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on Aug 31, 2011 in Photography

Fall Color Planning

Many photographers have planned their fall color trips already but after Irene, you might wanna rethink them. I know I am at least. One of my favorite regions in VT was hit hard, that’s Killington. I don’t know how many falls we’ve spent there, it’s where the world famous Jenny Farm is located seen here. Great fall color is a combination of spring water and fall temps (breaking it down into easy to find on web ingredients). At the same time, not having leaves damaged prior to fall color but things like summer heat waves, fall freezes or hurricane winds also makes a difference. But my biggest concern for my fall color plans is simple navigation. I spent yesterday just checking roads and 95% of the locations I want to go in VT, I can’t. The roads are gone! Yikes! Now two marvelous regions that did have lots of water this spring, a very mild summer and huge leaf production are the Rockies and the Sierra. This shot taken...

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on Aug 30, 2011 in Aviation

What Do You Do With Cool Colors?

While I’ve only been shooting planes a short time, I have put in my time behind a camera. That time behind the camera counts for each and everyone of us. The trick is, to reflect on that time and apply those lessons we’ve learned to our current journey. That’s where so many fall down because they think wildlife or landscape or portraiture or sports or horse photography aren’t related. But they most certainly are related and by the one thing that haunts most photographers, light! So while I might be new to aviation, I’m certainly not new to light or how to use it to manipulate the viewer of my photographs. Here’s a classic example of what I’m talking about. Here’s a little Bellanca 8KCAB putting on a great show at the Minden Aviation Roundup. The sun had darted behind the clouds (which were great) giving the total scene a “cool” cast. A color cast is a bluish cast which we mentally perceive as being cool (don’t understand this,...

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on Aug 30, 2011 in Great Stuff

What am I Teaching at PSW?

“What am I teaching?” Next week is Photoshop World and I’ve been receiving more and more emails with this question. There is so much to see, hear and learn at PSW, one simply can’t make every class so prioritizing is a must. If you’ve not grabbed the new, outstanding, free Photoshop World app for your iPhone/iPad, grab it because it permits you to create your own special schedule of classes you must attend. I will be of course teaching with my good friend, the amazing Joe McNally, the Napp Safari. We have a brand new locale for our shoot that I know will be a haunting good time. I’ll be on the show floor in the Peach Pit Theater talking wildlife photography and I have two classes I would like you to attend. Aviation Photography on the 8th at 8:15 and ACR Landscape on the 9th at 8:15 (ouch!). So why would you wanna get up early and come to my classes, just what might your learn? You point...

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on Aug 29, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Irene Couldn’t Stop the Mission

I had gotten word of this and wasn’t sure how I could spread the news. Until I saw the USA Today ran the story today on their iPad edition. This just boggles my mind. For those who don’t know that a Whimbrel is, it’s a big shorebird about the size of your basic park pigeon but just with longer legs and...

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on Aug 29, 2011 in Aviation, B&W Photography

Great Clouds Scream B&W!

Well, after the Liberty landed, I went looking for other subjects to put with the clouds. That’s actually a pretty common tactic of mine, I find a background I really love and then look for something to put in front of it. And when it comes to our fabulous summer thunderheads, the chase is on. So at the Minden Aviation Roundup there was a small static display they called a Zoo (planes with animal names) for the kids. I wondered over there since the light on the aircraft look good.First aircraft I came to is an old favorite, the Grumman G-73 “Mallard.” The first thing I did was do a quick looksie through the lens to see if I liked the clouds in the background. Then, I moved backwards until I got the cropping I wanted of the Goose. Then I slid sidewise real slow until the center frame of the glass lined up with the tail. I then, using the grid in the E Scrn, but that line...

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