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on Mar 4, 2011 in Aviation

Into the Heavens We Flew

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Background, what background? DOF, what DOF? You’ve heard me rant about how I hate bald skies and how I love clouds, well, let me tell you about clouds! When it comes to air to air photography and they say the sky’s the limit, they weren’t talkin about having clouds!

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The only real challenge as I saw it was my buffer. Shooting with dual D3xs, I would go back and forth between bodies as the buffer would fill. One body had the 70-200VR2 w/TC-17e and the other had the 24-120VR. Both were set to ISO L1, Shutter Priority with a shutter speed of 1/125. All I did was focus on the clouds, the whites, blacks and all the shades in between. When the Shrike was amongst those that seem to be magical, I would hit the hummer.

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It was great while it lasted. The storm was moving fast and the clouds moving out while dissipating. It is the desert and as one of the AZ CAF folks mentioned after we landed, “we only have clouds like five days out of the year.” It was the amazing foresight and talent of our fellow instructor and 2nd seat pilot Doug that we had this amazing shoot. The best part, this was just the warm up, we had more great stuff right around the next orbit.