Blackbird with Back Lighting

Shot of the Blackbird nose-on and back lit.
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Photographer Eric Long demonstrates how lighting the Blackbird from behind can help highlight the shape and contour of the aircraft. Because the aircraft was designed to reflect light, using a flash head on will result in a photograph that lacks detail. 


Eric Long


National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution


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