Combat Air Museum-Topeka, KS

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    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...!, nikonfrdman, and 38 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Mega-Magpie 45 months ago | reply

      Great shot, very nicely done!

    2. SteveFE 45 months ago | reply

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

    3. Fish as art 45 months ago | reply

      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.

    4. Rbowl 44 months ago | reply

      This is a great shot!

    5. rockysan 44 months ago | reply

      Spectacular image. Wow.

    6. JohnVPhotos 44 months ago | reply

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

    7. Topeeka 44 months ago | reply

      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.

    8. JohnVPhotos 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the email. Why not a full stop increments? Just curious.

    9. Topeeka 44 months ago | reply

      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.

    10. JohnVPhotos 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I'm more of a stitcher than I am a HDRer... Good to know!

    11. Mr Deak [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

      Everything about this is terrific. Thanks for the detailed explination

    12. thefisch1 42 months ago | reply

      I like this photo.
      Nice work.
      the fisch

    13. New Yorkled 36 months ago | reply

      Most Excellent!!!

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

      Please Keep Posting! :-)

      Our Contest is now open for Posting !

    14. Vick Sahota 32 months ago | reply

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

    15. gpholtz 15 months ago | reply

      Completely awesome, professional ! One of the best photographs I've ever seen !

    16. airplaneguy38 15 months ago | reply

      great shot. looks like the museum has improved since I was there is 2005.

    17. thegreatlandoni 2 months ago | reply

      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.

    18. Derek Drudge 2 weeks ago | reply

      Beautiful work and great info!

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