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F4U-1D Corsair (Revised) by OpticaLLightspeed F4U-1D Corsair (Revised) by OpticaLLightspeed
The Commemorative Air Force's F4U-1D Corsair, performing a flight demo on Saturday, during the 2012 Tico Warbird Air show.
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I know from experience that aviation photography is not the easiest photographic subject. For a start the subject is moving meaning that before anything, good panning technique is required. Then there is the matter of getting your camera settings correct, not easy when lighting conditions are not constant and are ever changing due to weather. Also there are other factors such as creating a dynamic image to think about too. I will try and write this critique with all this in mind. So then onwards to the photograph itself.

The first thing I notice about this photograph is that good motion of the propeller has been captured. This has made the aircraft look less static and much more dynamic. The photograph was shot with a shutter speed of 1/250 and for propeller driven aircraft this is spot on. Any shutter speed slower than 1/320 would have done, but the slower the better, so long that it is within the photographers panning limitations.

Clearly such a slow shutter was well within the photographers panning limitations as this photograph has great sharpness. This is no easy task when shooting at a 400mm focal range. I know how difficult it can be to pan with such a large lens at full extension so very well done indeed.

I think that the photograph also has good exposure. The aircraft is not only dark itself but is also seen here against a moody sky. Both the aircraft and sky have no exposure problems or loss of details so this is very good.

Now then onto the criticism and where I believe the photograph could have been better.

One of the things that springs to mind is the use of such a narrow aperture. The photograph was shot at F.18 which in my experience is far narrower than is necessary for airshow photography. I would have personally chosen an aperture between F.8 and F.11. The aircraft would still be within the depth of field and will be sharp, however the slightly wider aperture would have allowed more light into the camera meaning ISO-100 could have been used rather than ISO-200. This would have reduced the possibility of digital noise. The noise levels are not bad anyway but I still think it is advice that could be useful in future shoots.

The only other thing I think could be slightly better is the position of the aircraft in frame, which to my eyes is slightly too far over to the left and to the bottom of the frame. I don't know if this photograph is as shot or if it has had some work done. Either way I think the shot would benefit from less space behind the tail, and a little more space underneath rather than above. A simple crop would resolve this I believe. Of course everybody is different and this is purely a personal opinion.

Overall I think this is a wonderful shot of a beautiful and historically important machine. The photograph shows good camera inputs from the photographer and a good understanding of the technical knowledge of how to capture the subject well. Obviously no photograph is immune to criticism so I hope the points of criticism I have brought up can be of use for future airshow shoots. All in a great piece of work.
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Great shot!
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hansepe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Awesome shot Jim. I'm jealous as always :)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Per, you have no reason to be jealous my friend, I can think of a few images you have posted that have had the same effect on me....jealousy....LOL!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work Jim. It doesn't get any better than this. :)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Mark, That means alot.
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TreborNehoc Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Photographer
wow - you guys are way over my head technically

maybe that's why your work is so damned good, and mine? not so much
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend. But don't knock yourself, sure some of us have had a little more practice but I remember when I used to be where you are now, don't let that get in the way of perfecting your art. Keep shooting and learning. Hell I learn new things every day and I will continue to learn till the day I can no longer hold my camera.
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TreborNehoc Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Photographer
working on it: [link]
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
And looking very good my friend. Keep it up!
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the pilot said she was an FG-1D license-built by Goodyear. Excellent shot of this bird. I'm more than a bit jealous.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are most probably right on that fact. The indentification on the tail does identify it as an F4U-1D probably with an /FG-1D stamped inboard somewhere inconspicuosly...LOL! I took much joy photographing this beauty. Just as much fun as the F4U-5/FG-1 I photographed at NAS JAcksonville last November.
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Like i said, no way to tell by looking, the guy that was standing with me in the rain on Sunday beside it with a CAF patch on told me LOL. I assumed he had an idea, so, That's what I went with :P
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Photographer
There is a way of telling, just check it's registration details. It clearly states it as having been built by Goodyear and it being an FG-1D rather than F4U-1D. [link] :)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Like I said you are most probably accurate based on the expert opinion of the CAF members, it just wasn't promenently displayed on the outside of the aircraft.
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Out-Standing shot what a Beauty Love this plane!!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much. Yeah I have a very special place in my heart for this aircraft.
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PicTd Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful image of a beautiful plane
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Tom. I will be posting a few more of this beautiful aircraft in the coming days.
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot, Jim! The angle is perfect. :+fav:
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you much Dan, glad you are enjoying it!
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, Jim!
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TALONRIDDER Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
perfectly beautiful great shot
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much my friend.
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ben2273 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
superbe photo d'un sublime avion !!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend!
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you Chuck. It's good to get back into the swing with all winged subjects...LOL!
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now if I can only find the time to get back at the photography game! LOL ;)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Tell me about it....LOL!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Photographer
I wondered when we might see your shots from the show and I'm looking forward to more if this one is anything to go by!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks again Daniel, I'm going to draw out the time between posting these images as I would like everyone to really have some quality time looking them over and if possible getting some critiques.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Photographer
That's a great idea and I will gladly do my bit for you and critique one or two when I get the chance. I will do my best to be constructive :)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
That would be great my friend whenever you get the chance.
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
So very nice!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks my friend....so very much!
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nope - Thank YOU - I need a corsair fix! :)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
I promise to have more images in the coming days...including some more of the Corsair.
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
YAY!!!!
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focallength Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Nice shot. Love these airplanes.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks my friend. This aircraft just naturally draws my lens right to it.
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focallength Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
You're welcome. They're gorgeous airplanes.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's really good to be back photographing aircraft again.
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focallength Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I'm looking forward to getting back to that, too. Been a while.
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F/18.0
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400 mm
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