It’s Sunday again (and it’s my birthday too), so it must be time for some more airplane art.
This week, we go back in time a bit because 1) I want to and 2) this is one of my favourite images I’ve shot). This week, we have a British Midland International Airbus A330-200 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 – as it is prepared for the transatlantic hop back to Manchester Airport.
British Midland International had a fleet of three Airbus A330-200 aircraft – one which traditionally was kept for Jeddah/Riyadh operations, and two which were dedicated to the Manchester transatlantic hub that operated a daily service to Chicago, and a shared service to Las Vegas and Barbados.
The three A330’s went onto different lives after BMI
- G-WWBB is currently flying for Oruk Air as TC-OCK
- G-WWBD ended up being scrapped after being subleased left right and centre by BMI
- G-WWBM retains its registration, and flies for Thomas Cook Airlines UK.
The backstory to this British Midland International A330 photo.
I shot this on the 5th November 2007. It remains one of my favourite images I’ve shot of BMI aircraft over time – and in some ways, one of my favourite images full stop.
The image itself was shot on a Canon 20D with a (then) new Canon 17-40mm f4L lens (proving you don’t need the most modern kit to get a decent photo!)
Camera Settings: ISO 1600, 1/15 at f4
Note, no Image stabilisation, Tripod or anything was used. Just a pair of hands and the camera pressed up to the glass to take the shot at Gate M15 at O’Hare. And a mere 8.2 megapixel sensor to get the image.
Bringing the image up to date
I’ve used this image before in a few posts. Here it is in one form
So what changes did I make? Firstly, I turned down the light balance to bring it a much more cooler (and accurate) colour. I haven’t played with the exposure – as I I think I nailed it in camera. The only other thing I’ve done is use Adobe LightRoom’s image engine to clean the image, and correct it for the lens.
Which brings us to the image below.
A bit more natural looking with the correct lighting. It’s amazing what happens when the right colour balance is applied.
More airplane art next week!
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