The Douglas C47 Dakota - HDR by Colin J Williams Photography


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2 HDR Images of 3 exposures merged in Autopano Pro, And Worked in CS3. RAF Cosford Cold War Hall.

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The Douglas C47, known as the Dakota in the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth services, became the world’s best known transport aircraft. The type saw widespread use by the Allies during the Second World War and by Air Forces and airlines post-war.

The C47 Skytrain and C53 Skytrooper were military versions of the DC3 airliner. The DC3 first flew in 1935 and was ordered by America’s airlines. With the outbreak of war these aircraft were diverted to the Allied Air Forces, followed by 10000 military variants constructed before production ceased in 1946. Japan and the Soviet Union also built over 2000 unlicensed copies.

The first of over 1900 Dakotas received by the RAF arrived in India in 1942. Dakotas served in every theatre of the war, notably in Burma, during the D-Day landings and the airborne assault on Arnhem in 1944.

Most RAF Dakotas had been retired or sold by 1950, the last active aircraft leaving the service in 1970. The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough operated a former Royal Canadian Air Force example (ZA947) from 1971 until 1993, when it joined the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) took their first deliveries of Douglas Dakota C47s in 1943 and the last of approximately 60 aircraft in 1946. During WWII Dakotas were operated by both the RAF and BOAC.

Ever since a child, aviation has been a keen interest of mine, with warbirds being my favourite. Since joining Redbubble, I have become a keen follower of HDR work, which I am concerntrating on at the moment.

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  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic treatment Colin
    cheers Neil

  • Now have a 3 Blade Blurred prop Layer !!

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  • Zoo-co
    Zoo-coabout 3 years ago


  • Many Thanks !!

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Super HDR Colin …

  • Thanks Tom !!

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

    excellent editing.
    my best, francis.

  • Thanks Francis !!

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  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 3 years ago

    I wasn’t going to mention your 3 prop blur !! LOL

  • Good Idea Neil !! Scshh !!

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  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 3 years ago

    Truly beautiful artwork from your great arrangement, thank you to inspire million friends and me.
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    Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
    Oscar Wilde
    Best regards,

  • Thank You !!!

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 3 years ago

    Extraordinary work, Colin!

  • Cheers John !!!

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  • Marie Brown ©
    Marie Brown ©about 3 years ago


  • Wow Thanks for the Feature !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenabout 3 years ago

    WOW! Stunning artwork!! Wtg

  • Thanks Carla !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant image, love the processing.

  • Thanks Nigel !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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