"Cockpits en Piloten’ gives us in word and picture what is happening in the cockpit of various aircraft. The technical information is spiced with the personal experiences of expert pilots.
The cockpit photo looks simple. The ingredients are indeed little more than mechanics and electronics. It all seems simple, but to photograph it, it wasn’t. I made use of a view camera, what allowed me to independently influence or correct perspective and the depth of field. The images were captured on 4 x 5 inch slides (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm).
Depending on the size of the cockpit, the view camera was mounted on a timber tripod and the sometimes fastened tight space. Tinkering with tape and rope and a lot of improvisation were my allies. The aircrafts were preferably placed in a dark environment. By making use of artificial light, I could put my hand to the exposure. The tungsten slide film Kodak T64 yielded excellent sharpness and a beautiful color rendition. The preparation of a cockpit took about four hours for each shot of an average of twenty seconds (on aperture 22). The 58mm Schneider lens was best suited to make an overall picture of the cockpit. I usually photographed from the viewpoint of the pilot.
The book counts 180 pages, is in full color and was written (in Dutch) by Frans Van Humbeek and initiated with a foreword by Belgian 2nd astronaut Frank De Winne.
- Camera: Sinar F2 (Technical camera)
- Lens: 58mm Schneider.
- Lights: Broncolor
- Test Recordings: Polaroid
- Film: Kodak T64, 4x5 inch, slide film (Tungsten)
- Shutter speed: usually around 20 sec.
- Aperture: 22
- Project Duration: 2 years
- Distance driven: 7,000 km. (in Belgium)
- Preparations: about 4 hours settings for each cockpit.
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