Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pic(k) of the week 12: Aviation has come a long way...

For this weeks Pic(k) of the week, you get two images for the price of one!

2013 Pic(k) of the week 12: Aviation has come a long way
Both images of the "for its time, state of the art" 4 engine airliners, were shot during the same week. The cockpit of the 1950's BOAC Comet 2 airliner, was photographed at the small but interesting, Al Mahatta Aviation museum in Sharjah, UAE. While the lower image, an A380 flight-deck, was shot during my return flight from Hong Kong to Dubai.

Even though over the last 60 years, the basics of airline flying haven't changed that much , the technology and the number of people behind it surely has. While the Comet carried 40 passengers with a cockpit crew of 4, the 550 passenger A380 normally operates only with a captain and first-officer. 

The British built Comet, was the worlds first Jet airliner and this particular one (G-AMXA),was the first production Comet 2, that made its maiden flight on August 27, 1953. Almost 60 years ago! 

As most of you probably know, the flight-deck of the mighty double deck Airbus A380, is my office for the day (and night) job! Even though I shouldn't complain, in some ways, I regret not having lived half a century earlier, when apparently flying was more fun... I would have missed my digital photo gear however!

Image details:

Top image:
FujiFilm Sexy1 (X-E1) with the 18-55 lens
ISO 3200, 54mm, f3.6, 1/8s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.4.RC
Nik SilverEfex for Black and White conversion

Bottom image:
FujiFilm Sexy1 (X-E1) with the 14 2.8. lens
ISO 3200, 54mm, f2.8, 1/15s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.4.RC

Collage of images was made using the print module in Lightroom 4.4 RC

Remember, when sex was safe and flying was dangerous ?  Now it probably is the other way around...


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