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on Mar 30, 2011 in Aviation

And Life Proved My Point For Me

We had some great light the last minutes of the shoot so we put KT to work. This is the great lady at Stallion 51 who made the afternoon possible for us. I very sweet lady who was all too happy to get in WWII WAC clothing and pose for us with the T-6. This is straight shot from the camera. As simple as can be, my kinda shooting. When I made this click, I was telling the group I was thinking B&W, making a click that is very similar of those shot in the ’40s of WACs doing their pride in their work. And it just brings my point back into the spot light. If KT hadn’t had faith that letting a photographic come to their planes (a first for them), we wouldn’t have been there. Without her putting on this great period clothing and posing, we wouldn’t have this brief window back in time. It’s the people that make this aviation, photography and world special. Can’t thank...

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on Mar 30, 2011 in Aviation

NAPP Safari Heads to Fantasy!

It’s PreCon day at Photoshop World which means we take the show on the road and infect photographers, with photography! For a change of pace, we took our Safari to Fantasy of Flight, a marvelous place with some great aircraft like this Tri-Ford for subjects. The whole goal of the safari is to explore light and this time, we explored it while learning a little history while having a whole lot of fun! I’m the first one to admit I’m not the best at shooting statics (parked planes) so heading out to teach folks this fine art was a bit of a nail bitter. But when the planes took to the air like this Duck, lens were pointed up and my nerves settled down. I take NOTHING for granted nor put labels on this stuff or photographers, I go out and deal with the cards dealt and with students, in that process try to teach from the ups and downs. So while the sky might not have been perfect,...

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on Mar 30, 2011 in Aviation

Stallion 51 is Outstanding!

We headed to Stallion 51 for our sunset shoot where the folks at Stallion 51 rolled out the red carpet for us, literally! KT & Willie couldn’t have done more us, rolling out a L-39, P-51D & T-6 on the tarmac for us to photograph. Left in the hangar were three other P-51Ds like this one that we could work to our hearts content. The safari participants went nuts, totally getting into this aviation photography thing. (I kinda like my quick flash work on this one, not bad for a lonely wildlife guy.) We had models on the wings, in the cockpit, kissing the prop, doing classic ’40s pinup posses on the aircraft, it was a ton of fun. Then when the light went down folks went in to watch McNally work the flashes which left the planes all by themselves. Many were out there beside me shooting, some who never thought a plane an interesting subject but now admitted in person and by email (already) that they are...

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