Hans-Werner Griepentrog, EPSA  

Star Fighter by Hans-Werner Griepentrog, EPSA

January 2022 - Star Fighter

About the Image(s)

Title: Star Fighter

After Gerald showed us a photo of an air show in December, I looked in my archive and found this photo from the Berlin Air Show. It shows the aerobatic team Patrouille Suisse with the Northrop F5 Tiger II at the climax and conclusion of their air show. I caught the right moment as the 6 pilots simultaneously set off the fireworks. I have submitted the image three times so far to international exhibitions in the PJ category, but without success.

Shot with EOS 5 D MKIII
Lens EF 2,8/70-200mm L IS II + Extender 2x III, focal length 250 mm,
Settings “ f8,0, 1/1600 sec. ISO 200

3 comments posted

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Gerald. I like the photo with the planes fanning out towards the outer regions of the photo, the light burst behind each plane. The problem with the photo is probably too much blue sky. A very senior member of our club in his 80's a judge and once pro photographer said.
Take a photo of a landscape a spectacular setting it looks great, if you include over 30% sky you run the risk as it maybe seen as a Nature photo the cloud features take over, if the photo has too many people or human presence it maybe seen as PJ, the story takes over. Balance within a photo is essential. I once submitted a low flying plane in a club comp Open and was told the sky was too flat and uninteresting, the plane was ignored. This photo would look great as a composite against a spectacular sky a soft orange early morning sunrise/sunset but it's not PJ, its Open. A relative of mine is an expert in this type of photography he does this frequently in Open competitions, changing sky's and removing unwanted features even in Creative duplicating features. Not my photography as you spend many hours pushing Photoshop sliders around.   Posted: 01/01/2022 19:54:53

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Hans, this is an interesting image but the planes are so small in the immensity of the blue sky that they have no detail. I do like the fact that the smoke trail shows a series of what it looks like fireworks, that make it more intriguing. Also I find striking the shape they are flying away from each other.   Posted: 01/06/2022 17:26:04

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hans, my first impression before reading the other comments was the same as Isaac, that the patterns are really interesting but the planes are so small in the frame that they do not have much impact. It still an interesting image. Bruce   Posted: 01/07/2022 20:40:15


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