Varig767 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 243 posts, RR: 3 Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4066 times:
This photo was added today and already had over 5000 views and is added to numerous photo albums. To me the aircraft seems white instead of silver. What causes the strange colours? is it snow or a special white livery or something? I am very curious.
Dvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1774 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4039 times:
The AA "chrome" behaves strangely much like the NW metallic does depending upon lighting conditions.
In this case there was probably quite a snowfield underneath, with clouds in front and sun (perhaps even slightly overcast) behind the photographer. The snow acts as a giant reflector card like in studio photography. It essentially eliminates the shadows, and the polished aluminum reflects the snow itself. The top reflects the clouds above/below it.
These conditions are actually very tricky to photograph in but you can get some awesome looking results. White planes turn as white as the snow itself. On a more average color scheme, these are the results you tend to get.
Mclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4025 times:
That photo also caught my attention, but the date and the place where it was made, gave the answer.
It's a great photo and an excellent edition.
I presume it's very hard to shoot with that weather (coming from a guy who only saw snow twice).
Congrats to the photographer
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The white MD-80s were ex-Reno Air aircraft. AA didn't keep them very long, and rather than stripping them to bare metal (as they did with the TWA aircraft), they painted the standard AA livery over a white base.