I’ll admit I think slightly odd things at times. Like when I first saw this scene:
All these beautiful planes looking out the window toward the airfield, like they would like to go out and play. So when I wanted to capture that thought, I went to the back of the hanger and shot out towards the airfield, as if taking a shot from the plane’s point of view.
This is a situation where shooting a bracketed exposure is a good idea. My original photos were like this one:
Because of the bracketing some images showed more detail inside the hanger and some more detailed outside. Combining them into an HDR version gave me this:
That’s nice if what you wanted to show the details of the scene, but really my original slightly wonky thought, was more about the idea of planes stuck in a hanger. So that first photo is an edited version of the second photo in the post. What I did to it was first to increase the vibrance and saturation, then I sharpened it a bit. From there I applied a few filters. The first filter gave it both a cooler blue tone and more of a film camera feel. Then I added a vignette. That’s a way of darkening the corners of the photo. Usually, I would apply a vignette to the center of the photo and darken the edges uniformly. In this case, it’s set so that your eye is drawn to the outside world, but I’ve left enough detail in the ceiling of the hanger, making it clear the planes are stuck inside. The details of the floor of the hanger are completely obscured, but in this case they were not important to the story of the photograph.
I took these photos at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in their display of American aircraft. The museum is huge and includes a working airstrip. Even if you do not have a particular interest in aircraft, this museum could keep you occupied for a day. What do you think of my interpretation? What about the HDR version? Do you often photograph a scene thinking not just of what is technically in front of you but what story you could tell from the scene? Feel free to leave a comment below.