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on Mar 1, 2011 in Aviation

She Shines even when the Weather Doesn’t

Our gorgeous morning light and clouds came together in the afternoon to create dark clouds, flat light and really strong winds. Just because you have the planes standing by and cameras loaded doesn’t mean everything falls into place. No matter, we hit the skies with the B-17G Sentimental Journey.

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When we open up the door of the sky van and our participants see her staring right back at them, their faces say it all. It’s a powerful and magical moment that nothing can prepare you for. You see the hesitation in the shooting as the aw factor overwhelms them, every single one. Then it’s time to get down to the business of recording the moment.

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The air was amazingly rough, my right knee taking a pounding against the side of the sky van as I was bounced around. Stabilizing myself was only part of the battle, it was such that I even turned my VR on to Active from Normal. The biggest challenge was the flat light. The real saving grace was the polished bird out the back door. Sentimental Journey is in great shape for a 70yrs lady, just as graceful as ever.

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I determined for myself right from the get go that trying to capture overall wide shots of her wasn’t my goal. I wanted to go in tight and ended up shooting the entire flight with her tight. I wanted to capture the concentration on Reed’s face (the pilot) as he worked to fly in the wind and work with us to get the shot. You can’t see it readily in these small thumbnails but I was able to achieve my goal. I’ve been amazingly fortunate to photograph Sentimental Journey a few times now with a few more shoots yet to come this year. I was grateful for this shoot even though the light was less then perfect, to work on some other aspects of photographing the old lady.

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