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Mines bigger than yours...

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 18 August 2010 in Business & Industry.

You might remember me going to Woodley Museum of Aviation. This was one of 2 shots I took there. It's a second world war reconnaissance lens that was designed to be married to a full plate camera.
The objective lens is 9 inches across!

Canon EOS 7D 1/160 second F/3.2 ISO 1600 100 mm

laura from the beach..., United States

i love the color and feel in this image. bravo!

18 Aug 2010 5:03am

@laura: Thank you. The flourescent lighting gave off a green cast, which I thought was appropriate to the military theme.

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really great image, very interesting

18 Aug 2010 5:36am

@Alun: Well, you know where to see it!...The queues aren't that long!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love all those reflections and lights. Great macro with excellent colors. These tones underscore the sense of, and reference to, history in your shot.

18 Aug 2010 5:44am

@Bettina: A splash of colour in the musty rust...

Yvon from Orleans, France

great shot

18 Aug 2010 5:46am

@Yvon: Thankyou from Wemmel, Belgium

Wonderfull, like the colors ...

18 Aug 2010 6:05am Thanks!

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

Wow, nine inches! amazing piece of history.

18 Aug 2010 6:19am

@Luke Wiley: Had an important job to do! Bigger=better!

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Your title would have been good for my image today.

That's a great piece of glass, but f8.0 isn't fast considering this would have been used while in flight? Super historical shot.

18 Aug 2010 6:24am

@Michael: I did have a look at some other lens'. It seems that the technology of the day limited the ability to produce super fast glass. The other thing that got me was that they all seemd to be uncoated! Flare must have been a major issue! In mitigation, I think that the planes flew quite high(Around 2500 feet) so the apparent linear movement would have been quite small, so even with slow film, and a slow lens, the motion blur wouldn't have been that great. Oh, and yes, I was thinking of posting this title on your blog ;-)

jpla from Anjou, France

Superbe cadrage ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

18 Aug 2010 6:28am

@jpla: Merci Bien, et toi!

silver from k, Iran

very interesting picture love to know history of everything

18 Aug 2010 7:39am

@silver: The older I get, the more I'm into history...I guess because I'm becoming part of it!

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your explanation! Very interesting. A perfect aerial photographs with this lens! Best regards! Adela

18 Aug 2010 7:41am

@Fonts: Gracias Adella!

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very nice tones in this image.. wonderful shot.

18 Aug 2010 8:00am

@Sarito: Thankyou!

David from Avranches, France

Love everything about this shot. Nice work

18 Aug 2010 8:16am

@David: Cheers!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

What an impressive lens!

18 Aug 2010 10:51am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I really like the tones and how you can see this lens has been used very often (edges)!

18 Aug 2010 11:07am

k@ from Paris, France

The eye of History shines beautifully here ! Love those greenish yellows

18 Aug 2010 11:29am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Super still life picture of a great lens..

18 Aug 2010 11:53am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

at 36 inches? good luck, squire.

18 Aug 2010 12:15pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Superb shot !

18 Aug 2010 1:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb composition and detail.

18 Aug 2010 2:06pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine composition of this huge lens. I can't imagine the speeds they could shoot at the an f8 lens.

18 Aug 2010 2:18pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful shot :)

18 Aug 2010 2:34pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Brilliant detail.

18 Aug 2010 3:18pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India


18 Aug 2010 3:56pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom


18 Aug 2010 4:50pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

That's a big one! Interesting history and beautiful capture of it -
It looks as though one could fall down into it.

18 Aug 2010 5:05pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot,Chris..
Love the texture, details and colour..Esp. the lighting
Also thanks for sharing such antique items and info. about them...

18 Aug 2010 5:42pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'd love to see the complete kit, and the size of it's housing! Must have been fun to operate (even taking account of the risk).

18 Aug 2010 6:44pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Great take and very interesting too!

18 Aug 2010 7:20pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

That sticker must have spoilt a few shots.

18 Aug 2010 7:58pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very creative macro. But a sticker on it is stupid !

18 Aug 2010 8:38pm

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

beautiful shot, like the yellow tones of this lens macro

18 Aug 2010 9:34pm

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Lest we forget...

19 Aug 2010 12:36am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A wonderful shot. I love the warm tones and lighting.

19 Aug 2010 1:14am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cool and interesting shot. Very funny title! LOL

19 Aug 2010 1:56am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

LOL!1 Love your title...lovely image too!

19 Aug 2010 3:53am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Cool title...Nice shot.

19 Aug 2010 4:00am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!

21 Aug 2010 9:26pm

@✿ Anina ✿: Err..I'm not sure what the colour spotlight means! But I guess I'm glad to have goy it!

Canon EOS 7D
1/160 second
ISO 1600
100 mm