Now, Let’s Juice This Thing Up!
You might be wondering, “Is it hard to sit in a seat in the wind and shoot?” It really isn’t, it’s not as windy as you might think, at least it wasn’t as windy as I thought it would be. What was hard was to think about photography and not just sit there and enjoy the flight. In fact, there were many times when I did just that, sat, look, stared, dreamed and watch the countryside slip by. I can’t thank Mike enough for not only the opportunity but the amazing night. Whata flight!
OK, back to work. With the limited buffer of the D3x and since we were flying which means things go by quickly and there is no repeats, taking care with picture taking is important. So the first think I watched was the lighting on the wings and the ground. Look at the top photo, see how the wings are in shadow? This to me isn’t light and airy and doesn’t communicate the sheer joy of being in an open cockpit plane flying. With that in mind and Mike did the wing overs I would first enjoy the banked turn and then watching the light, bring the camera up with the strut shadows could be used to lead the eye into the frame.
After that, it was all about the background (it’s always about the background with me) and in this case, it was earth. I wanted the curved horizon which from our angle and the 16Fish was easy to do. If the wing weren’t in the middle of the frame like the top frame, you see the curve of the earth looking a little off to say the least. This meant the wing need to be centered so the curve would look correct. So you add up lens, light and background in the bottom photo and you get the kind of images I was after while having the time of my life!
Photos captured by D3x, 16Fish on Lexar UDMA digital film