Here we are treated to a stunning display of piloting skills as a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is “Pitching Up” and heading for 65,000 feet at Mach 2.25!

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Sigma 150-600mm C
f/6.3
600mm
1100 ISO

 

Lightroomed

 

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  • Exposure, contrast, shadows and whites raised
  • Highlights and blacks lowered

 

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  • Raised clarity, vibrance and saturation

 

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  • Added a medium contrast tone curve

 

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  • HSL adjustments

 

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  • Sharpened
  • Noise reduction added
  • Lens corrections turned on

 

Photoshopped

That’s an awesome plane, and an even more awesome pilot, but the sky is super boring, lets try a change shall we?

 

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Cropped into the plane,

 

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Stole this sky from another photo and put it on a layer below the plane…

 

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Masked out the boring sky on the top layer, exposing the jet…

 

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Changed the levels for the sky to match the plane better…

 

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Then changed the levels for the plane to match the sky better,

 

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Rotated the plane a smidge…

 

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Painted in a vignette,

 

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Then blurred the vignette and lowered the opacity.

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Well I sat with that photo for a few hours, then I realized that the clouds shouldn’t be so in focus, plus separation between the clouds and the plane is nice, so I blurred the cloud layer a bit.

 

Final Thoughts

Here’s an example of when a 1000mm lens would come in handy. But good luck holding that for hours while eating greasy food and drinking beer!

 

Other Shots

 

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