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on Aug 9, 2013 in Aviation

Osh Shooting = Tired Eyes


Been home a few days and haven’t left the Mac Retina / Wacom 13 yet! I’ve crank through about 900 images so far, but I now know why I don’t do portraits for a living. My eyes are so tired from retouching, I can barely see this screen to type and I’m wearing my glasses! Really, how do portrait photographers do it? I know why they seem to all wear glasses though. With aviation photography, I push myself hard to get images finished and off to friends, pilots and clients fast if for no other reason than to say thanks. You’d be surprised how that one little word, thanks, can make all the difference in moving your career forward. Well, in the process of finishing, I tend to work starting with the first image taken and work through them in the order they were taken. It’s just a logic so I can find easily where I left off in my finishing. Well, after doing so many portraits, I find images I took that were, “What ifs” that I go and finish you could say, as a treat after hours of dealing with wrinkles.


These are two such images. I had rented a D4 from which was my primary, on the strap, quick shooting body (others were attached to big lens and for video only). This D4 had the 18-35AFS all the time for shots like this. I just really like the B-25 “Devil Dog” so I’m always looking for unique static images since I’ve not meet the crew yet to take it further. This morning, I went for the “sun burst” shot forgetting the main rule, clean your front element first! Even though the sun was already up, I simply squeezed it under the tail at the same time shooting with the lens closed down. Then in post, I opened up the shadows with ACR8 and done. The other photo was taken with the D4 / 200-400VR2 is of the Ford Tri-Motor that basically flies all day taking folks on rides. Being a cool, old plane and with the skies, I used Perfect B&W (love that plugin) to make the photo look old by going B&W.

On a photographic side note, two things. Lugging the 200-400VR2 around for 15hrs each day, it gets heavy. I lighten the load using the Sun Sniper strap. And to protect the lens as you “bump” through the crowd, the 200-400VR2 wears a LensCoat. Both of these accessories make working the flight line just a little easier. And with that daily trivia, it’s back to retouching portraits. sigh….