Every year on a weekend in mid May the Chino Airport and Planes of Fame Museum put on a terrific and very unique air show.  Although featuring several modern military planes it’s focus are noteworthy, unique, and in some cases one of a kind planes from history that you will actually get to see in the air.  There’s not many places where you will get to see 10 P-51 Mustangs racing by overhead or watch a Japanese Zero get chased by a F4U Corsair.  Anyone who appreciates aviation and has an affinity for history will sure have a good time.

Having so many old planes also lends itself to some interesting photography.  Thanks to Terri I had a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 100-300mm telephoto lens (among others) that was able to get me much closer than my own little Powershot would ever let me.  I also don’t claim to be an Adobe Photoshop expert but love to experiment with it and get to use it quite a bit at work.  Do I use it a lot?  Yes.  Do I know everything about it?  Hardly.  Below I included the before and after photos.  Click image for a larger format.

Parked P-51 Mustangs

Digitally erased the modern runway signs and the powerlines.  Increased the contrast and reset the black level.  Changed to a duotone mode to add a sepia feel for an “old time” feel.

P-51 Mustang Flight Line

Digitally erased the modern runway signs and powerlines.  Zoomed and cropped the photo.  Increased the contrast, reset the black level, and played with the color balance in the sky and background.

B-17 Flying Fortress in Flight

Zoomed and cropped the photo.  Increased the contrast and reset the black level.

F4U Corsair Before Takeoff

Digitally erased the modern runway signs and powerlines.  Increased the contrast and reset the black level.  Changed to a duotone mode to add a sepia feel and added a vertical grain filter for an “old time” feel.

P-38 Lightnings in Formation

Zoomed and cropped the photo.  Digitally moved the second P-38 into frame and closer to the first.  Increased the contrast and reset the black level.

N-9M Flying Wing in Flight

Only one in the world.  Believe it or not this plane is from 1942 and is the precursor to the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

Zoomed and cropped the photo.  Increased the contrast, reset the black level, and color balanced the sky to make it a brighter and more vivid blue.

P-51 Mustangs in Formation

Zoomed and cropped the photo.  Increased the contrast and reset the black level.  Changed to a grayscale mode to add a B&W feel for an “old time” feel.

Of course I took plenty of other pictures…these were just the few I chose to work with…for now.

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