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on Jan 31, 2011 in Aviation

A Quick Flyby

And right after Sentimental Journey took off, a PT-17 Stearman took off. Good panning practice and always fun to see the old classics in the air! Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jan 31, 2011 in Aviation

A Lit’l Sentimental Journey

Our friends from the AZ CAF brought Sentimental Journey up to Palm Springs Air Museum so we headed down to see our friends and take in the great Saturday presentation. We really didn’t go down for the purpose of photography but we did have our camera with us, naturally. So on one of the afternoon flights of Sentimental Journey, we head out to the flight line to photograph the happenings. The last image made me glad I took out the camera; it’s all about the people! It was a great day at the museum! mtc Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jan 31, 2011 in Aviation

Greg Poe – WOW!

Last Sept at the Reno Air Races, I was very fortunate to be asked along on a editorial shoot with my bud and aviation mentor Richard of world...

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on Jan 28, 2011 in Camera Tech

Since We’re on the Topic of Flash

And why is Sharon giving me that look? Well, because she knows what’s coming, the “before” shot when her gorgeous eyes and bright smile disappear in the inky light. That, and she’s done this a hundred times for me, she’s a trooper (won’t mention how bloody cold it was)! But this first click not only set the stage to talk about the light and its deficiencies, but also the shutter speed I wanted to blur the water in Bridal Veil Creek in the background (1/4 f/6.7). Applying flash just because you can is as useless as doing HDR just because you can. To me, there must be a purpose, something to communicate to make them useful tools. So what we went through with the group at DLWS in Yosemite was the reason why we needed flash. What’s the main issue with the top photo? The preponderance of blue! Why wouldn’t a reflector work? It would have bounced more blue light into Sharon. Understanding light is why many are scared...

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on Jan 28, 2011 in Great Stuff, Technology

And How Was it Shot?

A common and good question I receive a lot is, “How’d you shoot that” whenever I post a product shot. Because I’m a wildlife photographer, what I know about lighting? Since I don’t have a permanent studio, I keep it really simple because I just hate setting it up and taking it down. What I do now is what you see, attached to two Manfrotto 1004BAC stands are two Lastolite EzyBoxes. Inside of them are two SB-900s which are triggered TTL via the Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 (which rock since you don’t have to play “bend the flash” for the sensors). I used my favorite studio lens, the 70-180macro on the D3x and went click. Oh yeah, my white background? The Epson 24×30 Exhibition paper box (it was handy). Then in post, I simply lowered the opacity of the Wimberley. Keeping it...

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