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on Feb 2, 2010 in Aviation

Taking Care of a Client – Camera & Computer Craft

So in the last few weeks I’ve been in the skies over Lake Tahoe, a firehouse in San Fran, the frozen landscape of Yellowstone to now in the sweltering lands of Florida. Well, I have a couple of heartbeats of time while getting some images together for a client and I realized I’ve not posted all that I’ve done during this time so for my simple mind to function, I thought I would start at the beginning. For a project that you’ll see in the future, Jake & I took to the skies in T-6 Texans.

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As you can see in this photo, the rear canopy is open so you can shoot the opposite plane cleanly, not having to shoot through the canopy. This has its advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is the pilot of my plane and the owner of both T-6s loves his planes and wants to see them in photos in a certain way. In this case, with the canopy closed. Well, I told him not a problem, we would close the canopies in post. I said this knowing darn well I didn’t have the skills to do that. But I know someone who could.

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There were four images I printed up 24×30 and presented to the pilot/owner as a thank you (and for future projects). At our SF DLWS, I put these four images on a Lexar Jumpdrive and handed them to Stephanie with the assignment of “closing the canopy.” I figured the project would take her days and with her other work load, she would tell me it might be a while. Damn it, if not within minutes of handing her the stick she came back and said, “Check this image, is this what you want?” I felt 20yrs older within minutes when I looked at the image and was blown away. What you’re seeing here is the image and if you want to see one very talented Photoshop craftsman, er, I mean woman.

(click here to see Stephanie’s mad Photoshop skillz) – Opens in Zoomify

I had to make the image with the quality to start with and Stephanie finished it with her skills. With the opportunity now to follow a totally different type of flight photography, having the talents and support of Stephanie behind me has my mind thinking of other images I could go after and stay true to the subject.

And the client, they just said, “BEAUTIFUL!”

And is Stephanie going to teach how she did this? Yeap, once she teaches me. But we’ll have that lesson here in the future.

Photo captured by D3s, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film