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Title • Ilyushin Il-76 #3

This is the third and final shot that I'll be posting of the interior of this Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane – a shot of the lower section at the front of the plane (visible in this shot of Jason's) – and in some ways it's my favourite of the three. As with my previous entry it's also an HDR, constructed from a bracketed sequence of 11 exposures with a 1 EV spacing using Photomatix Pro. And again, if you take a look at the original you can see the tone mapped image and small thumbnails of all 11 exposures.

Let me know which of the three you like best: this one, the shot of the cockpit, or the view from inside the tail section.

As I mentioned, while this is probably my favourite of the three it does pose a problem, as portrait format images are never easy to blog: either I post a version that's a lot smaller than my usual images (not a great solution for a detail-rich HDR image) or you need to scroll the page. Neither solution is ideal, but in this instance reducing the size didn't work well.

On a related note: as those of you who have followed me since the early days already know my switch from academia to professional photography and training was largely accidental: as my blog became popular I started getting work as a photographer, to the point whereby it became financially viable to swap careers. Along the way I've continued to treat my blog as a place to showcase my best work, experiment with different techniques, document the lives of my children, and so on. In short my blog is the primary way in which I output my images ... and it's a great venue with a wonderful audience :-)

The only negative consequence – because I take photographs with the blog in mind – is that I rarely shoot in portrait format, simply because I know that the images will be difficult to display. I guess this isn't a huge issue, but it does mean that I limit myself when I shoot, and while I don't think there's an easy solution to this I am conscious of the fact that I probably miss quite a few great shots, simply because I see and blog the world in landscape format. As I said, I don't think there's an easy solution, but if you do have any thoughts, let me know.

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exposure bias
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RAW converter
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3.25pm on 15/3/11
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
11 exposures (1/125 to 8s)
Photomatix Pro
Photoshop CS5
minor warping
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