Discussion in 'General Gallery' started by zulu42, Mar 17, 2020.
Thanks for looking. critique valued
How can one critique a photo of a P-51? She's like a supermodel: she makes every photo look good!
Very true, although I nearly blew my opportunity. I was shooting my 150-600mm lens at 1/200 with no VC(forgot which mode is for panning at the critical moment) and only one pass to get it right. Fired a burst, and only this one was in almost acceptable focus.
Anyone that would paint up a P51 like that would wear feathers to his mother’s funeral. Great images of an amazing aircraft, but that finish.... ugh!
Hmmm, eye of the beholder I guess. It is a race plane, so appropriately flashy IMO. Maybe it isn't apparent that the only paint on the airplane is the gold, and a little black, and the lettering. The bulk of the fuselage is highly polished aluminum with a mirror finish.
Ironic. Same thing happened to me last evening. Out shooting the local Osprey (bird) when some ducks took flight. I was lucky to get the shot and my wife says it is the best bird shot yet. Still, no P-51.
Shot number two may not be in "really sharp" Focus, but it is a panning shot and the feeling of movement is quite palpable. I think you got enough Focus to make the shot work.
I just painted a brand new Charger with the mirror chrome finish. I hate painting it but I know how to do it well and get paid pretty good to do it. Its a PITA...
So, back to the finish on this P-51. I don't think it's actually paint, but it's polished aluminum. Right? About 15 years ago there was a B-17 (???) fly over here and I got a few photos of a beautiful vintage aircraft with this same basic finish, which looked to me like highly polished aluminum which had been buffed to a fare-thee-well. Isn't that what this P-51 is finished in? I know about chrome paint, as a lot of Pacific Northwest fishing tackle is painted in Chrome paint and it looks quite good and is highly reflective and is mirror-like but this plane is polished aluminum, correct?
It probably is, like they used on those Air streams. Done that as well, we would polish the crap out of them, metal prep, invisible alodine, then put a polyurethane enamel clearcoat on them. Stupid money...
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