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"Falcon" Thunderbird

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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: 2011-08-21
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Canon REBEL XTi, Canon EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS, 58mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-23 6:07
Viewed: 1484
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know very little about naval aircraft, but I'm pretty sure this is an F-16 "Falcon" Thunderbird, correct me if I'm wrong Lab or Eleu.

I captured this from the Gary-Chicago International Airport as all of the planes from the Chicago Air and Water Show touched down here. He was taxing in from a landing. I have many shots from here, some of the planes I will need help identifying.

PP Work=
I made a layer of the sky and added vibrance and balanced the color. I also cropped out the pathway that was showing at the bottom of the frame. I used a monopod for this shot as well.

As always any feedback is always appreciated.

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To mvdisco: Thank youKurtPop 1 08-23 06:55
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Hi Kurt,
A nice point of view of the number 6 of the f-16 Falcon Thunderbird,
a sharp and clear picture in action shot,
Excellent details and beautiful colors,
a well done picture,

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-08-23 6:31]

Hi Kurt,
Nice photo. You've captured the details and pilot beautifully ! Nice natural colors and good lighting. Good POV. TFS Julie

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-08-23 6:40]
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You got it right it is a F-16 Falcon. Fine details on this taxing aircraft - good POV and a tough shot with the angle of the sunlight that still comes through.


PS: I would have liked to shoot the Chicago Air/Water Show but I had the Glenn Miller concert on Sunday.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-08-23 6:53]

Hi Kurt,
A fine capture of this F-16 Falcon adrned with splendid lighting. A very sharp image where one can appreciate the tender bodywork of this fabulous aircraft/fighter.
Great light management and very natural colors.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Kurt

You have it right about it being an F-16. Only the the airforce fly's this model. The Navy uses mainly the f-18 from the deck of their carriers. Like Eleu....I would concentrate on getting images of the aircraft in the air. For a good example of aircraft shots, go to airliners.net. your image is sharp enough, has good color saturation, just that the lighting is all wrong. You can see hard shadows across the aircraft. Try and position yourself for better lighting in the future. Some photgraphers once they have found there favorite spot............will wait for hours to get the money shots. have a nice day


Very nice capture of this Thunderbird! I saw them practicing at Nellis Air Force Base yesterday. Didn't get any decent picture though. Great lighting with good pov and dof. Well done, tfs.

A wonderful capture from a naval aircraft with amazing details, Kurt!

Like the light in this case and the partly shown shadows as well.
The picture is razor-sharp and clarity is nice.

Great colors in this well caught moment!

Best regards,

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-08-23 23:25]

Hi Kurt...
A wonderful capture from a naval aircraft with amazing details..

Hello Kurt, Nice shot of this beautiful bird (Falcon F-16), that's some thing which I call an action shot, ready to roar and touch the sky.... :) perfect POV, nice sharp colors & DOF.


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-09-16 2:40]

Hello Kurt,
It's a beautiful day light shot. Good decision to make sky a little darker else it'd supress the gorgeous F-16. Excellent presentation in panoramic frame. Well done my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,

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