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North American Harvard Mk. IV

Today I thought I’d show another one of the handful of shots I was able to get at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. This is a North American Harvard Mk. IV. It is considered one of the best pilot training aircraft ever built, and the original version first flew in 1935. I’m no expert on aircraft, nor am I a history buff…but I can definitely appreciate the craftsmanship and skill it must have taken to conceive and build these planes. I still consider it a miracle that we’re able to fly hundreds of miles across oceans in these giant metal contraptions…absolutely mind boggling.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 8.0, ISO 100

Jim Nix - April 22, 2011 - 8:44 am

Great POV and treatment, and sometimes when I am zipping at 40k feet I think the same thing – it’s pretty amazing! Jim

Chris Frailey - April 22, 2011 - 8:51 am

Love the soft glow.

Kristi Hines - April 22, 2011 - 8:51 am

Great colors – I love anything and everything yellow! Very springy!

Steve Beal - April 22, 2011 - 8:56 am

I’ve learned something from your composition today – it’s interesting that you cut off the propeller on the right and the wheels on the left… I think I automatically would have backed up and tried to squeeze the entire plane in but I would have lost something… Sometimes it’s what you choose not to include and I’m learning this more and more. Your comp drags the viewers eye directly into the center of that engine and it really works. Great image Heath.

Nigel - April 22, 2011 - 9:00 am

Nice. You really get a sense of the weight of this thing.

Hans - April 22, 2011 - 9:05 am

Fantastic detail! Great use of the wide-angle lens. I like this HDR. It looks realistic and not over done and cartoonish.

Brian Furbush - April 22, 2011 - 9:22 am

After reading Steve’s comment and taking a look again at the image, I definitely agree – very interesting point and definitely a great composition. I like your style.

A.Barlow - April 22, 2011 - 9:52 am

Ya! love this series of shots, I thought you were done with these 🙂 Really cool detail in the engine up front.

Chris Kenison - April 22, 2011 - 10:22 am

Great shot, Heath! Love it!

Adam Olson - April 22, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Sweet photo Heath! Love the POV.

Jesse Pafundi - April 22, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Love the UWA distortion for this shot. Really works in keeping the focus on the front of the plane. Dig it.

Ness - April 23, 2011 - 5:52 am

Wow, that is awesome. Great capture, love the color. Beautiful!!!

Jan Winther - April 25, 2011 - 3:17 pm

I share your fascination and amazement with planes. How the any jumbo jet gets off the ground is just plain amazing. Older planes like this one has more character in my mind. When you think of when they were built, that just makes the older planes even more magical…

Thanks for sharing – looking forward to more see planes.