought out the subtle colours and removed all the background distractions very well. This is a very good and enjoyable result.   Posted: 01/01/2022 17:00:39
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Robert. And, intriguingly, almost all of the post processing was done on everything except the main subject.   Posted: 01/01/2022 18:52:37



Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
I was at that museum in Virginia just last summer. I remember all the huge planes. You have done an incredible job to isolate the SR-71 Blackbird in your image. There is a lot to distract your eye in the museum. Darkening the background and enhancing the floor triangle sets off the plane and makes you look at the smooth lines of it. Well done!   Posted: 01/04/2022 16:05:48
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Phyllis. It's too bad they don't allow tripods in the museum. It's quite dark inside.   Posted: 01/04/2022 17:55:50



Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Your post-processing is amazing and the compostion and lighting in your finished image really highlight your subject. What a transformation! This is so well done and I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 01/05/2022 11:04:44
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Cindy. At first, I wasn't sure how a black airplane in a dark environment would work as a low key image. We have a competition coming up with a theme of "High Key/Low Key."   Posted: 01/05/2022 14:00:51



Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
WOW, what a chance to see it up close and personal! There're some chances I would get to see it in an air show close by, but it didn't work out. So, I haven't see it yet. Thanks for sharing!

Onto the image, this is a beautiful image, the curves on the body, the lines, the the color/reflections, very nicely presented here.
Nice Post proc too! a lot of work to rid of unwanted elements, gj.   Posted: 01/06/2022 20:14:46
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Charlie.   Posted: 01/07/2022 07:12:02



Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
WOW, what a chance to see it up close and personal! There're some chances I would get to see it in an air show close by, but it didn't work out. So, I haven't see it yet. Thanks for sharing!

Onto the image, this is a beautiful image, the curves on the body, the lines, the the color/reflections, very nicely presented here.
Nice Post proc too! a lot of work to rid of unwanted elements, gj.   Posted: 01/06/2022 20:14:49



Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
WOW, what a chance to see it up close and personal! There're some chances I would get to see it in an air show close by, but it didn't work out. So, I haven't see it yet. Thanks for sharing!

Onto the image, this is a beautiful image, the curves on the body, the lines, the the color/reflections, very nicely presented here.
Nice Post proc too! a lot of work to rid of unwanted elements, gj.   Posted: 01/06/2022 20:14:51



Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Lot of work done here and a spectacular image resulted. Congratulations.   Posted: 01/07/2022 20:53:35
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Ray.   Posted: 01/08/2022 06:57:03



 

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