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Composite Photo Contest Submission
Contest Number: 113 Contest Theme: Composite Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f3.5-f5.6 AL WR Camera: Pentax K-7 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: Photobuddy25, 01-06-2016, 06:47 PM


This is a composite of two images, the first being of a Hawker Hunter aircraft (static display) at an airshow I recently attended, the second being a background image of clouds. The steps undertaken to create this image were as follows: 1. Create cut-out of aircraft and paste into new layer, 2. Adjust contrast to recover detail from original image (about 3-5 stops underexposed, to retain cloud detail in the original image), 3. Add motion blur to create sense of movement, 4. Paste image onto cloud layer, 5. Adjust lighting on aircraft to simulate how the plane would look "in-flight", 5. Overlay image with cloud effects, to create a sense of aerial perspective and the exhaust gases from rear of the plane, 6. Create faint "glow" within the airframe, to simulate afterburner ignition (unrealistic, but cool!), and finally, add flare effects and reflections on cockpit canopy to simulate sunlight, etc.

Hope you enjoy my submission !


P.S. On reflection, the only thing I would change in this image would deb to add some free space on the right for the plane to move in to, but that is easily fixed in Photoshop.

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