RAF Museum Cosford

RAF Cosford, is the home of the RAF  Museum’s other collection, which is in London on the site of the old RAF base at Hendon.

We stopped off at Cosford on the way home and it was seen in a better light after my experience at Duxford. This time I chose to shoot almost exclusively for producing HDR images, which means taking anywhere between three and nine images at various shutter speeds and combining them together to form a single image. The benefits of using HDR is that you get a much better dynamic range, that’s the ability to see more detail in the shadows and highlights than a single photo where these tones would be over and or under exposed.

1160 Do.17, Cosford

1160 Do.17, Cosford

This is the only surviving example of the Dornier 17, which was recovered from the sea bed off the English Coast and seen here inside a polly tunnel undergoing de-salination. The fuselage was in this tunnel and the engines and wing were in an adjacent tunnel.

WL679 Varsity, Cosford

WL679 Varsity, Cosford

The slight drawback of HDR is slightly saturated colours.

XP411 Argosy, Cosford

XP411 Argosy, Cosford

Armstrong Whitworth’s Whistling Wheelbarrow.

VP952 Devon, Cosford

VP952 Devon, Cosford

It was the two old small transports that drew my attention and then I noticed the stoical look on the Pembroke in the background. “Rookie!”

KN645 Dakota, Cosford

KN645 Dakota, Cosford

KN645 Dakota, Cosford

KN645 Dakota, Cosford

Two pictures of the Dakota, the DC-3 or C-47 to others, which hangs from the ceiling of the Cold War Museum building.

XL497 Britannia, Cosford

XL497 Britannia, Cosford

The grand old lady and the Queen of RAF transports. The Bristol Britannia.

XG225 Hunter, Cosford

XG225 Hunter, Cosford

This was quite aptly the last picture that I took during our visit to Cosford, it’s a single image given some desaturation treatment. The condensation trails and clouds reminded me of an old Battle of Britain picture with the trails made by the dueling aircraft.

This is only a small portion of the photos that I took at Cosford. The whole set can be seen here on my Flickr Cosford site

I’d like to go back there again one day where there there will be one thing for sure….Mair tae comePost Script.
Looking over the set with a fresh pair of eyes I see things that I don’t like mainly in the way the colour has been rendered in the HDR images. The hangar that the Varsity, Argosy and Devon, those pictures don’t seem right. It may be down to the mercury vapour over head lighting giving a slightly magenta hue.
I’ll put them on my roundtoit list for the winter time.

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  1. #1 by michaelweening on August 26, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Cool

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