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Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 by Daniel-Wales-Images Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 by Daniel-Wales-Images
Flying Legends 2014
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful aircraft. :dance:
Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
This is another fine study and I note it is an update too which begs the question - what did you do?
I assume its some post tweaking and I have to say that your grip on post work equals your camera skill as the lighting is so natural
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2015   Photographer
Like most skills learned in life, the more you put into photography, the better you get at it. The trouble with that is when looking back at older images you realise that they don't look quite as good as you once thought they did. This could be for any number of reasons, be it that you lacked the skills with the camera or lacked the skill in post processing.

Frustratingly for me, my mind works in a way that does not allow me to settle for the fact that this was then and now is now, so as my skills have progressed it irritates me that those images could have been better. If it was skill with the camera that was the problem there is not much I can do about it and I end up deleting a lot of images, but for those images that are good but badly processed, or just not as well processed as I would do now, I tend to go back and fix the problems. As you can imagine this is time consuming and I couldn't possibly do it during the airshow season, so I tend to use the winter periods to clean up the mess so to speak.

It is particularly a problem this year for me, as I have recently upgraded to the most modern version of photoshop and it is a vast improvement over Elements 8 which I was using in the past, meaning almost my entire gallery shot prior to this season could possibly do with an overhaul, and that is something like 3000 images. Of course I'm not stupid and I know that the majority are still to a good standard so I will leave many, but there is still a lot of work to do over the winter to get my gallery looking as good as I would like it to. Especially when some of those images are of aircraft we are not able to see now such as the Hellcat and Sabre etc. Hopefully for those that like them, it gives my watchers a chance to see older images that they may have missed and aircraft they may have missed too.

Anyway, for this particular photograph, it was the processing I was not happy with. I was not happy with the colour correction, contrast or the fact that I had over sharpened the image causing too many jagged edges. I think the image looks a lot more natural now rather than processed, which of course is the key to good processing. I try to do just enough to capture what the eye would see, but not too much to make it look unreal. Of course I guess to many, the changes I've made may be subtle but to me the problems stick out like a sore thumb, I guess that will always be the way an artist sees his work.
Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Certainly looks natural ;)

Looking back over work is an education sometimes to say the least and it works both ways with me. I look at work which I was very happy with at the time but now a glaring great render mistake or something hits me in the face. At other times I have had to go back and disect the work to find out exactly how I went about an effect or other because I can't duplicate it.

Anyway, isn't it our mistakes or history that define us or something ?
warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Nice one, have seen that plane myself once :)
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great looking plane
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Submitted on
July 18, 2014
Image Size
6.5 MB


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Camera Data

Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
1/166 second
Focal Length
183 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 12, 2014, 5:34:46 PM
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 (Windows)
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