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on Jul 8, 2010 in Aviation

Albatross Spotted in Carson City

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Received a great call yesterday, my very good friend and pilot Dennis called to say he was taking the HU-16 Albatross (gotcha with that title, didn’t I?) for a flight and he had two seats. Did I want to go? I simply said what time should we be at the hanger? This is a great plane which not only has an amazing history but just simply is a whole lot of fun. Dennis pulled it out of the hanger and parked it just perfect for some static work.

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Static aircraft are such a freaking challenge when you don’t have a clean background. Be it a bird, big game, person or plane, background is everything and while we had great light and clouds, the background just worked me over. Jake did some nice stuff getting up close, but I needed to get a portrait for the owner. This is when I pull out my secret weapon to make that background disappear. Tomorrow, Stephanie gets the file, my secret weapon!

When Jake & I were in Chino this past weekend shooting the Avenger, I learned something from Jake (I do quite often). He took this sweet shot with just a sliver of the canopy. I really liked that shot and remembered it when shooting the Albatross. You can’t really see it here in this small image, but the windows are a little slits making the front look like a raptor. Just a little aviation fun from a learned lesson.

Photos captured by D3x, 14-24AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film