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Rare warbird: Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen (Zero)
Lens: DA☆ 60-250mm f4 Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Everett, WA, USA ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: kcmadr, 07-08-2013, 09:07 PM

Last weekend I went down to Paine Field, Everett, WA, (yes where they build the larger of the Boeing aircraft). Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection was hosting a Fly Day featuring their Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen (Zero).

I am still very impressed with the capability of the DA☆ 60-250mm f4 . The focal length here was 250mm.

Any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated. I'll admit I was somewhat disappointed with the lack of any comments at all on my Grumman Hellcat photo, but as we say here in North America - whatever.

A medium sized version and the much larger original finished file processed at 100% of the RAW file's size.






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07-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Lovely shots!

With bosbevok as a Flickr name... Are you from RSA?
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Lovely shots!
Thank you.

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With bosbevok as a Flickr name... Are you from RSA?
Ja. Maar ek was nie op die grens gewees nie want die oorlog was klaar al vier jare voor ek op matriek was.

I tried a bunch of usernames for Flickr and they were all rejected. Eventually I got so frustrated I typed in bosbefok and it rejected that as well. I tried with a "v" and it worked.

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Ek was ook nie op die grens nie!

Sorry my rooinek Afrikaans is not that good anymore! )

Good to see a flying Zero!

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Wow that's damned sharp, well done.
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super sharp shot. well done
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Well done! I didn't even know there were any airworthy Zeros left...

(And I learnt a new word - and got to read up a bit on die grensoorlog)
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Sorry I missed the Hellcat shots, but these are pretty amazing!

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Well done! I didn't even know there were any airworthy Zeros left...
I believe Planes of Fame has the only flyable one with the original engine.
I see duplicate shots above, though both are awesome :-) You may get more comments if posted in the critique forum.
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Nice shot of a nice plane!

En grappig dat ik als Nederlander het Afrikaans ook een beetje kan volgen !
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Beautiful shots!
I, too, am a fan of the WWII warbirds.
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I appreciate the composition -- you left just enough room in the front and a little behind it to make it feel right in the dimensions of the photo space.

Things I'd work on:

1) Noise. The background is really noisy. A tip, if you use Lightroom, is to hold down the ALT key (in Windows -- different key in OSX) to get hidden support for some sliders. For instance, if you hold the ALT key down while moving the Masking slider under the Sharpening parameters, you will see the black and white masking effect on your image.

I like to add just enough noise reduction (in the form of increasing the Luminance slider) and then holding down the alt key while moving the masking slider on the sharpening section until I'm sharpening just the object of focus in the image (The focal point -- the airplane in this example) and not the other portions of the image (the sky in this example)

If you play with the sliders enough and get a good feel for it, you can smooth out the sky fairly well in the background while keeping the airplane sharp and pretty in the foreground.

2) Shadows. This one is more personal preference, however I feel the shadow on the side of this plane is too dramatic. I'd lighten it more to show off more of the plane instead of hiding it in the hard, mid-day sun it seems to currently be in.
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Nice shot of a nice plane!

En grappig dat ik als Nederlander het Afrikaans ook een beetje kan volgen !

is nie so moeilik nie hoor!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Snipes Quote
Nice shot of a nice plane!

En grappig dat ik als Nederlander het Afrikaans ook een beetje kan volgen !
Afrikaans = kitchen Dutch!

It's a little known fact the very first book ever published in Afrikaans was a Muslim prayer book. We used to learn Dutch in school in South Africa as part of Afrikaans Higher Grade. So many words are the same. One difference I've not been able to figure out is "I am". "Ik ben" vs "Ek is" Hoe gaan/gaat ons van "ben" na "is"? Never been able to figure that one out!
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Wow that's damned sharp, well done.
Thank you!
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