As a student of photography, I experiment with filters to determine which ones enhance or detract from the shot. This week Sally at Lens and Pens challenges us to create an intriguing black and white photo. So, here’s my offering from the Thunder over Michigan Air Show in August. Many of the vintage planes on display were open to the public before the air show. What a bonus for me, given that my next book is set during World War II. Of course I took dozens of reference shots, climbed in and out of the planes, and asked the guides questions about the war and when the planes were used by the military.
You’ll see that the fighter plane pictured below identifies the pilot and his crew, as well as the number of Nazi planes they shot down during the war. It also has a mascot painted over the wing. For this first shot, I applied a film grain filter. The second version does not have the filter. The third is the original color shot taken with with Samsung Galaxy S5. Which do you prefer and why? Does the film grain filter enhance or detract from the shot? Is the shot more visually appealing in black and white or color? Thanks as always for your feedback!
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