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!
(Straight Out Of Camera)
Sigma 150-600mm C
- Exposure, contrast, shadows and whites raised
- Highlights and blacks lowered
- Raised clarity, vibrance and saturation
- Added a medium contrast tone curve
- HSL adjustments
- Noise reduction added
- Lens corrections turned on
That’s an awesome plane, and an even more awesome pilot, but the sky is super boring, lets try a change shall we?
Cropped into the plane,
Stole this sky from another photo and put it on a layer below the plane…
Masked out the boring sky on the top layer, exposing the jet…
Changed the levels for the sky to match the plane better…
Then changed the levels for the plane to match the sky better,
Rotated the plane a smidge…
Painted in a vignette,
Then blurred the vignette and lowered the opacity.
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.
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!