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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, it did have enough character then when being picky with your background, there were photos to be made.

A step back in time with barn stormin, that’s just one thought that came to mind when this old biplane giving rides crossed the field. Working tight to bring in the background was the point, leaving only the slight gap for visual separation. The group got lots of panning practice while learning that getting a sharp image with the image in the right part of the frame ain’t as easy you might think. You can’t get old and rest on your laurels no matter what you focus on in photography. Constant practice is a must!

While some didn’t understand or get it when I said that aviation is all about the people as the aircraft, I think this click sums it up. Those folks out barn stormin had the biggest smile when they landed, who couldn’t help but feel the thrill of flight or photography for that matter when looking at those faces. The first half of the day rocked, we had great subjects and great folks to share it with. After that, nothing else really mattered!

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film