Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 7: Powering the worlds largest airliner

Photographing the world largest airliner from an interesting perspective, has been a challenge for most Aviation photographers. Since I started flying the Airbus A380 more than a year ago, I've been on the lookout to find some interesting angles to photograph the big mama. 

One of them I've been wanting to try is shooting from a low angle, where it appears the aircraft is airborne even though the engines are clearly shut down. Having a clear, relatively flat horizon in an airport environment is often the biggest problem!

Finally things have come together and I'm pretty happy with the result of the image below. The black and white conversion seems to simplify the shot even more!

A380 Engine 3 and 4

Image details:
Fujifilm X-E1 with the 18-55 Fujinon 
ISO 200, 22mm (33mm full frame equivalent), f 9, 1/400s
RAW conversion in Lightroom 5.3
Photoshop CC for some Content Aware filling
Nik ColorEfex for Contrast adjustment
Nik SilverEfex for Black and White 

I believe the image deserves a place in my limited Aviation Portfolio

More Airline photography can be found here.

For those of you interested, the 4 engines on the A380 develop more than 280.000 pounds of thrust. 

Remember; "The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly" - G.K. Chesterton


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