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on Feb 28, 2011 in Aviation

Panning Practice at Air2Air

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Practice, Practice, Practice, I do it all the time because it’s the only way I know of keeping sharp at my panning skills. Getting a sharp image throwing the 200-400VR2 around at 1/90 demands constant practice. Once again the field provided us access (which is everything in aviation) to the taxi way for the group to learn, practice and refine their handholding and panning, We had Sentimental Journey and some other cool aircraft including the Lancair Evolution, one of only three around. The sky wasn’t the best but no matter, I was just practicing. I selected the 1/90 not only to show visually how good my technique (in case I needed more practuce), not just to blur the prop, but to blur out the background as much as possible. I was glad the images came out sharp, hate to think my practice went for not. Great start to Air2Air and only a hint of things to come! Photo captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on...

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on Feb 28, 2011 in Aviation

Workin New Subjects and Questionable Backgrounds

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Our good friend and supporter Bob acquired a new plane, this 500s Shrike and she’s a beaut! I personally have never seen one so never photographed it. Since it would be one of our air to air targets, I wanted to get a few static shots of it. This movie requires Flash Player 9 By the time I moved over to the Shrike the clouds had already closed in. To make the most of the opportunity though we pulled the plane out and positioned it on the ramp. It just amazed me how our hosts, the AZ Wing of the CAF treats us like kings and spoils us. This movie requires Flash Player 9 With that ability to position the planes as we need for the available background, even with the clouds change we can make the image. I like both images for different reasons. The 1st Shrike because of the graphic, the 2nd because of the gesture and the NanChang, well that’s...

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on Feb 28, 2011 in Aviation

Air2Air Cranks it Up

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Our 2nd Air2Air Workshop began under a cloud, the cloud of bad weather shutting us down. While weather in landscape photography is a great thing, when planes are involved it’s not so good. None the less before sunrise we were on the tarmac with one of my favorite subject, B-17G Sentimental Journey. And we were in place before the sun peaked out from under the clouds lighting up the storm front. Yummy! This movie requires Flash Player 9 There is one thing you need to think about when shooting aviation and that’s distorting the wings. Those large lifting bodies have a distinct shape that makes the plane, the plane so I really prefer not to redesign them with my lens. This movie requires Flash Player 9 It is really a small matter but you can see here that just by closing in a little physically shooting at the same focal length, 18mm, the distortion I’m talking about. Photography can be that way, little...

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on Feb 25, 2011 in Aviation, B&W Photography

It’s Starting to Feel Like Home

This movie requires Flash Player 9 We’re down in Phoenix getting ready for our Air2Air workshop which is based out of the AZ Wing of the CAF. These great folks open up their doors and hearts and make us feel right at home. This is the home base for the B-17G Sentimental Journey and the B-25 Made in the Shade you see here. This movie requires Flash Player 9 The AZ CAF does an amazing job putting people together with our history which I personally think is so important. I wasn’t able to photograph it, but today a WWII B-17 radioman who was shot down and was a POW was flying in Sentimental Journey. When if got back down he was nothing but smiles. That’s an aspect of aviation photography I truly enjoy. I’ll be blogging through out the weekend, give you something to do as the weather is looking to keep many in. Photos captured by D3x, 24-120VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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