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Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

This week I spent a very enjoyable day visiting the IWM Duxford for the first time in a while. I am normally a bit of a "kitchen sink" photographer taking all manner of kit with me. However, I challenged myself to only use my E-3 with the Zuiko 7-14mm lens. I thought aircraft would provide lots of ways of having fun with the lens.

Here is how I got on, the first series of pictures























The next series of images were taken in the new air space building. The aircraft are really crammed in and even with the wide angle 7-14mm isolating individual aircraft was virtually impossible.Also, the lighting is very dim which resulted me increasing the ISO a tad.














The following images were taken in the American hangar. All of the posted images from this hangar I shot using a series of bracketed exposures and then processed them using exposure fusion rather than HDR.







Now I got ambitious with this one, converting it to a rather extreme B&W image. It will be interesting to see if you all approve





I found the shapes and texture on the rear of this jet fighter interesting, just screamed at me for a B&W conversion





Finally, despite it looking very sad now after having been left to the elements for so long. I just had to post a picture of my beloved VC-10 which started my love affair with aviation.





It would be really interesting for me to get your comments and views which is why I placed the pics in this section. The 7-14mm is such a fun lens to play around with and your comments would help me in my quest to get the best out of it.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

The B/W works well!

I also like the big nose you get with the 7 -14 mm in this one:

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Looks like someone had a fun day!
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

I love this ;

It's a REAL SR-71 Blackbird?

I might go visit that museum then ...
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Chris,

A remarkable set of photos. I've never tried a really wide angle lens so I am amazed at the depth of focus achieved. The distortion close to the camera is quite acceptable and certainly makes for interesting images. As for the poor old VC10 looking all unloved and suffering from the elements - it is certainly a shame that no room can be found under cover. I only flew twice as a passenger in one in 1967 returning home from Dubai for some leave and then back to duty two weeks later. Quite the most comfortable aircraft I have ever travelled in.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

I love all these shots (as you might have guessed). Do I spy a comet? That VC10 is a sad sight, the elements have certainly giving her a beating



This is awesome, love it! I heard the panels on these things didn't fit correctly when they were on the ground but once up in the air things expanded and everything was snug, I can imagine refuelling on the ground would have been a problem.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

A great set of images Chris, and it looks like you had a great time which it is all about.

I usually go to the RAF museum at Cosford which is quite near to me but I'd say you have a wider range of aircraft there and I must make the effort to visit it.

I usually end up cheating and replacing the backgrounds in the hanger shots.
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Looks like a great day out Chris which produced some super images. I was thinking only the other day that I must go to Duxford as I haven't been for 5 years or more. You've set a challenging benchmark though

I really like the B & W Blackbird, assuming that is what it is, as the treatment suits the subject superbly. Like you I also like the shape and tones in the fuselage section shot.

I agree with your notion of going with limited kit. A great way of forcing yourself to look at the image possibilities rather than fiiddling with kit all the time.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Great set of images!
I've been in Duxford for two days a year ago - and at least now I know what all I've missed in the new hangar -which I did not even enter. Okay, was there for the airshow in the first place ...

Your SR-71 shots are all great! I stood there and struggled with my 17,5-45 but to no avail! The B&W one looks really UFO-like - could be a StarWars 'Naboo' ship maybe

I wanted to take a 3D-photo of that impressive Sea Vixen and I certainly remember that I was hardly able to step back far enough, to get it all into the frame.

The 7-14 seems to be a very very good choice for all the hangar photography. You were obviously able to handle the low light conditions pretty well with it, too.

Thanks for showing!
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Great set, Chris, your choice of lens worked really well. I love the B&W, together with the wide-angle distortion it really emphasizes the futuristic shape of the plane.
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

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This is awesome, love it! I heard the panels on these things didn't fit correctly when they were on the ground but once up in the air things expanded and everything was snug, I can imagine refuelling on the ground would have been a problem.
That's right it was designed that way. Some years ago I visited Farnborough as a guest of Lockheed. To give some idea the 757 was just entering service and the SR71 was still operational - can't remember the year. I had the oppportunity to stand right next to a Blackbird and talk to the pilot. Apparently he was strapped in before refuelling, during which fuel poured out of the gaps. They then had to tow it away quickly, fire up the engines and go before the leaking fuel caught light.

Amazing aircraft and you have done it proud.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

I went there a few years ago with the children and they all enjoyed the day out, despite it being a cold and slightly damp day. The VC10 and prototype Concorde are great and the US exhibition is very impressive. You would have thought they would keep the VC10 clean though!

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

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...I only flew twice as a passenger in one in 1967...
Ray,

Probably the same one I was flying on a couple of years ago!



Chris,

I do like the blackbird angle - definitely different.

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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Hi Chris
Firstly as this is in looking for perfection IMHO you have used the 7-14 brilliantly to isolate individual aircrft from the clutter that is Duxford yet still conveyed the enormous size of this great collection. I have to disagree slightly with Cathrine, the nose of the Sea Vixen really is that big. A beautiful series of images of excellent composition and a range of styles to maintain interest in a long series.
Secondly this post has brought back many memories. Flying gliders using car towing on the runway at Duxford before the IWM moved in,we kept our aircraft in those WWI hangars with the unique wooden roof trusses. Sharing the cicuit at Stansted with the DeHaviland Dove G-ALFU of the CAA (shot 10) when I was training for my private pilots licence. Finally the beautiful VC10,I made many of my early business trips on these. Others have commented on the current state of the VC10. It should be remembered that the civil aircraft at Duxford are not actually part of the IWM collection and are preserved by the Duxford Aviation Society a group of dedicated volunteers. I'm sure they have a plan for further renovation.

Thanks for a very interesting post.
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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

Thanks to you all for your helpful feedback which is much appreciated. I am pleased that it seems that the rather extreme B&W conversion has proved to be popular . It was fun to do and something a little different for me,giving me a way of using a shot that suffered from a rather bright background.

Cathrine, as mentioned, the Sea Vixen does have a rather large nose that made it perfect to be exaggerated by the 7-14mm.

Ray, how wonderful to hear than you too had the pleasure of flying the VC-10. I like yourself remember it as such a comfortable plane to fly in. What push in the back it gave you on takeoff when those 4 Conways were throttled up.

Garrie, there is nothing wrong with your eyes, the Comet has been very nicely restored and looks superb.

Paul, I have never been to Cosford, it was very much on my list so I must go thanks for reminding me. They are in my bad books though after they cut up the BA VC-10 they had! I hope they will be kinder to the RAF VC-10 they are due to receive when the RAF retire the fleet.

Hec, it really was a challenge for me to make myself walk round with a body and a lens. I quite missed the pain in my back of carrying around too much kit!

Falk, I can understand how 2 days could be swallowed up, a day never seems long enough.

Jim, how interesting to read your story about the Blackbird. It confirms what I had heard about them leaking fuel until the airframe expanded in flight.

Ian don't get me started on the state of the VC-10! I need to win the lottery and then I could pay for a repaint!

Pete, really interesting to read of your memories of the Dove such a good looking aeroplane. I must admit that I did not realise that the civil aircraft were looked after by the DAS. I do hope there is a plan because the BAC1-11 looks to be in a dreadful state. It makes the VC-10 look pristine.

Thanks again for all your comments and aviation memories, apologies from me for taking a while to get back to you all.

Cheers

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... before refuelling, during which fuel poured out of the gaps. They then had to tow it away quickly, fire up the engines and go before the leaking fuel caught light.
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