A tale of 3 images.

Part of the fun in digital photography from my point of view is editing the shots afterwards. For this blog I have chosen 3 images and processed them to produce a different effect on each image.

Mew Gull

Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF seen here taking off during the Sywell Airshow on 22nd August 2010. This iconic little aircraft now owned by the Real Aeroplane Company at Breighton in Yorkshire was taking part in a “mock” handicapped air race as part of the show. I really like this shot as it conveys the speed of the aircraft and it could have been taken at any time since it was built (airframe mods excepting). It illustrates the awful forwards view from the cockpit, the aircraft essentially being a flying fuel tank designed for flying from A to B as quickly as possible.

I have tried to wash out the shot as much as possible so that it has a period look. I’ve processed 2 more shots in slightly different ways


Its typical really. You spend ages composing a shot and then right at the last minute somone gets it the way! I’d like to think the Kestrel was in awe of the VC10 but seeing as he can hover and the VC10 cant I somehow doubt he was.
This shot was taken at RAF Brize Norton while the aircraft was being towed to the runway and I liked the contrast between the grey aircraft and bright yellow tug.

Processed to give the image a hard edge, it’s a little bit reminiscent of the Ladybird books from the 1970s. It’s a style I am keen to work on and improve.


The Queen of the Skies, especially in the SAR guise with the Royal Air Force, has been an uncommon participant at airshows over the past few years. It was a welcome surprise to see this example giving a role demo at the IWM Duxford Spring airshow in May last year. In this case I have tonemapped the image, which was taken into the sun, to bring out the colours.

It gives the impression that the image has been painted and, while its by no means a natural look, I quite like the effect it gives, especially on the clouds in the background.

I can appreciate that image manipulation like this, particularly Tonemapping and HDR isnt to everyone’s taste However I quite like some of the effects it produces. It turns the images from a record of the day to “art”

What do you think?


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