Sitting Pretty

Here’s another shot taken in 2008 at the Wings Over Houston air show, processed as a three-shot HDR merge using Photomatix Pro. I took all three shots hand-held using a High Speed HDR technique I learned a few years back.

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty – Houston, Texas
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens hand-held. The three exposures used for this HDR image were taken at 17mm and f11 at ISO 200 using a B&W circular polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta & Photomatix Pro. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Precision Flying

Here’s another shot taken in 2008 at the Wings Over Houston air show, processed much the same as explained in my previous post. Takes some kind of skill to fly this close and inverted. A real treat to watch and photograph.

Hint: I used Alien Skin’s Bokeh plug-in for Photoshop to smooth the desaturated blue background. This incredible little plug-in is a great way to reduce color noise in your images, especially in the blue sky. This technique makes your subject “pop” and look really sharp when compared to the smooth, even tones in the background.

Precision

Precision – Houston, Texas
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f8 for 1/750th of a second at ISO 100 using a B&W circular polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta & Adobe Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

It’s Air Show Time Again!

It’s that time of year again and we’re praying for the rain to stop before sunrise on Saturday. This year is a special treat for local photographers at the Wings Over Houston air show since they’ve finally set aside space for shooters and arranged for some flight line passes to be available. I guess my bitching griping must have worked!

Mustang - Wings Over Houston 2008

Mustang – Wings Over Houston 2008
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on shutter priority (Tv) using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300m, f/6.7 for 1/500th of a second using a B&W circular polarizer at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Aviation Photography – Tight Turn

Here’s another shot taken last fall at the Wings Over Houston air show. This Navy FA-18 Hornet was making a really tight turn when I caught it pulling some major g’s in the corner.

Tight Turn

Tight Turn
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D set on shutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/9.5 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Aircraft Photography – A Little Grunge

Here’s another aircraft image taken last fall at the Wings Over Houston air show that I liked but never could decide how best to present. I’ve always liked the “grunge” look ever since I saw some of Dave Hill’s incredible work and found a grunge tutorial on Jeff Revell’s blog describing a simple Photoshop technique to achieve similar results.

Gunship Grunge

Grunge Gunship
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D set on shutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/11 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Aircraft Photography – The C17

Here’s one final image taken from last October’s Wings Over Houston air show. I processed this in Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters to increase the contrast and saturation.

C17

C17
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shots taken with a Canon EOS 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 17mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Aircraft Photography – More Reds and Blues

Here are a few more “abstract” images taken last fall at the Wings Over Houston air show. There’s nothing better than a bright red and a deep blue. Have a great weekend!

Oracle Red

Oracle Red
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at f/5.6 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Coast Guard Rescue

Coast Guard Rescue
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at f/5.6 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Bluebonnet Belle

Bluebonnet Belle
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 50mm, f/9.5 for 1/45th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Aircraft Photography – Colors and Textures

Walking around the tarmac during the Wings Over Houston air show last October was a visual feast for the eyes. The colors and textures found on the different aircraft were fun to capture. Looking at these images makes me long for some sunshine and warmer weather.

Aircraft Colors and Textures

Colors and Textures
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 17mm, f/8 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.