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Copyright: Kurt Popovich (KurtPop) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 285 W: 51 N: 342] (1059)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-18
Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment
Camera: CANON EOS60D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS, 58mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-19 20:20
Viewed: 1517
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the 54th annual Chicago Air and Water show. This is a shot of the blue angels. I'm not into aviation a whole lot, but wanted to try and make it out to the show this year and try to get some good shots. Unfortunately, I didn't have my monopod, but I did end up taking about 400 shots all together.

I cropped the photo significantly. I used Nik define to reduce any noise. I then used Nik Viveza and create control points around the sky and increased the brightness and vibrancy. I created control points around the aircraft and increased the vibrancy and brightness as well. Finally I used Nik Sharpener to increase the sharpness on the image overall.

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Awesome capture of the Blue Angels! Love the formation with their tailhooks and landing gear down. Great lightign and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors with good saturation. Well done, tfs.

This is just a fantastic capture, Kurt!

Like the details you managed to fetch in this shot.
The contrast against a deep blue sky is superb and colors are original.
Light and exposure are also well handled.
Nice work.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-08-20 5:40]

Hi Kurt.

I so like the light bouncing off the tops of these flyers, the livery colours are so exciting. The angle you took this and the fact the wheeels are down give this much intrigue and appeal, very well seen and taken. tfs

stv ;o))

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-08-20 6:54]

Hi Kurt
Well done capturing this formation ! Nicely seen and composed. Good strong details and well presented. TFS Julie

Hi Kurt,
Very nice action shot of the Blue Angels formation,
Nice shot, clear & sharp details,
good colors , contrast & light,
very well done.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2012-08-21 11:04]

Nice shot of the tight formation of Blue Angels. They are a thrill to watch.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-08-23 15:06]

A great capture of the Blue Angels in Chicago with the apparently midday lighting working well here flying in step formation. Strong saturation and good detail on the aircraft.

I did not get a chance to go downtown to shoot them, but where we live south of the city I saw the #6 doing its famous fast fly in to join the main four group.

Very Nicely Don


Hi Kurt..nice shot of the Blue Angels. Excellent focus and exposure. Good work.


Bom dia Kurt,
Impresses me much clarity and rigor of this photo composition.
An excellent job.
Have a nice day.

Hello Kurt! Amazing four musqqueteers! Good shot. Perfect background. Dangerous effect. Perfect take. Well done!

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