Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pic(k) of the week 39: MIKAEL CARLSONS FOKKER DR1 AT SUNSET (Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide)

Earlier in the month, I attended the Oldtimer Fliegertreffen, in Hahnweide, Germany. I'll be dedicating an entire post to this great vintage aircraft event later in the month, but meanwhile feel the need to share at least one image as a Pic(k) of the week!

The one that really makes the show is undoubtedly the Swede Mikael Carlson; an airline captain who has been attending the biannual Hahnweide Oldtimer Fliegertreffen, since 1991! 

Beside his amazing early 20th century Thulin A (licensed built Blériot XI) he normally also brings a second aircraft of the Mikael Carlons Flying Machines collection. This year it was the World War I replica of the Fokker Dr1 Triplane. This is not your average replica, but is almost an exact copy of the original WWI fighter just about 100 years ago! Amazing craftsmanship displayed by Mikael.

This was the type of aircraft, German WWI ace, Manfred Von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, flew during a large part of WWI.

Like previous years, Mikael flew just before sunset when the winds were calm and the air was more stable. An amazing sight and a moment I'll never forget!

In the image below I was attracted to the beautiful sunset light illuminating the bottom of the three wings as he took off from the grass runway in Southern Germany. 

Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide 2016

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF100-400 lens
ISO 800, 347mm, f9, 1/220s
RAW development in Lightroom CC
Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 for optimal contrast

For those X-photographers, new to the X-T2, the image below was shot using C shooting and Zone in AF mode with the following AF-C Custom setting:
  • Tracking Sensitivity 0
  • Speed Tracking Sensitivity 1
  • Zone Area Switching Auto

While I'm trying to find the time to blog about the Hahnweide event earlier in September, all of the images edited so far can be found here.

Lastly, I would like to finish with a quote of Manfred Von Richthofen, which is valid both for pilots as for photographers: "The quality of the box matter little. Succes depends on the man who sits in it".


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