Cloak of Invisibility

Last weekend, my good friend Bob Lussier and I finally got the opportunity to meet in person and to hang out hang out for a couple of days in the Washington, D.C. area.  We spent the first day shooting some URBEX earlier in the day, ending things with a one-hour mad dash for HDR glory at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, near Dulles Airport.  While one hour is certainly not enough time to take in all the sights, we had the place pretty much to ourselves by arriving around 4PM (and didn’t have to pay the $15 parking fee!).  Bob and I both gravitated to the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, whose sleek lines were to die for.  As we knew before we arrived, we were not allowed to shoot with tripods (safety/liability reasons), so we spent the hour shooting our brackets handheld.  Of course processing those brackets could have presented a bit of a challenge, but the latest version of Photomatix Pro did a perfect job of aligning the brackets automatically; I HIGHLY recommend that software!  By the way, if your order it, you can use coupon code fotofreqhdr during check out to get a sweet 15% discount.  Anyway, here is my version of the scene, which I think came out well enough.  If you want to see an even more amazing shot of this beauty (truly drool worthy), check out Bob’s version over on his blog!

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Awesome work here Jacques!

Great grab, Jacques! Not only is that a great location, but I LOVE the jaws on the fighter in the upper left. A P-51, I think.

This is ridiculous, Jacques. Absolutely love it!

This is great! Looks like you both were inside some retro-futuristic spaceship! Great result and photomatix really does a great work aligning handheld shots!

Love the mysterious feel to this. Wish I could pull it up larger to see details.