aviation

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Back in the 1980s NASA developed and deployed a system to improve space to ground communications for both manned and unmanned space flight. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite took on the acronym TDRS (pronounced tee-dris) and remains highly successful in the transference of data...

Coming in for a Landing

As the summer season begins to fade I reflect back upon the great times experienced during these past months. One such time was my trip to Las Vegas in June. Yes, it was smoking hot in the middle of the desert with triple-digit temperatures each day, but the early mornings and nights were really awesome. During the midday hours we went from one air-conditioned venue to another to avoid the heat. The image below was one of the few taken during the glaring light of midday. I actually took this from my hotel room in the MGM Grand where I could see across to the McCarran International Airport, which made for some interesting sights with all of the aviation traffic.

Coming in for a Landing - Selective Color
Coming in for a Landing - Selective Color

A Delta Airlines flight with it's landing gear down approaches the runway after coming across the mountains in the background. The foreground structure is the hotel's parking garage. Notice there are no cars on the top level, likely avoided because no one wants to return to a vehicle with temperatures inside exceeding 120 degrees.

Processing

I chose to go B&W with this image for a couple of reasons. As previously mentioned, this was taken through a hotel window and the tinted glass tends to leave a bit of a tinge on the otherwise blue sky. I attempted to fix that in Photoshop but was never really happy with the results, although I think most would not have noticed. in any case, I converted the image to B&W with one of the many presets I have created in Lightroom 4.

Back in Photoshop the B&W version was layered above the color, where I then masked in the color version of the aircraft itself. To complete the task, a little sharpening was added.

Thanks so much for clicking by. ;-)

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The Cockpit

Welcome back my good friends! I truly hope you've enjoyed a great holiday break with your family and friends and I thank you for your good wishes on previous posts. For me, it was a tremendously enjoyable time, one that created some special memories. That's what this time of year is all about, spreading the love and joy while being thankful.

I certainly enjoyed the time away from the blog as it provided an opportunity to review some of my plans for moving forward. To get back in the groove of things I'll begin with the image below of a WWI style airplane cockpit. It sort of represents getting back in control and taking off on the next mission. ;-)

This image was taken at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach (Summer 2011). Many of the aircraft on display are replicas, some are original aircraft with updated instrumentation and other equipment. This particular craft is a Fokker 2 replica.

The Cockpit
The Cockpit

Pardon the dust on that machine gun cover plate. That's one of those things you notice in post-processing, but being in a museum leaves no alternatives to fixing this before the shot anyhow. :-)

Let's zoom out just a bit.

The Cockpit - Zoomed Out View
The Cockpit - Zoomed Out View

Although the modern instrumentation limits any attempt at a retro look, I converted the tight shot to B&W anyway.

The Cockpit - B&W
The Cockpit - B&W

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

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LV-X373

Quick post today after a night of network issues and an early rise for a road trip. From the title above no doubt many will ask, "what's a LV-X373?" It's a historically accurate replica of a bi-plane manufactured by the Pur Sang Historic Aircraft Team at Parana city airport in Brazil. These are the toys of collectors and aviation buffs. I was struck by the beauty of it's long, sleek fuselage. It also occurred to me that this seems little more than a frame powered by a Kinner engine. :-)

LV-X373
LV-X373

Wishing you all a great day!

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