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on Mar 29, 2011 in Aviation

18 Minutes Just Isn’t Enough!

John of History Flights offered me a ride in their AT-6 to do an air to air I was so high I didn’t need a photo ship. The weather this morning nearly did us in. We had a very small window to go up and shoot before the weather closed in around us. From take off to landing, it was just a 18min flight but it was a great 18min. Here’s a quick image from the flight, not the best but it was near the end of the file so I could quickly get it posted. It’s no the best because the feature making this plane unique, the canon, is not visible. I did get that shot but that’s still uploading in the computer as I type. I can’t thank John and History Flights enough for this and upcoming opportunities. I can’t wait for our next project in 45 days! Photo captured by D3x, 24-120VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Mar 29, 2011 in Aviation

Angle – Yes & No

Just talking with folks this past weekend at the FL Int’l Airshow brought tons of great opportunities to my door. This is one of the coolest. This is the only B-25H flyin and what makes it unique is the tank canyon mounted in its nose for attaching ships. It’s an amazing plane with an incredible history. Its pilot / chief bottle washer John of History Flights (check them out, they do incredible work!) instantly took us in and started to tell us Barbie’s story. That led to getting a tour of inside the B-25 and that led to this morning. We were to meet at 08:30. at 07:30 the skies opened up with thunder, lightning and a downpour. At 09:00 our photo mission was back on and to the airport I flew! Both of these are handheld, 5 frame, handheld HDR images. Shooting right into those backlit clouds, HDR was the only option. Handheld because I was about to climb into a AT-6 and go shooting so I had...

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on Mar 28, 2011 in Aviation

Special Effects Don’t Hurt a Thing!

Part of the airshow are the pyrotechnics set up to simulate bomb drops. They are a HUGE crowd pleaser! When they go off you can feel the heat from the blast. Some pilots tend to avoid the fire and smoke while others seem to gravitate right to it. I like those pilots because I’ve had some great success shooting the planes in the smoke. The A-10 Warthog pilot today was one such pilot who made his first pass through the smoke as you see here during his tight bank turn demo. His next pass he changed his orbit and orientation so now we’re looking down on top of the plane. The best part is the smoke is diffusing the light to some degree giving a better lighting pattern then I had shooting without the smoke. It was simply a cool photo op that happened for just a moment. Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Mar 28, 2011 in Aviation

I Had My Hopes Up

You might have seen it, but there are some really great fighter images out there with amazing vapor waves forming around the aircraft. The vapor waves come from humidity in the air being excited by the airstream going over the fighter. We’re here at the FL Int’l Airshow this weekend shooting my next Kelby Training video and when the F-16 took to the air and I saw the vapor saves, I thought that I might get one of those cool shots. I tracked that fighter for every inch of its flight but the best I can do is what you see here. I had my hopes up but no cigar for that killer wave shot. What is so, so, so cool about this airshow is you are up close and personal with the planes. That F-16 on one pass as you can see was right on top of us and it banked and turned. It was a killer photo op! Now how did I captured this photo? You’ll have...

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on Mar 26, 2011 in Aviation

FL Int’l Airshow

Sharon, Jake & I left Kauai and came straight across to FL to be at the in Punta Gorda. We made that flight because not only is the airshow a really good one (really, really good one) but also because we’re filming my next Kelby Training class on, aviation photography. There are two main attributes making this a great airshow. One is the aircraft, they have a great force here, you can see a sample above. The other is the show is “small” in that if it’s very personal, not spread over a huge acreage and all the aircraft in the air are right overhead. We’re really enjoying it and can highly recommend. We’ll be there again tomorrow and if you’re at the show, I hope if you see us you’ll come up and say hi! Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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