Alpha Whiskey Photography

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A project I that actually completed in the middle of last year during the first lockdown, it pays a fleeting homage to the iconic movie of the 80s and helps fill the void while we await the much-delayed sequel. Featuring aircraft used in each of the movies (namely the F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Superhornet) these are all 1/72 diecast models, suspended with fishing line or shot on a surface sprayed with concrete texture paint, then composited with backgrounds. Afterburner and missile exhaust effects were added in post. Most of the backgrounds came from my travels or from my window seat in a plane.

I also shot the planes with some diecast sports cars, both having aerodynamics and speed in common. I used a 1/43 Lotus Esprit and a 1/18 Ferrari 308 GT.

Not particularly challenging but fun to do.

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Clouds below shot from my window seat a few years ago.
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The sunset view from the aeroplane window is from my archives. I added my silhouette and a fighter jet escort outside.
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Video with BTS editing and updated Top Gun theme can be seen here.
 
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Alpha Whiskey Photography

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Some BTS shots:

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A project I that actually completed in the middle of last year during the first lockdown, it pays a fleeting homage to the iconic movie of the 80s and helps fill the void while we await the much-delayed sequel. Featuring aircraft used in each of the movies (namely the F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Superhornet) these are all 1/72 diecast models, suspended with fishing line or shot on a surface sprayed with concrete texture paint, then composited with backgrounds. Afterburner and missile exhaust effects were added in post. Some of the backgrounds came from my travels or from my window seat in a plane.

I also shot the planes with some diecast sports cars, both having aerodynamics and speed in common. I used a 1/43 Lotus Esprit and a 1/18 Ferrari 308 GT.

Not particularly challenging but fun to do.

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Image below is the same aircraft shot twice from slightly different heights and composited together.
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Clouds below shot from my window seat a few years ago.
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The sunset view from the aeroplane window is from my archives. I added my silhouette and a fighter jet escort outside.
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MORE HERE

Video with BTS editing and updated Top Gun theme can be seen here.

Wow, fantastic stuff. Not particularly challenging? Maybe for you... :)
 
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Really great work as always!! I was so much intrigued by your fantastic work I …ehm… almost tried something similar with a local static model.

(after some late straight thought, I moved the photos over a new thread)
 
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WOW! Having been an F-18 Mechanic back during the first Gulf War these bring back some major memories.
Very well done sir!
 

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