Steven Jungerwirth  

18 Inches Apart by Steven Jungerwirth

October 2021 - 18 Inches Apart

About the Image(s)

I had an opportunity to photograph the Blue Angels at the Chicago lakefront. Lucky to capture two jets flying alongside one another with landing gear deployed; one plane upside down. I marvel at the skill of the pilots (or computers) flying these birds.

Technical: Bright sun over Lake Michigan. Canon R5, Panning with the 100-400 EF lens on an RF adapter. ISO-320, 1/2500sec, F/6.3 @ 400mm. Crop, sharpen in LR. Replaced sky with another image from the lakefront in PS.

10 comments posted

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Such a unique, clear, sharp photo. You captured it at the right moment! I love how you substituted a more interesting sky. Really nice capture!
  Posted: 10/02/2021 14:25:46

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Absolutely amazing! Both the skill of the pilots and your capture! So Sharp!   Posted: 10/03/2021 10:51:17

Will Korn   Will Korn
This is cool because my first thought was "why does that plane have wheels on top and bottom?" Very sharp and interesting to look at. Such an honest Abe, confessing about the sky LOL.   Posted: 10/09/2021 08:40:16
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I enjoyed taking these shots . . . unfortunately the original sky was monotonous blue (not a single cloud). I always feel a tinge of guilt when I manipulate an image. And yes, confession makes me feel better.   Posted: 10/09/2021 09:02:37
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
...and thank goodness you confessed!
But lets talk about this wonderful capture: Perfect! Panning done to perfection, and in this case, to completely STOP the action to reveal the details. Well done, Steve!

"Points to Ponder":
Back to that sky: Another means of creating more interest in this particular work, may be on what type of paper it is printed on. Perhaps a 100% cotton rag with texture would off-set your opinion of the original boring sky. Another possible dramatic view may be achieved through a Black & White rendering. In these (two) examples, we are placing a firm grip on photographic technique, thus maintaining an authentic canvas. Of course, alternatively, the artist can admit about changing the sky (as you have) and thus place the work a bit closer to a "hybrid-genre" of photography, and that is fine with me. (I am giving a talk about this subject to a group of Fine Art painters and photographers on Oct 18th.).   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:41:27
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Lance: I agree choice of paper can change the feel (pun intended!) of the image. Unfortunately I print very little . . . and know I should print more. Stay well.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:00:08

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
You got a great capture and found the perfect sky to enhance it. Just for the fun of it, I thought I'd try one of the skies included in PS Creative Cloud subscription and see what you think. I absolutely do not want you to even think that I am denigrating your image..I love it, but I felt like playing so here goes   Posted: 10/09/2021 13:48:17
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Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
No need for apology/caution.
Showing interest in another photographer's image is a compliment!
Fun image to play with - I think your sky is a bit too warm/yellow/orange - for the color of the steel landing gear. It's a beautiful sky - just not for this scene.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:03:10

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Steven! How amazing to catch the two planes at exactly the right moment! It really caught my interest - it took a moment to figure out what was going on. Your choice of sky was very subtle - something going on, but not enough to distract from the planes. Technically perfect, a wonderful capture.   Posted: 10/09/2021 17:16:18

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
This is an amazing photo capturing the two planes as they crossed! The image is sharp and clear. The change in the sky also adds to the quality of the image. This is definitely a photo to print, frame, and hang on a wall for all to see. Nice work!   Posted: 10/16/2021 08:21:44


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