“Artists, whatever their medium, make selections from the abounding materials of life, and organize these selections into works that are under the control of the artist…. In relation to the inclusiveness and literally endless intricacy of life, art is arbitrary, symbolic and abstracted. That is its value and the source of its own kind of order and coherence.” ~ Jane Jacobs
“[C]omplex aerobatic maneuvers are a test of the pilot’s ability to give multiple control inputs while maintaining orientation in unusual attitudes.” ~ Anthony Romano
My contribution to Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intricate is a photo of an intricate aerobatics maneuver performed by the Royal Canadian Snowbirds at an air show I attended last summer in Minot, North Dakota. This photo is (obviously) digitally enhanced (principally the color of the smoke emitted). Why? Because the original photo couldn’t capture the drama of the actual performance. I just started experimenting with this photo, which I retouched using Topaz Lab’s ReStyle Photoshop plugin. I realize this result may be seen as over-the-top by some, but having this many jets flying very fast in a relatively confined space is pretty darned dramatic. Doing this successfully is a tribute to the training and skill of the pilots. Incidentally, the artists referred to in the first quote are the members of the Snowbird’s team (including all support personnel).