Hopefully the pilot was already after his lunch break, it was taken during my lunch break, photo taken mostly out of boredom without much of a purpose, just to kill time, a pretty picture as some may call it ;-)
Toronto has 3 airports, one international (even though recently expanded still doesn't meet the demand, a complete mess if you ask me), smaller one for domestic short distance commercial flights, and the one where this photo was taken, Buttonville Airport, hosting mostly small personal planes. Here you can take private pilot classes, park your plane if you have one etc etc.
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jinbo (319) 2005-10-27 22:03
I like it. It has a mood in it. heavy, depressing but with a hope. There is nothing wrong with the tech part of this photo. you have done well enough.
don_narayan (2014) 2005-10-27 22:08
Hi Peter. This is great. the b/w is amazing, makes the photo quite intense. this old style plane and the b/w make it feel like something from an era long gone. great timing too. well done.
umbrellaphotos (1901) 2005-10-27 22:44
A very nice shot, and very appropriate for black and white. A nice composition, and a nice subject matter. Good job on the metering!
vapours (8264) 2005-10-27 22:58
Great shot, such amazing atmosphere you've presented here as the plane heads towards the dark clouds.
Cormac (26563) 2005-10-27 23:14
I like this a lot. The black & white treatment works very well, emphasizing the shapes. I also like the darkness in the shot - very heavy sky and the similarly dark ground. It's amazing how a simple composition can work so well. Great work!
Galeota (10338) 2005-10-28 0:38
Yes Peter, pretty picture ;o)). I find that this one carries the same desillusion as in your pollution related photographs. A piece of urban landscape under a heavy cloudy sky leaving no place to breathe. The tones and the use of grain are well balanced. A very good photograph in terms of composition, if you ask me.
rosiegirl (1596) 2005-10-28 1:06
I like it- the tone you put on it is nice. It feels like an old war picture with the plane and its propeller caught so still. The far power lines add some interest to this. Nice work.
tjanze (5674) 2005-10-28 3:04
Good B&W efect.Photo looks like from 2nd world war.I like the angle of view and depth of field.
Luan (12971) 2005-10-28 3:22
this image makes me think of the movie Pearl Harbour, your B&W is beautiful, it gives a very old and authentic style to this compo. The sky is threatening and fantastic.
Furachan (0) 2005-10-28 3:24
Pretty or not (and I KNOW where all this is coming from in the Forum), this is a stunning shot, Peter. Very moving, very cinematic. sure, as Gal points out there is your dark, looming aesthetic at work here but it doesn't in any way detract from the excellent composition.
Ok, here's what I see: a wartime scene. A Spitfire scrambling for the skies during the Battle of Britain. A freezeframe from The War Lover with Steve McQueen, ya know?
It's just brilliant, man, what can I say?
michel_r (1118) 2005-10-28 8:14
i thpought from the thumbnail it was a WWII picture and wondered how you could have taken that. Quite well done, although i would have prefered the plane a bit more down. As usual, you have build quite an atmosphere with this picture Peter.
sohrab (7439) 2005-10-28 9:01
this is indeed a pretty photograph..
but it's not like one of the those superficial pretty photographs for me..
i guess it's to do with a mood that you've captured here..
ironically for me this photograph feels like a blend of eugene smith and paolo nozolino in luko's lith tone..
take care :)
gringofil (0) 2005-10-28 10:06
Hehehe...didn't notice you had it up here as well. Yes, a pretty picture indeed. The thing I like the most here is the fact that you managed to make it look gritty...real good B&W conversion I must say. Also, the dynamic range is excellent on your Olympus, the details in the runway are very important to the composition I think. This is cool.
And, Peter, stop posting these f*****g pretty pictures, mate, they're damn boring! ;-)
jcandeli (40) 2005-10-28 10:40
wow. Very moody shot! Love the lighting. Very dark but it works perfectly. I am not sure why the frame is thicker at the bottom. Just an observation. Nice job. JP
AnimeshRay (9089) 2005-10-28 11:21
Very simple, yet very moody. The composition is strong, the black and white rendition is fine. Love the play of light and the sense of lonliness and parting it creates.
jinju (14265) 2005-10-29 3:40
What a spin you put on it. And here I was thinking these sorts of places dont have much to offer in terms of dramatic photography unless something dramatic happens. And yet here, you take this ugly place and turn it into something dramatic and beautiful. The propellar makes this photo work. The thing has a 1930s feel to it in how its shot (grainy, dark, moody b/w) and a jet would just ruin the efect. The propellar is just perfect.
rowanb (864) 2005-10-29 5:36
very cool peter! your PP gives it a bit of a depressing feel, like they're flying into a storm or something. has a good feel to it. composition works well. well done
ishai (4097) 2005-10-29 9:50
I like it, Peter
It reminds me of old days something from the period of the war
I like the motion here the taking off
I also like the dramatic clouds and the fact that there is no reference to time in this image it could be an old image
robiuk (10807) 2005-10-29 18:12
Just had a look at your recent pics - and critiques received... and was irritated hugely by some members' having a wa_k over compositional details and rules... I think you've been doing just great without their 'royal' patronizing!
Anyway, what I really wanted is to say how this shot is strong and full of drama, and your PP-ing on clouds is fantastic!
A split second later, and the plane would not be in such a high contrast against the sky.
Elise_d (1943) 2005-10-30 7:25
An outstanding picture Peter. Not as much about what we see but about the feelins that comes from it. This is not a picture about airport. For me, it's about environment, speed, fuel consumption, people moving around, etc.
So, you're working near the airport ?
maciekda (19895) 2005-10-31 5:19
very nice image Peter, great mood here, it looks like a photo from 50s, very good composition, interesting post-processing, doesnt look like a digital photo, good stuff
flydragon (0) 2005-10-31 5:31
i saw this picture many time
now i have time to comment
what to say ;o)
this is awesome
i love this vertical composition
those big dark clouds are beautifull
a very nice picture
sory green later
bnallama (3763) 2005-10-31 11:52
Peter, just short note to say that this is an intense shot! Such a lovely shot with so many few elements... the heavy sky, the lost plane and the poles in the horizone.. a nice one.
dolin (15703) 2005-11-01 11:16
J'aime beaucoup le résultat de ce passage en n/b.
Le ciel est magnifique et la position de cette avion et ce contraste sont superbe.
Exellente atmosphère que tu as réussi à reproduire ici.
Sorry for the french note
carobnica (1336) 2005-11-03 8:09
wow you really showed us a quite unusal vision of this motive.
the vertical composition is great...it strech our eye from sky to bottom.
I also think that you made a really good atmospher with this weight that upper part of the photo has...like the sky and the plain will fall on the earth...
and great and beautiful contrasts.
xavshot (69835) 2005-11-04 15:00
je découvre ta galerie et je sens que je vais passer un bon moment. Cette photo me plait beaucoup. Très belle utilisation du N&B. Le cadrage et le sujet sont superbe
Bravo et à bientôt
eco (112) 2005-11-07 5:33
¶wietne zdjêcie, doskona³a kompozycja i to bw :) drapie¿ne, cie¿ki bardzo mi siê podoba ten klimat, a ziarenko... pierwsza klasa, du¿e brawa za to zdjêcie, pozdrawiam, rafal
tontonjc (6623) 2005-11-09 14:28
Belle image et pp en noir blanc superbe.
De beaux détails et un grain splendide.
BAKO (1689) 2005-11-09 15:37
I agree with Narayan, really looks like world war 2.
gebala (0) 2005-11-10 15:12
witaj, jakze sie ciesze, ze trafilam na twoja galerie, gdybys mojego zdjecia nie ocenil nadal nie widzialambym tak cudownych prac, znakomite mocne zdjecie, znakomita technika, pieknie,
oochappan (16582) 2005-11-11 14:25
A fine B&W shot with a slight sepia or rose undertone in the shot, normally I see all in colors for joy but know there are very diffrant approaches as well from myself that I can appreciate, here for the dramatic impression by the deep contrast textured sky.
Thks for ur remark as well, maybe so true.
Luko (14000) 2005-11-27 13:32
when i opened your mage i immediatley thought about a WWII P51, taking off for a mission over germany. True what many people wrote : I can almost see italic characters advertising for signing into the AirForce.
I think Sohrab has it right, and you too, if you actually wanted to emulate lith priting, that's very convincing. Perhaps some details about your digital technique? will there be Peter's lith script ;) ?