The new American, a photo comparison

The New American - DFW Airport, Texas

The New American – DFW Airport, Texas (HDR)

Continuing with the Airport travel theme, I wanted to show off the new American Airlines branding on their new Boeing 777.

As I took the Skytrain at DFW airport, I noticed two 777s parked at Terminal D with the new American Airlines color scheme. Conveniently, my flight to San Francisco was also leaving from D. I found a good view of one of the new planes and shot it with my Olympus XZ-1. This XZ-1 point and shoot has become my entertainment during my travels — a fun, convenient way to snap interesting compositions.

I’ve hoped for a couple of months to get a nice photo of the new American plane and I decide to use my Olympus E-PM2 to create a higher quality image. I also did a hand-held HDR to further add dimension. The first image is my HDR. As you know, my technique tends to be on the light side, generally opting to enhance the color and texture only somewhat. A little bit more saturation, a bit of grittiness in the details and a bit more shine off the metal. I’m rarely heavy-handed in my HDR approach.

The photograph below is one frame (the middle exposure) from my trio of photos use to create the HDR. I think it looks decent but a bit washed out. I’ve post-processed it to increase the saturation, texture and contrast but it still doesn’t match the HDR for detail and depth. The effect is subtle but look at the engine and the shadow under the plane. Also notice that the HDR has more texture and reflections off the surface of the plane.

The New American - DFW Airport, Texas (Olympus E-PM2)

The New American – DFW Airport, Texas (Olympus E-PM2)

The last photograph was shot with the XZ-1 point and shoot. The framing is not the same but you can tell the colors and details are a bit more muted. There is a dull feel, almost like a grayish layer over the image. It’s still nice and most people will be happy with it but there is a difference between it and the Olympus E-PM2. Not surprising given the E-PM2 has a much larger and higher quality sensor along with a high quality prime lens.

The New American - DFW Airport, Texas (Olympus XZ-1)

The New American – DFW Airport, Texas (Olympus XZ-1)

Photograph taken with my Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm f2.5 lens. Also with my Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot.

Click on the photograph to see a larger image and hover over the photo to see the exposure detail.

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