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on Aug 3, 2010 in Aviation

Shooting the Big Guy

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Simply put, the C-17 is one BIG ASS plane! When it was parked, I tried photographing it with the 16Fish while standing next to it. Couldn’t get it all in the frame. How to make what appears to be a lumbering giant look like anything but that?

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Well, can we change the story with simple image size? You get the idea it’s larger but without scale, still don’t really know it’s a giant. Darn hard to get a pickup truck parked next to it when flying for scale. Putting a nicer cloud behind it doesn’t hurt. But it still looks just like it’s there, not really much romance to it.

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Change the angle, make it larger and even with a solid blue sky background, looks better but still not there. Showing more belly though seems to help, that coming from the angle spreading more light across the belly giving shape and form.

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OK, the old “going away” angle works especially with that cloud background, but it’s still not there.

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Then lets go vertical. OK, a little drama, a little cloud, a little belly and the overall photo, a little better. Be it a rock, pond, bird, mammal or plane, look at the elements you have at hand, light, lens, position and subject attitude and bring them together the best you can to bring back what you see and feel. This is hole even the dullest, boringest, ugliest subject can come to their own in your photos!

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Now to just get this Bigger Assed C-5 in the same frame with the C-17….then you would see scale!

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 handheld on Lexar UDAM digital film