I have always been a fan of WWII aircraft. This was an era of power, beauty in design and the true human connection for direction and control. The P51 was an aircraft that truly symbolized the marriage of all aspects. In this image you see the exhaust tips of the mighty engine with a gentle airship positioned between the propeller blades looking down from above. The morning sun is reflecting from the high-gloss wing paint and giving the top of the nose a pleasing edge light.
Photographed at the 2012 Wings Over Homestead airshow, just outside of Miami, it is one of the few remaining flying P51s today. It is painted to honor the famous Tuskegee Airmen and their accomplishments during WWII. While the original image I made is full of color, this version spoke to me as it harkens back to an almost weathered photographic feel.
3 Frame hand-held HDR, Processed in Photomatix Pro, Clarity and LR