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on May 2, 2011 in Aviation

I Love Challenges…Do You?!

Would it strike you as funny that I look at a lot and I mean a lot, of food photography? The fact I’m always looking at fashion photography might though but then you don’t know what I’m looking at. What about sports, illustration, commercial just a few other genres of photography I’m constantly looking at and more importantly, learning from other disciplines then wildlife photography. I am always amazed and at times quite disappointed when talking with photographers and they have a closed mind to looking at other photography then what they enjoy. With so many people on this planet and with each having their own take on life, how can we not help but learn by engaging in conversation with those we find interesting. We shouldn’t take anything for granted and while I’m as guilty of this as the next, I do recognize and try not to be. If you’ve stuck with me this far into the blog, I thank you and have a further challenge then for you.

We spent an ~amazing~ weekend at Fantasy of Flight which played host for our latest Air2Air Workshops. We arrived on Friday in time for the 1:30 demo flight, the featured plane was the Storch. This cook, German WWII observation plane has the ability to basically stop in the air, flying at less then 25mph. Panning skill really not as important with this moving target as handholding skill. But if you are observant and a constant Moose Blog reader, you might notice a little resemblance in the attitude of the Storch compared to a photograph posted not too long ago of a Swainson’s Hawk. Everything from attitude of the plane to lighting is in fact very similar. I get constant emails from photographers asking how can they improve their panning skills. Practice is key and I have always recommended heading to a local duck pond with unbuttered popcorn and have someone throw it up for the gulls and try to make a great flight image. Well, want more advance practice/training, then head to the local airport and try the same thing. There is so much to learn, so little time and even less to but it all to practice. Make the most of every minute and your photography will reward you.

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