There is something faintly threatening in this silhouette of a French military helicopter against a backdrop of looming clouds. Not to worry though, it was only at a nearby air display a few years ago.
This week’s Tuesday Challenge on Dutch Goes The Photo! was to post an image containing the three key photographic colours of red, green and blue. Simple enough, you might think but although I have lots of shots with two out of the three, there weren’t so many that included all of them.
However, I found this: it’s a windsock at a small local airfield that has an annual summer air show. As you can see from the bend of the pole to which it is attached, it was quite a windy day, but a fast exposure (1/750) effectively froze the movement to reveal all the colours.
There’s a permanent debate among photographers about the acceptability of post-processing. Purists equate any form of editing with cheating, while others argue that there is nothing wrong with getting creative with an ‘as-shot’ image.
I must say that my sympathies are with the latter group. Of course you should try to take the best shot you can in the first place, but whether your post-processing goes no further than a crop and a bit of sharpening, or you go to town and create a virtually new image, it’s the end-product that matters, as with my before-and-after images in my recent post on Vertical Lines.
This image (taken at the nearby Blond Airshow a couple of years ago) has – quite obviously – been doctored. But believe me, whatever merits it may or may not have, it’s a lot more interesting than the original.