* sr 71 blackbird *

© Thomas McConville

* sr 71 blackbird *

Doug Gould 3/14/2004 9:51:44 PM

Thomas, this is beautiful! How did you do it? #107093

Thomas McConville 3/14/2004 9:58:36 PM

hi douglas. how I put this together was I shot from underneath...there were three large poles holding this aircraft up...in photoshop I cloned these poles out, then with the pen tool I cut the aircraft out and pasted it into one of my sky shots...then to make the exhaust I created a new layer then airbrushed blue then drpooed the opacity. thanks for the kind words - thomas #424409

Doug Gould 3/14/2004 10:29:43 PM

I'm even more impressed now! #424427

Carolyn M. Fletcher 3/15/2004 3:19:30 AM

Very cool, Thomas! I'm speechless! #424476

Kristen McKain 3/15/2004 3:24:41 AM

wonderful image, Thomas! Love it!

Kristen #424483

Theresa McCloskey 3/15/2004 3:34:40 AM

wonderful Thomas - nice ps work :-) #424508

Colette M. Metcalf 3/15/2004 5:14:58 AM

This is great!!! #424674

Stephen Zacker 3/15/2004 5:18:12 AM

Great PS work and image! #424683

Patricia Marroquin 3/15/2004 6:04:59 AM

Once again, superb work, Thomas! This is something a little different from you. I love it! :-) #424798

Cynthia M. Wiles 3/15/2004 6:52:03 AM

This is very cool Thomas!
Cindy #424982

Stephanie L. Kopcik 3/15/2004 8:07:32 AM

All I can say is WOW! My father worked with this plane primarily when I was a child. He was in the Air Force and we were in England for most of it. I have been priviliged enough to see this beautiful aircraft take off from the flight line many times! This is the best representation I have seen in a photo shot. YOu have done a wonderful job with your PS effects! I would love to frame this and give it to my father! Well done! #425223

Adam Bolt 4/12/2004 2:19:39 AM

Superb!!! Your image and PS work is impecible!... Left me breathless when I saw this image!
Cheers Adam #474668

Tony Gough 4/12/2004 6:54:02 AM

Congrats Thomas, great image and fantastic PS job. #475911

Doug Gould 4/13/2004 6:17:40 AM

Knew this beauty had to make it to the finalists... congrats Thomas!!! #480403

Robin L. Wehrman 4/16/2004 10:16:31 AM

Hi Thomas!! Congratulations on your win, well deserved!!!!!!!!!!! Robin #487081

Kristen McKain 4/16/2004 5:06:48 PM

congrats! #487680

Susie Peek-Swint 4/16/2004 5:44:59 PM

Great PS work ~ very creative! Congrats to you! #487751

Stephanie L. Kopcik 4/23/2004 11:50:34 AM

I knew this was a winner when I first saw it! It's so obivous why! Congratulations!!! #498697

Michael E. Brodie 4/24/2004 5:52:56 PM

Thomas, I guess my response has to go in the "better late than never category", but this is really the best shot I've ever seen of this aircraft. I used to work with someone who took photographs of planes being flown by test pilots while he was in the Air Force. This rendition is so realistic if you had told me or him you took it through the canopy of a chase plane, we'd have believed you. Great work!

Thomas McConville 4/24/2004 8:38:40 PM

thank you very much mike. that would have to be one of the best compliments I can get. when you cant tell its a composite when it really is ...then thats super. isnt this just a lovely aircraft...i think ive fell in love with its lines and curves...i must go back soon to shoot it again. again thank you and happy shooting - thomas #500474

Wilson H. Valentin 4/29/2004 10:17:03 AM

Thomas, I just got my May issue of DigitalCamera Magazine and saw your image. Congrats on your published image!
lovely image with impact! #509427

Rita Richter 5/7/2004 11:50:46 AM

Better late than never etc. I just saw it and it jumped right out at me! Wonderful congrats!........regards Rita #524988

Larry J. Rhodes 5/9/2004 7:30:04 AM

You see, THIS is why I love digital manipulation of photographs. I mean, seriously, who else on Earth will have a picture like this, or, for that matter, is even remotely likely to be able to take a picture like this? You have to MAKE a picture like this, and you've done an awesome job. If, in real life, you can't get your subject and its surroundings together for some reason, shoot them separately, then merge them later. I honestly see nothing wrong with that when you're creating art for the purpose of entertainment or advertising. I mean, if anything, it requires just a wee bit more talent than plain ol' photography, because you obviously have to know your art in photography to get the shots to begin with, but then you must also know your art in digital manipulation. I would say that deserves more praise than many of the purists are willing to offer. But, I digress. This is an amazing image, and I really REALLY appreciate your sharing it. :) #527954

Kathleen K. Parker 5/14/2004 8:43:46 PM

I just saw this image... it is a wonderful job you did in Photoshop. Everyone has said it all already...superb work.
Kathleen #540753

Shari Travison 9/13/2005 6:20:46 PM

Was just looking at the "Photo Contest" page and your photo was displayed. You've done an amazing job...wonderful clarity, color, sky, composition and PS work! #1834174

Michael J. Bandy 2/23/2009 8:20:32 PM

What a great image and some absolutely impressive PS skill. Nicely done! #7204662

Thomas McConville 2/23/2009 10:10:45 PM

Thanks Michael #7205220

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sr71 returning from a mission over Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, soviet union

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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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