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Strange Coloured AA 767

Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:12 pm

Hello all,

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.

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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:19 pm

Funky contrast in snowy conditions I think
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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:42 pm

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.

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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:03 pm

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).
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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:32 pm

Indeed, a deep blanket of snow on the ground give very unusual lighting for planes on short final - they look as though they're illuminated from below.

Taken at SVO at -15C with 1.5m of snow on the ground (I have never been so cold before!)

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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:42 am

Clean colored AA, one of the cleanest! But at last, must agree with TimdeGroot looks like a Moscow approach
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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:12 am

Its AA chrome, i can see the reflection. I have seen pitures of white AA MD80's, though. UGLY!!!
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RE: Strange Coloured AA 767

Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:43 pm

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6):
I have seen pitures of white AA MD80's, though.

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.

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