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on Mar 1, 2011 in Aviation

Ah, The Power & Agility!

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We were once again incredibly fortunate to have Bob Odegaard & his son Casey flying in their Stang and Cripes A’Mighty for us again. These P-51Ds are amazing aircraft and the skill of the Odegaards at the stick make for some really great shooting!

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The first challenge for me is the background. As you can see in the top photo, while Bob looks great in Cripes, they are both lost in the business of the background. If it were the first time to photograph either of these aircraft air to air, you click like a made man giving no never mind to that background. As you shoot them more and more, you get picker as you look for the shot to speak about these planes.

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You can look at these three images and see exactly what I’m referring to. As the background gets cleaner and cleaner, the elegance and power of the Mustang becomes more and more distinct. No matter the subject, always strive to find the best background to let you subject free while still telling its story.

Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film