Combat Air Museum-Topeka, KS

Once a year, in order to make room in the hanger, some of the planes in the collection are rolled out onto the apron in front of the Museum. This allows space inside for the annual fund-raising Celebrity Pancake Breakfast.


I took advantage of this once a year opportunity to shoot this HDR Panoramic photo. It was taken from the top of a 12 foot step-ladder, using my Nikon D700 and a Sigma 17-35mm lens at the 17mm setting. The panorama consists of 8 panels and each panel was 'bracketed' for 7 shots. Each of those separate group of 7 images was processed with Photmatix HDR Pro...and then the 8 resulting photos were assembled using PhotoShopElements9 PhotoMerge option.


The dramatic clouds were just a lucky break on that morning...!

  • SteveFE 4y

    Brilliant result, well worth the effort! Definitely repays viewing at largest size (so you can see those MiGs as well!)
  • Paul Vecsei 4y

    The technical aspects of this shot are interesting and results are fantastic. I hate the mix of aircraft and wish image would have consisted of several more Vietnam era F4s. I also enjoy the detailed "how it was done" photos concerning this story.
  • Rhys Bowley 4y

    This is a great shot!
  • Greg 4y

    Spectacular image. Wow.
  • JohnVPhotos 4y

    Image is awesome. Thanks for the excellent write-up! How wide was the bracket? f-stop bracket that is.
  • Topeeka 4y

    JohnVito...I normally use a 7 exposure bracket, with f-stop increments of .7 stop..and that is what I did here... Depending on how the images look, at times I will only use a 5 exposure range.
  • JohnVPhotos 4y

    Thanks for the email. Why not a full stop increments? Just curious.
  • Topeeka 4y

    At times I have used full stop incremental bracketing, especially if there is an extremely wide range of light / dark interiors, for example. In this shot, I did not think it was needed as the general lighting was fairly uniform...a judgement call? Yes...

    Other times when I've used a larger number of bracketed shots, say 7...I've found that just using 5 (or only 3).. in my HDR (Photomatix) processing gives nearly identical resutls.
  • JohnVPhotos 4y

    Thanks! I'm more of a stitcher than I am a HDRer... Good to know!
  • Ray Deakin 4y

    Everything about this is terrific. Thanks for the detailed explination
  • L Fischer 4y

    I like this photo.
    Nice work.
    the fisch
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  • New Yorkled 3y

    Most Excellent!!!

    Thanks for posting your great image.
    Seen in New Yorkled State of Mind

    Please Keep Posting! :-)

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  • Vick Sahota 3y

    Wow I love this panorama the HDR process really brings out the details, definitely a great photo! Also thanks for that tutorial~
  • Steve Brooks 3y

    Great shot!
  • Guilherme Holtz 2y

    Completely awesome, professional ! One of the best photographs I've ever seen !
  • John Ford 2y

    great shot. looks like the museum has improved since I was there is 2005.
  • thegreatlandoni 6mo

    Fantastic photo ! ... You are a top notch photographer ! ... Like I said before, I'm just a simple man and former engineer so I take all my pix straight on.
  • Derek Drudge 4mo

    Beautiful work and great info!
  • rick soloway 17d

    Super shot.
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Taken on April 27, 2011
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