Canon 5D Mark II, 70-300mm, f/45, 1/100, iso 160
It's common for planes with floats to be flying in my backyard. I have yet to get a nice closeup when they go by though. But a few days ago I saw this guy out in the distance. I thought "big sky, little plane." He was all surrounded by big cumulous clouds. If you have done any flying, you know these are the most dangerous kind. Inside these clouds is destruction waiting to happen.
When I viewed the image on my screen, I still had that "big sky, small plane" feeling, but none of the sense of foreboding that I felt looking up at him in real time. So I felt it would make a nice Topaz Tuesday Black & White effects project.
I tried some different presets, then settled on Underexposed I. I then used the sliders to boost both the whites, blacks, and contrast. I wanted it to look real, but scary. And I love all the sky, but I had to make a choice for the 700px wide dimension here on the blog. If I showed my whole sky, you probably wouldn't pick out that it is a plane. So it is a crop.
On the continue link below you can see the original color image, pre-cropped.