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on Sep 26, 2012 in Aviation

Size Isn’t Everything

Kent Pietsch just makes flying look like fun! At the same time, he is the perfect example that the subject does not have to fill the frame to grab the eye. In this example, any smaller and you wouldn’t be able to see him flying in his Interstate Cadet. Shot with the D4’s and 200-400VR2 (handheld), his “dead stick” show with smoke is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. The smoke takes the eye through the frame, you need no tricks or whistles to lead the eye right to the Kent. And with leading the eye like that, you don’t have to fill the frame with the subject, quite to the contrary. It’s an important lesson you should tuck in the back of your mind, it’s a great technique to making more of...

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on Sep 26, 2012 in Aviation

Tripods Have Legs…

One of my favorite quotes comes from John Shaw, “Tripods have legs, so do you!” Photographers have the bad habit of planting for a photograph and never moving. While some of the time, that is OK, the majority of the time, the first place we stop to make our photograph is not the best. One of the most common comments when criticing images is simple, literally, take one step closer to the subject. Moving can be just that slight in improving your photograph. The main point is, don’t settle! I’ve posted a couple of these photos already since they were taken last week at the Reno Air Races. F-15s of the OR Air Guard were at Reno doing demo flights and being part of the Heritage Flights. One morning we were down the ramp where they were parked and after a discussion with the guard, we want shooting. The photos are not on the page as they were taken, I’m going to leave that up to your imagination how...

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on Sep 25, 2012 in Aviation

I’m so Into Raptors!

They are fast, they are loud and they do things in the air that planes just shouldn’t be able to do! I love watching Raptors, the F-22 strut its stuff. I never tire photographing them either. Shooting them is easier than you might think. Shooting with the D4, 200-400VR2 w/TC-14e in Aperture Priority at f/5.6, just pan and click. Now here’s a little trick for you. If you’re not sure about your panning skills, not sure about your ability to compose and pan, simply rip the camera on each pass. The plane has to travel out, travel back before it can perform again giving any camera plenty of time to empty its buffer to do it all over again. Until you refine your skills, you can let percentages work in your...

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on Sep 25, 2012 in Aviation

Moose style “Plane on a Stick”

There are a lot of aviation enthusiast who travel the country documenting aircraft that have been set up on large posts, what I call “plane on stick.” There are actually books on where to find these! Well, Jay Maisel has his own version I really like, a shot of a departing 747 that looks like it’s perched on top of a control tower. I’ve always wanted an image like that so this last week at Reno, I tried to get my own and I think I got pretty close. I love havin...

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on Sep 25, 2012 in Aviation

2 Birds with 1 Click?

I know, kinda lame but when I saw this OR Air Guard F-15 with the Eagle on the tail, I was in love! There wasn’t a time it was in the air I wasn’t shooting it. The did all sorts of “on the deck” slights which while hard on the ears, is simply fun to watch! If there is anything on my bucket list, it would be to be on the deck in a military jet. It’s just gotta be...

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