Images & Observations

The Corsair

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 22mm ISO 2500 3-bkts f/18 Lr3, HEP1, TpzAdj; PsCS5

This is the Vought F4U Corsair that is in the collection of the Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California.  The Corsair was the first United States single engine fighter aircraft to exceed 400 miles per hour.  Between 1940 and 1952 12,571 Corsairs were produced.  During the World War II the Corsair flown by the United States Navy and Marine Corps out flew the Japanese Zero and had a kill ratio of 11:1 against enemy aircraft.  The Corsair was armed with .30 and .50 caliber machine guns, carried bombs and rockets.  Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and his “Black Sheep” squadron flew the Corsair and Boyington was credited with 22 enemy kills in the Corsair.  This artifact, like others in the Palm Springs Air Museum is airworthy and is still periodically flown.

During post processing I used the Photoshop Content-Aware Fill and Clone tools to remove distracting elements and re-build part of the lower right quadrant of the image.  I also used Topaz Adjust to get more punch out of the colors and to soften out the noticeable grain that resulted from the high ISO.

9 responses

  1. Well, Wayne… as a Marina and VietNam era Naval Aviatior, I’ve gotta tell you the men who flew these flying machines were the heart of the “Greatest Generation.” What a beautiful aircraft and you’ve done a nice job with the photograph. Thank you for sharing.


    August 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    • Thanks, Michael. I agree, all military aviators, especially those in WWII were courageous warriors. It amazes me to see the conditions those aviators endured, subjecting themselves to enemy fire without in relatively unprotected airframes. While you were flying during Viet Nam, I was one of the guys in naval radio supporting our operations.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM

  2. Wayne, sir this is an awesome shot, and your attention to detail in the processing stage is that much more impressing. I personally don’t think Photoshop is an easy software to use, but you make it look easy sir. Thanks for sharing

    Jorge Savoff

    August 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment, Jorge. Photoshop was intimidating to me at first, but once I dove in, and viewed some video tutorials I have become comfortable, if not totally competent, with it.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM

  3. oneowner

    Nice one, Wayne. At 70 years old, still a beauty.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM

  4. Beautifully process image, Wayne. Outstanding POV too. The mural behind the plane gives a hint of a mirror effect. Well done, man!

    August 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

  5. Thanks, Jimi. Got another legendary aircraft coming up in the blog tomorrow.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

  6. wow – that looks great Wayne – almost like a model. Bet that was a fun one to fly.

    August 21, 2011 at 4:40 PM

  7. I’m sure it is really fun to fly this one today, but I am thinking that when these were flown against opposing fighters or ant-aircraft fire, it might have been, say, adrenaline producing mixed with terror.

    August 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

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