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on Jun 23, 2011 in Aviation

The Tiger Morning

The morning I had with Rod Lewis’ F7F Tigercat “Here Kitty Kitty” was really killer. I say morning but in reality, we had only about 50min with her when we had light to work. We (Scottie & I) arrived long before sun up to get things like the ladder and Gtizo set up, trash cans moved, ropes lowered so when the light start to happen, we’d be ready to go. As you can see, we had bald skies which means the light would change fast and not for the better. I had talked to Rod the evening before and he was very kind to have Here Kitty Kitty parked how you see it and with the wings left down. I asked for the plane to be parked as you see because of past experience shooting in the morning. See the light on the nose of the plane, those nice highlights on both side? That’s a common thing at Stead for a short time each morning. It’s great light and I wanted to take advantage of it.

Photographing a dark blue subject against a black background can be a crazy scenario. I have that combo because I went up on the ladder. Many have asked why did I do that? The main reason is because it’s a vantage point you normally don’t get. Having the plane to ourselves and parked as I wanted, going up made sense. Normally it’s parked wherever it’s parked and you’re shooting from eyelevel. Once I went up, I had that color combo to deal with. With that, the yellow tips on the props became pretty important. The hint of color really catches the eye. That’s why I kept moving the tripod up on the nose to make that final vertical which I really like. After all of that, there is the light itself and the desired results. I blogged on Monday two images from this seen and commented on how I went. Well, the question I have for you now is, are these single clicks or HDR images? I’m actually not going to say, you’ll have to look, think and feel the answer out. I’m just glad it’s one of those morning when I was able to grab the tiger’s tail and hold on!

Photos captured D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film