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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

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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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

This is amazing! ;
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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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Re: Captain goes 7-14mm crazy at IWM Duxford

I love those shots.

I have been to the museum at Duxford many times and I found if you get a day off and go mid-week you can avoid the crowds and reallt take your time with your photography. I got chatting to one of the engineers last time who was restoring a hurricane and he really was fascinating. None of my shots came out so well though!

The SR-71 still looks like something from the future, despite being designed in the 1950's & 60's.

Wonderful.

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

Chris what a great set of shots - I feel as if I visited ! I LURVE the Blackbird in mono and the back view is awesome ! I must play with my 7-14 one day ! The clarity of each shot is great - as the choice of lens for the subjects!
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As I know Chris (and he knows that I love aircraft) I hope he won't mind a tiny little 'hijack' here.

Like many of you, I also love the SR-71 Blackbird, and have had the privilege of seeing one fly in display at Mildenhall in the days when the aircraft were operative.

I love this clip from YouTube - if you can get past the cheesy music (sorry Jean-michel Jarre!) it's a cracking bit of film which gives me goosebumps:


An awesome machine - and Chris has done it proud with some cracking good photos!

End of 'hijack'

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

Dear Thea,

What a great hijack, really enjoyed the video. There seem to be quite a few Blackbird fans so I did a little surfing and found this excellent website:

http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/

It has got pretty much everything,the genuine flying manual, pictures,wallpapers, flight simulators etc. Enter at your peril as it will soon be past your bedtime!

Cheers

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