Here is another plane I was able to get real close to at the Abbotsford Airshow.
Its the F8F BearCat, nicknamed The Bear. Its a single engine fighter plane from the mid 1940's.
When you see this plane upclose and personal, you get to know quickly why its called the Bear. Its quite stalky and packs a punch.
It was so much fun using the wide angle to get this shot. Its hard to tell from the photo, but i'm basically sitting on the runway directly below the white star. The lens is able to capture the wing on the acute angle.
I got into a little bit of trouble for taking this photo. As part of the photography team, we were led around the planes by a group leader. Because i'm using a wide angle lens I had to get up close to the planes whereas the other photographers mostly used midrange lenses.
Therefore I had to stay at the back of the pack, and we were not allowed to get inbehind the planes or stand too close by the wings - but thats exactly what I did to get my photos :)
Needless to say the leader got a bit mad at me a couple of times...oops!
Perhaps I won't be welcomed back next year haha
Even though I now alot of TE members don't enjoy photos of planes, I still hope you appreciate the photogarphy side of it.
thanks for looking
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danos (88819) 2014-08-12 22:53
very nice the close up view of the old airplane with its left jeather to looks so huge.I like the excellent light and colour management as the presetation too.
emka (82506) 2014-08-12 23:06
Hi Craig, I appreciate the photography of it and imagine your excitement by doing it. And what a unique experience to come so close to these airplanes. Nice story as always.
Warm regrad s MAlgo
jemaflor (87291) 2014-08-12 23:09
Very good visual impact with this wing and the wide angle effect, light is well managed too, tfs.
jjcordier (77816) 2014-08-12 23:15
J'aime le choix de cadrage et de ton très grand angle....un peu moins la prise à contre-jour.
pajaran (53680) 2014-08-13 4:02
Interesantan tekst o straom avionu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na avion i pistu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan avion.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Lep stari avion.
U Srbiji, u Beogradu ima muzej aviona.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the old plane with a description ...
Nice view of the aircraft and the runway ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown plane.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Nice old plane.
In Serbia, Belgrade has a museum aircraft.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
snunney (87242) 2014-08-13 4:03
The contre-jour treatment suits the subject perfectly. Good choice also of the wide angle to heighten the dynamics.
williewhistler (14995) 2014-08-13 4:39
so far I have resisted the temptation to indulge in the 8-16 lens,however after seeing this nicely composed shot I might have to reconsider...
As you note it does mean getting the view point just right which you have done ever so well here,the shapes are so dynamic against an interesting sky.
All the best Les.
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-08-13 5:21
I love how you have been able to get up close, having a real affect on the wings; they look (well, this one does) like huge butterfly wings, almost disproportionally large to the size of the vehicle.
The shot is very well composed, the wing on a diagonal and meeting the fuselage on the thirds line.
You see, I can appreciate the photographer, if not necessarily the plane!
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-13 5:51
pushing boundaries and limits again here I see. Naughty boy! Was worth it though because this is an effective and creative take on this old war bird. This shot makes it look like it flaps its wings to get airborne rather than noisily hurtling along the runway. Love it!
Regards - B.
Sergiom (63901) 2014-08-13 6:35
J'aime bien l'angle de la prise de vue.Il donne de l'ampleur à l'aile tout en rapetissant le corps de l'appareil. Une très bonne gestion de la lumière très difficile.
ktanska (25301) 2014-08-13 11:52
Such and extreme wide angle requires very careful framing to look successful. And here you have it, wingtip reaching towards top left. Yes, I can imagine how the style didn't fit with other photographeres. And you had to wait your turn, otherwise you would have squatted over there ruining everyone else's photos. That white star gives a good focal point on the shady underside.
carlo62 (36065) 2014-08-13 15:36
non sono un appassionato di aerei, ma questa foto è bella a prescindere dal soggetto.
La prospettiva spinta dal grandangolo è bella e interessante, attira l'attenzione.
jcpix (13724) 2014-08-13 19:59
Hey there you rebel,
Just can't see to follow instructions it would seem, eh? :) Well, your hanging out at the back of the pack has paid dividends, even if it did come at the cost of getting some "stink eyes" and verbal abuse. :)
Single engine? Looks like single wing too...does this thing just fly in circles, where's the other one?? lol This acute angle you pointed out really gives us a fun, and even unique perspective.
I also really like how the star and stripes stands out so boldly in this counter light positioning, the heavy contrast works in your favor here....and that kiss of sunlight on the propeller blades is pretty sweet.
Now back in line mister, no more cherry pickin'...or you won't be invited back! Another cool shot, and great idea to take that wing all the way to the corner of the frame, stretching the view. Have a good one. Take it easy. Over and out.
SnapRJW (31621) 2014-08-16 23:58
Hello Craig - I love the way you have used the frame here, your WA lens has worked its magic to give a real punch to the subject and the strong lines really make an impact. My only slight negative is I would like to see a little more detail in the underside of the wing. I did a quick WS, I hope you don't mind.
Have a great Sunday
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (58782)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-09
- Categories: Transportation, Event
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/315 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-12 22:44