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on Jun 14, 2012 in Aviation

The Challenge of Making New from Old


“Welcome Home!” was the greeting we got from Val when we pulled Monday to PRS, precursiour to the Reno Air Races (which are more definitely happening this Sept!). And home it is as this is where my passion for aviation was wed with pixels five years ago. When we were new to PRS & Reno, everything was new and photographically, finding new images was not a challenge because it was all new. But now with our fifth event, finding the new image from old at first seemed to be a challenge. Jake, Brent & I thought about it and in a short time we decided we wanted to try a new perspective. Normally at pylons shooting up at the aircraft, we thought we’d trying shooting across at them. The only vantage point for that was at the top of the Grand Stands. So we packed up our gear, a lot of water and headed to the top. Damn is it hot up there in the full sun at 91 degrees! We only spent a couple of hours up there but the potential was obvious as our dear friend went screaming past in #43. With the D4 attached to 600VR w/Tc-14e worked well. No problem with the FPS or images quality even with the heat shimmer. The focal length was good, might go with TC-20eIII tomorrow. But we did find something new from the old, now to exploit it and make it ours.