Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Grumman Gem

Many years ago, I attended an air show at the old Rentschler Field in East Hartford. This was a fun day in the fall with great static displays, including a 747, and plenty of smaller crafts. There were wonderful aluminum birds in stunning aerial displays as well, from 1920s bi-wing stunt planes to more modern planes, like this Navy F-14 Tomcat, made famous in the movie Top Gun. My Sepia Scenes selection was this F-14A which was manufactured not far from our host Mary in Calverton on New York's Long Island. The day was of blue skies, but I like the sepia here. The full afterburner takeoff is powerful as they often takeoff in foggy nautical skies. The sky here seems to be a sepia fog - the pilot not letting the murk interfere with his mission today, eliciting the 'oohs' and 'ahs' of the delighted crowd below...

16 comments:

Ginger@When Ginger snaps... said...

Ralph, I would have never thought to turn a photo with blue skies into a sepia, but this really works well. Nice creativity on your part.

Pacey said...

I agree with Ginger. And wish I'd be able to witness something like this too. Have a nice week!

Marice said...

that is so nice! and such a closer look! great shot!

u may view mine if u have time

Bond said...

they are beautiful planes...one of my fraternity brothers flew RIO in the F-14 before getting to pilot the F-18

Kramer said...

Them old warbirds are so graceful, in flight.

Linda said...

Growing up as an Air Force brat, I went to my fair share of air shows and I always loved them. Haven't been to one in years and years now unfortunately.

Great shot!

Eagles Wings said...

Love it, I love airplanes of any kind, especially in action.
My profile photo is a plane parked on the deck of a carrier ship...

Felisol said...

Never would have thought that blue sky and silver birds were perfect for sepia, but they are.
You've frozen the speed of the moment. I can hear the roar.
From Felisol

Marie Höglund said...

Awesome Ralph :-)

maryt/theteach said...

A marvelous post, Ralph! Did you ever go to the 56th Fighter Group restaurant out on Rte. 110 on Long Island? Great place to have brunch... :)

Carletta said...

I just watched that movie on TV the other night. The movie glamorized the F-14 and indeed your sepia doesn't interfere with our expected awe of this powerful machine. Wild blue yonder or murky sepia - still an awesome craft.

Greyscale Territory said...

An exhilerating perspective adding to the sense of awe seeing such a majestic plane in flight! Beautiful!

Patti said...

Good job, my Airhead!

kaye said...

that's a great shot of that fighter jet. Air shows are great fun. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Air shows are such fun to watch. Noisy...but fun. ;-)

Rosebud Collection said...

I was born in Greenport, L.I. and remember Calverton before Grummans.
Once riding through Calverton with my father, he pointed out the houses and told me..The government is telling them they have to move and they will get money for their homes, that they see fit. Now Grummans is no more and they don't know what they are doing with the property.