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on Jun 25, 2012 in Aviation

Angle vs. Light

There is a question photographers often face with the answer being cut and dry yet, ignored. The question..go for the angle or go for the light? Here’s a simple example of what I mean. At a fly in birthday party this past weekend, the sun set slowly and was given extra drama as it sank through the trees. The top image is my preferred angle to this gorgeous PT-17 Stearman. But the bottom image by far has the better light. In my book, light trumps angle every time making the bottom image my favorite.

Like every piece of new gear that comes into my bag, I tie myself to it for weeks until I feel I know all its pluses and minuses. So it has been with me and the D800. These images shot with the D800 with MB-D12 attached along with the 70-200VR2 I’m finding works better and better for me. The weak link is not the gear but the photographer! By nature, I am not a tripod shooter, preferring to handhold all my shots. The D800 without the MB-D12 just didn’t fit my hands that I was use to, I couldn’t wrap my hand around the way I’ve become accustomed to for the last 30yrs. The addition of the MB-D12 has made all the difference in the world to me! Now it does defeat the purpose of the smaller body but it’s made a huge difference to me and my results.