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Douglas DC3 - Happy Birthday       ©2014 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       5th place, 133 points
1/5s, f3.2, ISO 200, ?, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Adjust brightness and contrast and selective Gaussian blur. Cloned out one small distraction.       Extra Info: The DC3 has to be one of the most successful planes in history. Total production of all variants was 16,079. Some of them are still flying in commercial service. This month is the 79th anniversary of the first flight of a DC3.
The aircraft in the photo was made in 1942. It ended it's career as a VIP transport for Goodyear who donated it to the museum in 1983. The engines are 1200HP Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasps.
 
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Mepo
Dec 8, 2014
    Thanks everyone for the comments and votes. I only wish I could have done a better job of showing off this beautiful old bird.

Lo
Dec 8, 2014
    You've caught the majesty of this great old bird - Congratulations

johncomyn
Dec 8, 2014
    Was my #1, well done!

Did you see the video dpreview did on the D750 hands on preview. They got some great high dynamic range shots of aircraft.

ysal
Dec 8, 2014
    My #3, I really like this shot.

mrsawyer
Dec 8, 2014
    This was my #2, but hey, 5th is good too! Congrats!!!

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Ronoz
Dec 8, 2014
    Good picture , I like the composition & framing, the link to the theme might be a bit of a stretch for some, but luckily I'm an aviation buff(nerd) so gets my vote.

SteveBee
Dec 7, 2014
    Very nostalgic. It would be nice if you could've found a shooting angle that didn't have the bright skylights right behind the propeller blades.

Lo
Dec 7, 2014
    I like the angle of the shot. You`ve done a beautiful job of post processing to achieve just the right level of detail and colour.

Elyod
Dec 7, 2014
    One of my favs, I like the sharp detail. They always looked bigger when I was young.

Mepo
Dec 6, 2014
    johncomyn. Thanks. Those skylights were a real pain as you can guess but I got to wondering if they were not better than having blue sky and clouds that would probably take away from the props - I guess I'll never know. The whole shot was a bit of a conundrum for me - I wanted to get a triple prop but couldn't find any that were this beautiful outdoors. Then there was the fact that it was a DC3 and I so admire that old bird.

johncomyn
Dec 6, 2014
    Keep coming back to this, might just make my #1. In thumbnail it's really great, full size those bright areas bug me a little.

Saying that, we sometimes view pictures a little too close on our monitors. Printed and mounted on a wall I'm sure it would be better.

johncomyn
Dec 6, 2014
    You have done very well with your exposure here, very tough subject to expose well. The only downside is the blown windows at the top, but that's just a small minus.

Mepo
Dec 6, 2014
    Thanks for the comments. ysal - I've never called an aircraft pretty but I'm glad you think this one is. I do refer to them in the feminine gender however which makes for some interesting comments when they don't respond as I think they should :-) As in real life it usually turns out that I'm the one at fault LOL

fc - These are not the normal engines, Goodyear upgraded them, however they still make that famous rock and roll sound when at idle.

Robert: I did take several of the engine alone but thought it had more meaning with some reference to it's famous hull. Goodyear made the aircraft gleam and the museum have kept it that way. I think she is one of the best looking examples still around and now, thanks to ysal I might even start thinking of her as pretty ;-)

RobertLavker
Dec 6, 2014
    Well done. At first I think that I would have cropped more of the fuselage in the front, which would emphasize the three blades; however, after reading the extra information, I sense that you wanted some of the Goodyear to show. BTW - thanks for all of the information, it really adds perspective to the image.

forkcandles
Dec 5, 2014
    well spotted with the link of the props to the theme.
the engines give the aircraft it unique noise signature

ysal
Dec 5, 2014
    Really great capture of a pretty aircraft. In my top 3.
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