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The Grim Reaper at Sunset
Posted By: Judd, 10-22-2009, 05:15 PM

A Grumman F14 at sunset today. I'm sure my father's fingerprints are on this plane somewhere...he helped build these. Taken with a K100D on fully manual settings and an old Pentax 50mm 1.7 and a Sigma 28mm 2.8.

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10-22-2009, 05:27 PM   #2
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#1 is a fine shot - love the lighting and simplicity.
Looks like a mini Concord.
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Dig the last black and white shot.
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Nice shots of a great plane! I used to have 3 plastic models of F14 as a kid. It was my all time favourite when in my early/mid teens (I guess I watched Top Gun too many times )
#1 is great as it is
#2 would have worked better if you'd have gone bit closer to the side of the plane
#3 I like it but the power lines are too distracting IMO

nevertheless, nice series

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Very nice - number 1 especially. Great job.

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Awesome, I like 'planes

IMO I find the flagpole shadow (or whatever it is?) a bit distracting, but I still like the shots a lot. #1 most of all.

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Thank you for the comments! I agree with all of you on the flagpole shadow and the power lines detracting from the composition, but short of post processing there's not much I can do about them I think. At the moment, my goal is to get better with the camera settings while running fully manual and I think I'm getting there, albeit slowly. I've installed a katzeye focusing screen and that helps enormously with getting the focus right. If you use older manual lenses, you simply must invest in one of these - it's fantastic. Thanks again for the encouragement!
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Always loved the Tomcat.....and still do.

Really like the view on #1

Thanks for sharing

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1st is great! I can hear the "Top Gun" music in my head as I look at it!

QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
#1 is a fine shot - love the lighting and simplicity.
Looks like a mini Concord.
MINI? I have never been beside a Tomcat but by photo references... it is BIG!
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They are pretty impressive. Not huge, but impressive. I remember sitting in an F14 cockpit as a kid. Dad was a senior engineer and somehow got a special dispensation to bring a few people through the Calverton assembly and test facility (upon whose grounds this plane stand) and allowed the kids to sit in the pilot's seat. Years later Grumman had a final open house before they were acquired by Northrup and he walked us through the entire facility, which was really impressive. The one thing that struck me was seeing the center section of the F14 that holds the wing pivots - it's made of welded and machined titanium and looked like a single huge block of machined metal. Side note: This display actually annoys my dad a little because the F14's wings are in the swept back position yet the landing gear are down - not a combination that occurred during flight.

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