Plane spotting is very much like bird watching. You sit for a couple of hours and see plenty of mourning doves and mockingbirds, but your patience is often rewarded when you spot one special painted bunting.

This is an Eva Air 747-400SF taking off from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on a late November afternoon back in 2016. This particular aircraft took its maiden flight in 1995, entered service as an airliner, and was subsequently converted to a freighter. It was a bit of a challenge getting the initial long takeoff shots with the gear I have (Canon 50D, Tamron 70-200), but you can fix a lot of shortcomings in Lightroom. I’ve also included a link to the whole gallery from the day so you can see the mourning doves (American A321s) and mockingbirds (UPS A300 and B767, with an MD-11 thrown in for good measure). The pictures also look considerably better on SmugMug than they do in Kinja.

As part of my ongoing re-editing and Lightroom/Photoshop learning process, I have dived back into some old folders of photos from two to three years ago. Before I had Lightroom, I would make my selections, duplicate the originals, then edit the duplicates in case I wanted to come back some to the original some day. Today is the day, and I’m glad I did that, even if it did eat up lots of HD space. My only regret is that I wasn’t shooting in RAW, but I have rectified that going forward. Obviously, with Lightroom, I need not keep duplicates any more.

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