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Tuesday, 13 September 2016


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I appreciated your processing discussion. Do you use the dehaze slider much?

My experience with aerial photography was limited to the time when I was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. And then we had to make rather dull looking collages of aerial maps.

Dave - as always, beautiful images and, I must emphasise, great writing! You must give yourself more credit :-) Cheers

Did you fly under, through, or climb over that thunderstorm in Nebraska? Hold on....

I really enjoyed both segments, and all the samples. Your enthusiasm is catching and now I want to try getting better shadows with my regular photos. Your low-pitch curve sounds interesting just as a way to get more subtle shadows with detail.

I love David's photos of the clouds and sky and our earth way down below, I think because I'm stuck on this side of the atmosphere. So, is anyone interested in printing a couple of these up for (another) TOP print offer?

Many thanks for posting David's thoughts and experiences. Fascinating to a landlubber. As a very frequent business flyer, it has never dawned on me that the white-shirt guys in the cockpit could also be having fun with serious photography.

Hats off: https://pleasurephoto.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/photo-william-eggleston-drink-airplane/

WOW!!! The second one (Thunderstorm over Nebraska) is just fantastic!!! The composition is stunning.

Your images are magnificent, David. Nice compositions and good choices of moments! I do not envy your job but I certainly envy some of the scenes you witness from your office. Mike ought to hold a print sale of a couple of your images before Christmas. (Really, Mike.)

More substantially, however, your spirit of photography is excellent. The simple, sheer joy of just seeing is a sometimes-forgotten backbone of excellence in the medium.

Wonderful! Thanks for writing! I never thought of your job as: "doing a job that, when done right, leaves no trace and little memory" but it is so true. More of us should aspire to the same in our jobs (and lives, for that matter!)

Really enjoyed these two posts. Thanks for sharing your experience David.

Thanks again for all the nice comments everyone. I checked the links to your portfolios and you all take amazing pics. That's why I love TOP so much, great photographers having a thoughtful conversation. Maybe I can come up with another post someday?

Also, I need to thank Mike for his professional editing. I wish there was a Mike App that would automatically edit my every internet utterance. He found all the rough spots and sanded them flat.

And now to answer your questions...

Jack, I experimented with Lightroom's dehaze slider but I never found it useful on my aerial photos. I have used dehaze a few times in my other photography, but only locally to increase the contrast and sharpness in one small area. For me, Dehaze does too much stuff at once. It sharpens, adds contrast, and saturation. I like sliders that only do one thing at a time, that way I know what is going on. That's also why I often do two curves adjustments in Photoshop, one with the blend mode set to color, and the other with the blend set to luminosity. Aerial photos sometimes need extreme adjustments so I want to make sure nothing is going sideways.

Joe B, we went around those storms in Nebraska. The Airbus can only get up to 39,000 feet which wasn't high enough to get above those giant Nebraska storm cells. Over the central plains there isn't much air traffic so deviating around the high cloud tops is pretty easy. We ask Air Traffic Control for a heading change and they grant it.

Any photographer who can out himself as a flaneur and capture such marvelous images of "the greatest show off earth" has got my vote.

Well done!

I really enjoyed the two posts. I forwarded them to a friend who is a commercial pilot and he was wowed. My friend said he would like to know more about Mr.Raboin's post-processing. I told him it's a slippery slope...

By the way, the images of family on Mr. Raboin's website are exceptional.

Thank you,Mike, for featuring this talented photographer.

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