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Al Smith - Commando WWll
Al Smith - Commando WWll
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Challenge: Triptych II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: California
Date: Apr 26, 2007
Galleries: Vintage, Military
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2007

The war plane in this shot is is the famous Curtis C-46 "China Doll" Commando WWll combat aircraft. It is totally restored and kept flying by the many volunteers of the "CAF" (Commemorative Air Force).

The “CAF” is a patriotic organization dedicated to the preservation of the world’s greatest combat aircraft.

The gentleman in the shot is Mr. Al Smith. Al is one of the volunteers at the CAF. I met Al for the first time this afternoon. He had on one of the blue official volunteer shirts and he was nice enough to allow me to photograph him for this entry.

On January 30th, 2007 The C-46 "China Doll" was featured in a music video filmed at the Channel Islands Aviation’s hangar. New custom painted nose art was temporarily attached to the plane for the shoot. Christina Aguilera was the star of the video. She played the part of the 2nd banana.

One of the last photographs I have of my father he was standing in front of this plane over 10 years ago. I think about him whenever I'm around the people and Air Force artifacts of his generation. He loved to fly. He could tell me every detail about the intricate parts of these old planes but like most of us old folks, he couldn't remember what he had for breakfast. I sure miss him.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 244
Avg (all users): 6.8145
Avg (commenters): 8.2105
Avg (participants): 6.7755
Avg (non-participants): 6.8455
Views since voting: 3484
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 221
Comments: 30
Favorites: 3 (view)


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12/11/2007 07:16:48 PM
Now I have a tear in my eye. What a beautiful testimony.
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05/07/2007 12:42:40 PM
i love this! it tells such a great story. you've told me a lot about your dad but you've never mentioned that he flew. he was a special man and i know you miss him. *hugs*
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05/07/2007 09:10:53 AM
Wonderful entry and great story, congrats on the top 10.
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05/07/2007 01:09:51 AM
Great shot - tells a great story on its own, but your words add so much. Thanks for sharing this.
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05/07/2007 12:39:09 AM
Congrats on your Top 10 for a Top Gun! (I bet your father would give you a hug and whisper in your ear how proud he is to have such a truly gifted son!)
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05/07/2007 12:19:11 AM
Congrats on the top ten. I really love those shots....I go to every WW2 air show I can.

Message edited by author 2007-05-07 00:20:30.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 10:39:21 PM
great story in pictures - a piece of history - and the plane is cool too!
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05/05/2007 11:49:14 PM
Just the right combo of images to give us a taste of his war experience vis-a-vis his nostalgic memory. 10
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05/05/2007 05:44:13 PM
Very well chosen photos for this triptych series. I bet you got some great stories from Al. Excellent work!
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05/04/2007 09:26:50 PM
a great pictorial, nice editing.. overall a great triptych! 8
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05/04/2007 05:55:19 PM
I applaud the creativity on this, especially with the very wide angle perspective on the cockpit shot and the angle of the plane in the bottom portion. A triptych is such a powerful means to tell a story, and this composition does very well at doing exactly that.
I sincerely hope a copy of this makes it into Al Smith's hands as well as his relatives, as this is a very powerful keepsake.
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05/03/2007 11:13:03 PM
i like it
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05/03/2007 01:33:48 PM
awsome subject! and I love the portrait! beautiful image
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05/02/2007 09:06:36 PM
Excellent story - I love it! 8!

P.S. The portrait could have been just a touch sharper.
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05/02/2007 11:49:36 AM
if only his face was sharper then this would be really really good instead of really good.
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05/02/2007 11:21:17 AM
Now thats a set that works well together. very nice and great punchy contrast in your black and whites with a really interesting set of pics. Well done 9
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05/02/2007 01:14:41 AM
Outstanding! 10!
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05/01/2007 09:15:33 PM
Nicely done congrats.
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04/30/2007 11:52:22 PM
Very Nice.
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04/30/2007 09:11:20 PM
Outstanding visual.
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04/30/2007 01:26:36 PM
great story and shots
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04/30/2007 01:21:45 PM
The framing has defintley let this shot down.. that being said, I like the idea of almost telling a story within the shots, which is what a triptych is supposed to be I guess. 7 from me.. well done!
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04/30/2007 10:19:33 AM
Nice classic... well done.. beautiful tones...
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04/30/2007 09:59:57 AM
Fantastic! Love the POV of airplane shots, love the subject matter best of all!
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04/30/2007 09:52:45 AM
awesome. love the concept
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04/30/2007 07:51:12 AM
Great BW 8
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04/30/2007 05:13:25 AM
very good.
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04/30/2007 03:39:40 AM
From the picture one would assume he was a pilot. Good set otherwise.
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04/30/2007 01:07:13 AM
This is BRILLIANT! What a great subject matter and presentation.

My only teeny gripe is that the portrait in the upper right is a little fuzzy. Otherwise - YUMMY!
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04/30/2007 12:28:58 AM
a wonderful study...I love the wide angle image on the top
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