Hawker Hunter Tangmere Museum

The Shot

 

I visited here yesterday 29th September. Although this is only 5 miles from home I have never before “done it” photographically. Its full name is the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. It is located in the countryside on the outskirts of the small village of Tangmere near Chichester, West Sussex, UK. It is on the site of the famous Battle of Britain Airfield. A lot of the exhibits deal with its wartime history. There are 2 hangers where Photography is allowed.

 

The picture shows the Hawker Hunter Mark3 used to set the 1953 World Airspeed Record of 727.63 mph. I was especially interested in the patterns formed by the Hanger Skylights and their reflections on the wing. The HDR process avoids these appearing as burnt out highlights.

 

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

 

Photomatix

 

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for the Exif information and details of the settings used.

 

Photoshop

 

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. Layer masks used to exclude highlights

 

The spot healing brush with the content aware setting in CS5 was used to clear up some flare spots on the near wing.

 

Vibrance layer overall increase 40 points

 

Hue Saturation adjustment layer, saturation reds used to bring up the colour in the plane and Blues to bring up the colour in the Ceiling Girders and RAF Roundels.

 

Noiseware Pro

 

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening.

 

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening to the reflection on the wing and to increase the shine on the fuselage with low amount and high radius.

 

Resources

 

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

 

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Taken on September 29, 2011