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Old 05-01-2014, 05:47 PM   #1241
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Thanks - I read that they're 131.9 million a piece, and that Luke Air Force Base is getting 144 of them
Imagine how much they would cost if we weren't getting a volume discount...
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:48 PM   #1242
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I don't think I can add that high.

How much of that is outsourced to foreign companies?

Been messing around in the studio, which I can't do with my glasses on. So now, guess what?
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Imagine how much they would cost if we weren't getting a volume discount...
True - prices are approx - pentagon negotiates prices with delivery of each batch

F-35 arrives at Glendale's Luke Air Force Base
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #1244
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I don't think I can add that high.

How much of that is outsourced to foreign companies?

Been messing around in the studio, which I can't do with my glasses on. So now, guess what?
"The F-35's nine partner countries are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Suppliers in all the partner countries are producing F-35 components for all aircraft, not just those for their country."

https://www.f35.com/global

You lost your glasses? How close was your backdrop behind the microphone/headset? I can't believe how black the background is
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:16 PM   #1245
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A b&w of an F35 Lightning
How did you get that shot without anyone in front of it? Going by the crowd it looks like an air show. Just ordinary patience? I found it almost impossible and resorted to a tripod and waiting until people moved around so I could remove them later. I did this one in Elements, I forget the procedure now but I'm sure "behind the scenes" it's doing layering and masking.

It's a composite of four different shots.
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Nice shot Walt! Looks like a P51 Mustang

Yes I had to wait about 20 minutes for the crowd in front of me to take photos of the F35, but they cleared out leaving me in the front- It was at the Luke Air Force Base air show in March
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Yes, it is a P51. That was at an air show in Martinsburg, WV four years ago. I love air shows but hate crowds so it's always mixed feelings going to one.
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All those awesome aircraft pics made me go dig into my old aircraft picture library.

All of those were taken in 1999/2000 with a basic SLR camera (Canon EOS 5000 equipped with a 70-300mm lens IIRC), on slide film, and then scanned with a HP photosmart S20 photo scanner so the quality of the digital copies is not that great.





Airplane spotting was such a great hobby!
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"The F-35's nine partner countries are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Suppliers in all the partner countries are producing F-35 components for all aircraft, not just those for their country."



https://www.f35.com/global



You lost your glasses? How close was your backdrop behind the microphone/headset? I can't believe how black the background is

Yes. But I found them. About three or four feet. It's a length of black cloth I use for backdrops.

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Originally, the photo included my iPad on a holder just beneath the mic, displaying sheet music. But, even using double exposures, I couldn't get the screen to look right.
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Nice images, FIREd - I can never get scans to look right.
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Airplane spotting was such a great hobby!
Still is, and those shots look great to me.

Martinsburg Airport also has a WV Air Guard Reserve air base there and they have C5 transport planes going in and out. (The airplane is HUGE!) I shot these from my back porch. They very rarely fly over the housing development but I like the photo ops when they do if I can see it coming.

In this case we were out on the back porch and I could see the landing lights but not the aircraft yet as it approached. Fortunately I already had the 55-300mm telephoto mounted.

And the sky really was that color.
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Originally, the photo included my iPad on a holder just beneath the mic, displaying sheet music. But, even using double exposures, I couldn't get the screen to look right.
Hmm. How about darkening the room entirely if possible, using a long exposure for the iPad screen, and then flash to light the headphones and mic all in the same exposure?
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Still is, and those shots look great to me.

Martinsburg Airport also has a WV Air Guard Reserve air base there and they have C5 transport planes going in and out. (The airplane is HUGE!) I shot these from my back porch. They very rarely fly over the housing development but I like the photo ops when they do if I can see it coming.

In this case we were out on the back porch and I could see the landing lights but not the aircraft yet as it approached. Fortunately I already had the 55-300mm telephoto mounted.

And the sky really was that color.

Nice shots! That aircraft is truly a behemoth!
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Hmm. How about darkening the room entirely if possible, using a long exposure for the iPad screen, and then flash to light the headphones and mic all in the same exposure?

I thought about it; the iPad screen appears to have polarization of some type. I got the exposure, but it still looked off. The screen showed uneven gradations in the photo. Could be the iPad was not completely 90 degrees to the camera, which caused the problems. I used f32 to get the right exposure for the mic, and that would make for a long timed exposure lol.
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Cool shot Ronstar.
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Reposting this because I realized -too late - the first I uploaded was too dark. It bugged me, and I couldn't go back and change it.


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That's an interesting object to light well. I doubt DW would want me to hang it on the wall though.
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It's the backbone of a sailcat. The back (other side) is similar to a Roman shield, you can see the crucifix in this image, and when you shake it, it rattles, sounding like dice in a cup. Hence the nickname: Crucifix Fish.
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Ah. It's interesting to learn the etymology of how that was named.
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Reposting this because I realized -too late - the first I uploaded was too dark. It bugged me, and I couldn't go back and change it.


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I like this version too. How did you set up the lighting?

In my small apartment, I don't have much room to store big studio lights, but I do have a small collapsible light box. I should play around with it more.
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