The Atlas ICBM

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Occasionally I create something that actually speaks to me.

Usually it’s by accident.

Such is the case with this Photographic Art creation:

Atlas Missile

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

That is an Atlas missile located at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Gillespie Field Annex. No one ever goes out there because it’s not located anywhere remotely near a tourist trap.

According to Wikipedia:

The Atlas was the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed and deployed by the United States. It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Convair Division of General Dynamics at the Kearny Mesa assembly plant right here in San Diego. Atlas became operational as an ICBM in October 1959 and was used as a first stage for satellite launch vehicles for half a century. The Atlas missile’s warhead was over 100 times more powerful than the bomb dropped over Nagasaki in 1945.

My picture had a bunch of crud in it–utility poles, light poles, vehicles, dumpsters, buildings–that really made the picture look, well, cruddy. I took all of that crud out so that just the missile was left standing there. Then I went to Photoshop’s filters and applied some to it to see what I might get.

The filter that gave me the above picture is the Artistic Neon Glow filter. I set the glow to red, which gave me the red lines, provoking an imagery of bloody death resulting from these missiles.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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