So What’s Been Handed to Ya?
The problem still is, as with any photograph taken anywhere of anything, the background. When it comes to aviation, it’s no difference. I wrote about the challenge recently when I was shooting some air to air. So the challenge was on with this twenty minute flight to make something of the opportunity handed to us.
Do you back your bags and go just because it’s not exactly what you wanted or desired? That is a valid option but it’s typically not one I use. The F-86E flight was at 12:10 so the for all intents and purposes, the sun was directly overhead. The smog was pillin on and depending which way you pointed the lens, you got a totally different blue. To that you got different reflections on the F-86E as it flew over hangers, tarmac, fields, etc. And then there was the flight path, a lazy figure eight 800+ feet over the deck with the intersection of the eight right over our head and bloody right in front of the sun.
The closest the F-86E was to us was when it was directly overhead and in front of the sun. The first few passes (it only made a dozen) I went with aviation 101 stuff, the banking in and out of the turn. I could see in the viewfinder what I was getting and I wasn’t happy. Time it ticking, the problem needs to be solved…how?
Photos captured by D3s, 200-400VRII on Lexar UDMA digital film