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Let Our Missing Airmen's Spirits Seek the Sky They Loved
Let Our Missing Airmen's Spirits Seek the Sky They Loved
Dr.Confuser


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Remembrance (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV USA
Date: Nov 15, 2011
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: Various
Galleries: Emotive, Military
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2011


Photographer’s Notes
I spent the weekend at Aviation Nation, the air show put on by the Air Force at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a thank you gesture to the people of Las Vegas for putting up with the noise of an active duty air base. And it’s terrific.

I spent the first day outside the fence at the end of the runway. All these great aircraft land about 50 feet over our heads and it’s a unique view of these planes. Then I spent the next day inside the fence at the Air Force Thunderbirds chalet right on the flight line.

Talk about a ringside seat and with a few bonuses.

Miss Nevada was there and we chatted for about 20 minutes about cameras and photography. She just got her first DSLR and was curious about my 70-200 mm lens, about my Nikon D3. Very bright girl, very pretty … it’s probably just ego but I want to believe she was hitting on me (old enough to be her grandfather) but in truth she was just being pleasant and was actually hitting on my camera.

The cast of Jersey Boys sang the National Anthem to start the show and afterwards spent the show at the chalet. Nice people. Very talented! Among the most attractive people I’ve seen in a long time and approachable in this private setting.

Oh, and did I mention the airshow. They flew the B-1 and B-2 bombers, a rare treat. And they flew a vintage MiG and a F-86 Sabre. We saw some great fast movers and, of course, the Thunderbirds.

It will take days to wipe the grin off my face!!!


Post Processing
• Merge to HDR (Photomatix)
• Tone Map (Photomatix)
• Remove Dust (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Saturation (PSCS5 Hue/Sat Layer)
• Contrast (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Brightness (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Blur Sky (PSCS5 Gaussian Blur – Masked)
• Lighten Sky (PSCS5 Curves Layer – Masked)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Resize (Perfect Resize)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)


Camera Data
• Date: 2011.11.13
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
• ISO: 200
• Aperture: f/11
• Shutter: Various

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 66
Avg (all users): 6.5000
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7143
Views since voting: 1525
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 100
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/30/2011 06:48:45 PM
Beautiful!!!
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11/27/2011 08:51:03 AM
Hey Doc, didn't I tell you this was a ribbon contender a sure top 5? Congratulations on your HM!
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11/26/2011 06:20:29 PM
I see your planes finally paid off for you. Congrats on your 5th place!
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11/26/2011 12:40:27 PM
I'm so glad this did well!
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11/26/2011 01:22:51 AM
Nice finish! Love the processing.
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11/25/2011 10:10:07 AM
Congratulations Doc on HM! Always enjoy reading the story behind your photos.
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11/25/2011 04:22:50 AM
Congrats for the HM Doc, well done!
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11/25/2011 12:31:06 AM
Hey Doc... Great finish and congrats with your HM.
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11/25/2011 12:23:03 AM
Congrats on your HM Dr.
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11/25/2011 12:04:21 AM
Awesome place for a great shot Doc!! Go Long Shots!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2011 05:36:31 PM
Stand out winner for me.
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11/22/2011 02:41:57 AM
I like the premise quite a bit, but this feels way overdone to me.
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11/18/2011 07:39:47 PM
Nicely done. Powerful image
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11/18/2011 09:17:19 AM
Love this. The post processing of this image really makes it pop!
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11/18/2011 08:36:13 AM
I love the processing here... well done.
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11/18/2011 04:41:01 AM
Lovely shot and colours, great pp. love this one its vibrant and cool!8
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11/18/2011 02:26:10 AM
Ribbon material here, Doc. Congrats!
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