I had a short time between other tasks yesterday to stop by the CAF - formerly the Confederate Air Force, now through politically correct language, the Commemorative Air Force - and I shot a number of photos of the flight-worthy aircraft at the CAF Museum (properly called the American Airpower Heritage Museum) in Midland-Odessa, Texas. For more information on this group and their museum, see : http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/ Now, aircraft have been an interest of mine since I was a (very) young child. I've visited the museum on numerous occasions as business has brought me through Midland-Odessa. On this visit, however, I walked back to the museum boneyard, where aircraft not suitable for rebuilding and repair are left in the hot west Texas sun. One aircraft frame in particular caught my attention in the boneyard, and I decided that I wanted to take a photograph reminscent of the WWII photos of the USAAF, in rich deep saturated colours, but not as brightly imaged as today's taste dictates. I wanted a shot almost entirely "out-of-the-camera", no cropping, and certainly no Photoshopping beyond adding the copyright and downsizing for the Cafe. I left myself the option of working with the white balance in NC almost as I might have saturated colours in the darkroom in times gone past. I shot this on a D100 with the redoubtable 12-24mm AFS lens and a circular polariser turned to the maximum degree of polarisation. It's a bit underexposed by choice to hold the whites of the insignia and for effect. The colours are deliberately shifted in WB using NC to bring up the rust and discolouration on the skin of the aircraft (which in fact the eye would see at the time of the photo, but was washed down a bit by the exposure) and the autumnally coloured ground cover. The shot was handheld. PS-CS was used to address resizing and adding the copyright. The shot is uncropped. I call this photograph Abandoned. Always shoot. John P. P.S. To reiterate a point from other threads at the Cafe, "C&C" means comment and critique, and these are solicited and welcomed. The small "check and x" icon by the title is intended to alert viewers of the thread that C&C is desired. P.P.S. For those people looking at the EXIF, yes, this was shot with ISO400 as I'd been shooting in a deep shadowed wheel well under a Shackleton moments before and simply forgot to reset ISO.