This past weekend just up the road was the first annual Minden Aviation Roundup. So with a Kitchen Pass, I made a day trip up to Minden to check ‘er out. I meet up with our son Brent, saw a bunch of friends both on the ground and in the air and it was an opportunity to make some clicks (practice is always a good thing). It was also a fundraiser for the Franklins so it was a no-brainer to attend. Being its first, it was a “smallish” airshow and that was great. Had a ton of fun talking with friend, watching the aircraft and of course, shooting.
I got out of the truck and first hing I saw was this Liberty Sport-Orval in the air giving folks rides. I grabbed the 200-400 on the Sun Sniper and got over to the runway. Being August and the Eastside, we had some great thunderheads brewing. Well that got me excited so I got in place to make the shot. The shot is not the top one, not by any means. The frame filler is OK but with that paint scheme, gray fuselage and yellow bi-wings, I wanted a small subject with big clouds! The clouds are everything!p>
The Liberty was on a pretty predictable flight pattern so after its first pass, I looked at the clouds selecting what section I wanted to the background. The best clouds were where the Liberty was the furthest out in its pattern. The yellow sucks the eye in against the gray like a heat seeking rocket, but it has to have a little light on it to work effectively. I attached the 1.7x and then tracked the Liberty looking for that yellow against the great clouds. I was very happy and like the bottom image the best. Not the rub is, it don’t look like much at all here on the blog with the overall image size so small. But then, I didn’t shoot it for the blog, I shot it for myself.
Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 w/TC-17e (handheld) on Lexar UDMA digital film