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on May 4, 2011 in Aviation

And What Started the Upward Move…

This is not a typical view of a very unique aircraft but it’s one anyone can get with access to a P-51. But when you’re with a one of a kind P-51C, it calls for more unusual thinking, or stretching the imagination to make the most of the opportunity. So once the light went to the harder side, it was time to shoot details shots of this gorgeous aircraft. It’s part of the story telling as well as recording history. One thing that makes this P-51C a one of a kind is how it was restored. It is 100% just as Lee Archer flew it down to the last rivet as a Tuskegee Airmen in the 1940s (Lee even autographed this plane on the armor plating)!

The ladder got one heck of a workout as it was moved and moved and moved to cover every angle covering about a 200 degree arc around the Mustang. I didn’t climb with every move, only a couple times when the angle seemed, from the ground (and it’s hard to guess from there) to look interesting. While this is a different look, it’s not my favorite angle.

Getting to the “busy” side started to make things more interesting. This was of course in part due to the hardness of the light. Just like the white on the Sunderland, the polished silver of the Mustang made for extra contrast causing everything around the Mustang to go darker making it really pop. Especially the painted sections of the plane. This is pretty typical how I make something happen when the light goes hard. You gotta think contrast and use it to you advantage to tell the story!

And this is the one shot I liked the best. Thinking through your problems, coming up with solutions to tell the story to me is a winning photographic recipe for hard light situations.

Photos captured by D3x, 24-120VR on Lexar UDMA digital film