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Out of the Sun - A Dark Angel Comes
Out of the Sun - A Dark Angel Comes

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Date: Aug 5, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Military, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Aug 7, 2010

Photographer’s Notes
I really hate paying taxes! It’s not that the government doesn’t serve me, it’s that the government’s priorities don’t mesh well with mine. Government should do what it is uniquely positioned to do … no less, and certainly no more. It is perfectly positioned to defend the country … no private company could do it as well.

So when the Navy brings the Blue Angels to Seattle each year, I take it as a publicity stunt demonstrating the essentially absolute power of the US military. If you control the air, you control the ground. Don’t get me started on cyber-warfare where my conclusions might be different.

Although I hate it, I do pay a lot of taxes. And every time I watch the US Navy’s Blue Angels (in this case), or the US Air Force’s Thunderbirds, or Canada’s Snowbirds, (I could go on but, I’m sure you get the idea) I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. Face it – it’s fantastically expensive to fly these weapon systems solely for their entertainment value. But I am entertained and I have spared no expense to see them on multiple continents.

Every time I attend an air show, I bring my camera. I shoot 1,000, 2,000, or maybe 3,000 images – often more. At some point, I grow bored with yet another fly-by by yet another aerial vehicle. So I start to develop photo objectives – in this case – to showcase the phenomenal power of these weapon systems. Because the weather was crappy and distances were greater than I hoped, the original was a moderately crappy photo. Nikon D3, Photomatix, and Photoshop to the rescue. In the end, I am very happy with this image in fulfilling my objective.

I know that this image won’t necessarily appeal to the majority of DPC folks. It’s not a subject that tends to do well here. But maybe folks will set aside their prejudices and appreciate the image for the power it conveys. I believe it is a well conceived, shot, constructed, and presented image. You, dear voter, need to decide it you resonate with it.

And to America’s enemies – “Don’t Tread On Me.” I had thought of using "Don't Tread On Me" as a title, or possibly "Avenging Angel" but I don't think it will win friends among non-US voters.

Post Processing
• Pseudo HDR Conversion from RAW (Photomatix)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Punch (PSCS5 Vibrancy Layer)
• Color Sky (PSCS5 Color Layer)
• Brighten Jet (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Clean Up Image Flaws (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2010/08/05
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
• ISO: 500
• Aperture: f/16
• Shutter: 1/4000

Place: 23 out of 360
Avg (all users): 6.3333
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1556
Avg (non-participants): 6.8667
Views since voting: 1362
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 120
Comments: 9
Favorites: 4 (view)

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09/15/2010 09:28:14 AM
..."And to America’s enemies – “Don’t Tread On Me.” I had thought of using "Don't Tread On Me" as a title, or possibly "Avenging Angel" but I don't think it will win friends among non-US voters. "

...or as an airshow announcer said as we saw a B1 bomber do a low flyby "That's the sound of Freedom!"

Outstanding photo!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2010 11:28:03 PM
Well done!
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09/07/2010 01:06:20 AM
Very impressive portrait of a jet!
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09/06/2010 04:15:25 PM
Airshows bring out many good action photos of small planes going very fast. However, this is very different in that it's gone from just capturing a moment (which you've done well) to creating art through composition lighting and colours. I'm guessing you're quite skilled at post processing as well as having a good eye. This gets a 9 plus a Fav as I will wont to come back and view this again and again.
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09/05/2010 09:34:16 PM
The composition is great and the processing is outstanding.
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09/04/2010 12:17:45 AM
Fabulous. This is the month of air shows! This image is so perfectly processed.
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09/01/2010 04:13:28 PM
WOW .. you sure nailed this pic .. 9 .. :)
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09/01/2010 02:10:05 AM
Brilliant shot.
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09/01/2010 12:25:41 AM
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