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The Space Shuttle And A Toy Camera

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I recently added the new Nik Analog Efex Pro to my plugin collection for Lightroom and have been having some fun with it.  I took some “throw-away” shots that I would not normally process and decided to see what Analog Efex could do for them.  The result is, as you can see, is some fun and unusual effects using the toy camera effect.  Sometime’s it’s a lot of fun to try something different and learn some new techniques.  I feel that I need to do this from time to time to challenge myself to improve my photography.

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March 17th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I’ll Bite You

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P-40 Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the “shark mouth” logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters. – Wikipedia

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This P-40 Warhawk is on display at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center right as you walk into the museum.  The plane is suspended from the ceiling of the massive hanger and right at eye level from the entrance platform.  This allowed me to get this shot without much compression.  Here are the details: Canon EOS REBEL T4i | Canon 24-105mm @ 24mm | ISO 400 | f/4 @ 1/40″  (Note:  I needed the higher ISO due no flash or tripods allowed in the museum)

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March 6th, 2014 at 9:14 am

The Blue Angles

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The Blue Angles

Canon Xti | Canon 70-300mm @ 300mm | ISO 100 | 1/500″ @ f9 | RAW | Processed in LR4

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April 25th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Japanese WWII Aircraft – They Call Me Val

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The Aichi D3A, Allied reporting name “Val” was a World War II carrier-borne dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was the primary dive bomber in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and participated in almost all actions, including Pearl Harbor. Wikipedia

I took this photo at the World War II weekend in Reading, PA.  The weekend is a commemoration of the war with the largest gathering of vintage WWII aircraft in the world.  The event is a must see for aircraft enthusiast.  The event is held by Mid-Atlantic Air Museum located at Reading Airport.

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Canon Xti | Canon 30-200mm @ 200mm | ISO 400 | 1/500″ @ f/9 | RAW | Processed in LR4
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April 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Super Fortress

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To close out plane week I have saved the best for last, the B-29 Super Fortress.  The B29 was a technological achievement so advanced that you could call it the B2 Stealth Bomber of its time.  Although it did not have stealth capabilities it could fly higher than Axis fighters, was well armed, and packed a wallop when it delivered its payload.  This B29, Fifi, is the last Super Fortress left.  Flown and maintained by the Commemorative Air force, it stands a living legacy to the men and woman who built these beautiful planes (http://www.cafb29b24.org/).

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Focal length: 75mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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October 5th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Mustang

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The North American P-51 Mustang is arguably the most beautiful and exciting aircraft of WWII.  Speed, agility, range, and an awesome sound as it it dives, this plan gave a technical advantage to the Allies to help win the war efforts in both theaters.  I can’t wait to see this plane again at next years Reading Air Show!

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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October 4th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Warhawk

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The P-40 Warhawk saw action during WWII in all the Allied Air Forces in one form or another from North Africa to China.  One group of famous pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, flew these planes with great skill and changed the world forever.

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Focal length: 255mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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October 3rd, 2012 at 6:00 am

Blue Angels

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You can never fully appreciate the US Navy’s elite aerobatic pilots, the Blue Angels, unless you see them in person.  Seeing them do loops, flying a few feet apart, and blazing 500 feet over your head doing 500 MPH!  Bring your ear plugs and be prepared to be impressed.  The last time I saw the Blue Angels was during Salibration 2012 in Baltimore, MD at Ft. McHenry.

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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October 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 am

Reading WWII Airshow

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If you are a history buff and/or an aircraft aficionado, The WWII Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA is for you.  This is the biggest, that I know of,  gathering of vintage aircraft and war re-enactment in the country and is worth every penny of admission.  Vintage aircraft range from the P-51 Mustang to the last flying B-29 Super Fortrest.  The weekend also includes a recreation of a Belgium Village complete with an Allied liberation re-enactment.  Held yearly on Memorial Day weekend at the Reading Regional Airport PA, a little over an hour  from Philadelphia PA. (http://www.maam.org/)

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

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October 1st, 2012 at 6:00 am