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on Jun 7, 2011 in Aviation

Oh Boy, Field Trip!

After our killer time at MCAS Miramar, the ISaP field trip continued on to a land that has no description where few men have ventured before. To say we went to Bill Allen’s house really doesn’t cut it. That because it’s not just some house, but a hangar converted into a barn with vast collections of helmets and aviation posters and oh yeah, biplanes! It really overwhelmed the senses and was a ton of fun just to meet our host and cruise his home he opened up to us. We weren’t there long before someone said, “Hey, you might wanna go around the corner, there’s a gorgeous Fairey Firefly parked there.” Sure enough, it was parked there and oh yeah, it was gorgeous! But how do you make something from this opportunity?

The fact it wasn’t really parked for photography is like many subjects, you’ve gotta make the most of what’s presented you. You can see from the top shot that your basic poses aren’t going to fly. What you can’t see is all the photographers around the plane also shooting it. I’ve come to learn that others in the photograph really isn’t a problem so I shoot without stressing about them being in the frame. I do try to minimize the hassle by looking at where they are at and lines to match, but otherwise I just click. So with a plane set in place and with folks walking about, I saw only one place to shoot the overall Firefly.

That’s right, the Butt shot was the pose to go for. While I like the PT-17 Stearman in the upper frame, it’s the gesture of the Firefly in the bottom frame that makes it my favorite. The difference is the top frame I was on the ground and the bottom frame I was on one knee. That coming up those 18″ permitted the wings to come into the frame, the D Day stripes to appear and gives the plane some visual depth. And if there were no clouds in the sky, I would have not even made the click. The top frame I used OnOne Software to finish and the bottom two frames are 1 image HDR. But you knew that. It’s a real sweet plane that some day I hope I have a whole lot more intimate time with.

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