Clipped Wings - Concorde Panorama

© John G. Clifford Jr

<strong>Clipped Wings - Concorde Panorama</strong>

Uploaded: September 29, 2005


ISO 100, 18-50/3.5-4.5 DC @ 34mm, 1/400 @ f/8

7-shot panorama combined with Pano Tools and post-processed with Picture Window Pro 3.5.10. Original image is 6,600 pixels wide and renders a beautiful 20" print at 300 dpi.

The Concorde SST airplane is from British Airways inventory, and was donated to the Seattle Flight Museum, Seattle, Washington. Kind of sad to see the fastest passenger plane ever relegated to a museum.


Chris Budny level-deluxe November 11, 2005

Hi John... I've been trying to get thru some galleries of the folks in that massive "amateur crtique" message thread. I think your 2 panoramas are amazing. Very good subject matter to tap into. My only wish for this one is that they had given the plane more open space; the lightposts and telephone poles/wires are particularly distracting to me. (Then again, it is quite an unusual sight see this plane in that setting.) But I think the beautiful effect of your panorama work lends itself to a cleaner sky/absence of posts and wires. Have you considered eliminating at least the rear pole/wires? (I think the big army plane panorama is more successful for the clear sky!) #342401

Debbie Del Tejo November 12, 2005

I agree with John.....this makes me feel like when I sit in those cramped and small airline seats....... I also wold remove the pole on the left. #2065694

John G. Clifford Jr November 16, 2005

Thanks for your comments.

The reason I left this picture basically "as-is" is because I wanted to emphasize the feeling of confinement that is present. The bird is in a cage. I could edit out the background and the pole, but in my opinion that would turn the image into just another picture of a Concorde, so that's why I didn't do it.

Debbie, when you say the image makes you feel "like when I sit in those cramped and small airline seats" then I believe the image is conveying the emotion that I felt when I took the picture. It is a big, impressive plane locked into a small parking lot, and straining to be released.

I did edit the C5 Galaxy picture, basically cloning in the parts of the people that moved from image to image so there wouldn't be any headless torsoes wandering around. I also cloned the sky: it was blue but because of the different angles it was shot at to produce the panorama it had uneven tones. I took a horizon-to-top sweep of the sky at one location and applied it uniformly to the entire sky, making the image match what I remembered: a huge airplane that dominated the scenery around it.

Thanks again for taking the time to view my images.


Debbie Del Tejo November 16, 2005

WEll then, mission accomplished and congratulations! #2084008

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