Next up in the viewfinder was the PT-17 Stearman. A fighter trainer back in the day, these now fill the main roll of enticing folks to leave the safety of earth for a flight.
You might not recognize it because typically they have a blue and yellow paint scheme. This one was dubbed “The Red Baron” and was a lot of fun to photograph.
When you go up in the air, you have a little more time to shoot with good light because of the change of angles. But once the light goes hard, it goes hard! Just like shooting back on earth, when the light gets hard you have two options, stop shooting or experiment and see what you can make of the situation. So I played and while I like this photo, it’s the next one I really like.
Once we were shooting into the light, the contrast between the white wings and the earth made it a no win situation for exposure so I simple underexposed to create what you see here. It would seem the white of the Sky Van reflected just a tad of light into the front of the Strearman which is what saves the whole image. If it were black, it would have been deleted. I would love to tell you that I saw that in the air, but I would be lying.
Photos captured by D3x, 24-120AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film