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09-28-2013, 04:54 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Lens: DA 16-45mm f4 Camera: K20D Photo Location: Ashland, NE, USA ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F8 



Avro Vulcan at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

We visited this museum on our way driving up to Oshkosh, and after all the indoor exhibits we were escorted to the outdoor exhibits one of which is this British Vulcan. Among others I took a front on image (shown below in a reply), but had a play with some settings in PS and added the fence for a slightly more abstract presentation. For those unaware, there is only one Vulcan that is kept airworthy and that won't be for much longer - 2016 if all works out. The others were withdrawn from service in 1984.

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Roland White: "Vulcan 607-The epic story of the most remarkable British air attack since WW2 "

Worth reading, for those interested in this aircraft and its history.
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Nice picture! I was there in May when the Vulcan was open for touring--amazing how small the cockpit is. Visibility from the cockpit was surprisingly limited, too. I really like the pp treatment--the sky and the fence give it a dramatic feel.

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Really great shot. Interesting machine, great positioning and processing
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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
Roland White: "Vulcan 607-The epic story of the most remarkable British air attack since WW2 "

Worth reading, for those interested in this aircraft and its history.
Or watch this:

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Nice picture! I was there in May when the Vulcan was open for touring--amazing how small the cockpit is. Visibility from the cockpit was surprisingly limited, too. I really like the pp treatment--the sky and the fence give it a dramatic feel.
Thanks. The standard front shot exuded some potential in terms of adding a bit of interest/drama. I was there at the end of July this year. And the Vulcan is just a bit smaller than you would think it should be... but still a big plane!
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Really great shot. Interesting machine, great positioning and processing
Thanks. For a while I've been trying to break away from standard, technical, documentary-style shots. Sometimes I surprise myself when I try something because I feel I "have to" and then look on the computer and it's so obvious. The processing was fun. I added the fence for a bit of "Cold War" feel.

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kcmadr,

Well done. As a devout airplane fanatic, I was drawn to your first image. It impresses with it's foreboding atmosphere and sense of waiting for a mission behind the secure fence. Then, without reading your text, I looked at the second image and wondered how you removed the fence - your addition of the fence in the first image is very effective.

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Nice shot. My wife and I saw a Vulcan Bomber on the way to the Falklands war. It had landed at our airport (Western Canada) on the way to the Falklands.

At the time we saw it ...it was flying low...just coming out of some dark, stormy clouds...the sun was shining on it.

I still have that magnificent view in my memory....the Vulcan looked like a giant bird of prey...which I guess it was.
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Nice work, on all counts. I have a vivid memory of one of the last operational Vulcans flying over us, while we were motoring in deepest Yorkshire in 1981. That delta wing was astounding to see from below and up close, I can tell you!
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kcmadr,

Well done. As a devout airplane fanatic, I was drawn to your first image. It impresses with it's foreboding atmosphere and sense of waiting for a mission behind the secure fence. Then, without reading your text, I looked at the second image and wondered how you removed the fence - your addition of the fence in the first image is very effective.

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Thanks Craig.

I had a play with the tones, and when it reached this setting it felt like I was trespassing on a secure air force base. I threw in the fence to enhance that feel and offset it a bit so it seems more natural... and blurred it of course.

It's amazing to see what can be done to a relatively simple image when you add just a bit of creativity. It completely changes it.
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Nice shot. My wife and I saw a Vulcan Bomber on the way to the Falklands war. It had landed at our airport (Western Canada) on the way to the Falklands.

At the time we saw it ...it was flying low...just coming out of some dark, stormy clouds...the sun was shining on it.

I still have that magnificent view in my memory....the Vulcan looked like a giant bird of prey...which I guess it was.
Thanks.

I really wish I could have seen one in the air (I probably won't get to see XH558 since it will be a while before I visit the UK).
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Nice work, on all counts. I have a vivid memory of one of the last operational Vulcans flying over us, while we were motoring in deepest Yorkshire in 1981. That delta wing was astounding to see from below and up close, I can tell you!
Thanks Rob.

As I mentioned above, I wish I could see one flying.
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Thanks Rob.

As I mentioned above, I wish I could see one flying.
I like the work you did with the first picture as well. This plane was originally built to carry Britain's nuclear bomb and your picture helps to convey that menace.

My best enduring memory of a Vulcan was seeing one take off at an airshow. As soon as it reached take-off speed the plane stood on it's tail and climbed vertically. The noise from the old jet engines was phenomenal and shook you to the core. As the plane climbed the noise of the jets was replaced by the chorus of car alarms that had been set off during the take-off.
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