With that smile, how could you not want to go up and meet Clancy. He sucked me in instantly and we became fast friends from the first hand shake! He was one of the featured vets the Texas Flying Legends Museum brought in to speak at Warbird Alley at Oshkosh. Clancy has one helluva life story and he’s not shy about telling you it if you want to listen. I couldn’t get enough of his stories because he not only is a WWII Vet, flew in the TBM a lot (a favorite plane) but was also a navy photographer. Many of the iconic WWII Pacific photographs we see today are Clancy’s. When we were setting up this portrait, Clancy was telling me stories the entire time (you really can’t stop him). In fact, he didn’t stop talking while I was shooting which was a hoot. When I finished a few seconds later, I went up to him to thank him. He said, “nice light, you worked the nice light well.” Clancy and I became fast friends, talking a lot over the next few days. And whenever he saw me shooting, we would light up and acknowledge my shooting. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Clancy from me in the future, there are lots of stories to tell. Working with vets and recording their stories and getting them out has been one of the great joys photography has brought!
On the photo side, because of the environmental factors, it’s a simple click. Shooting with the D4 / 18-35ASFS, I took advantage of the clouds floating by. We are standing on a bright, white cement pad which is a giant bounce card. Being 92 years young, I brought Clancy to the front of the TBM (his plane) when I saw the clouds floating between the sun and us. Then with the cement acting as a fill card, I went click without the need of flash. It’s fast, simple and works great for not just Clancy but the whole scene. In post, just removed a person on the left and done. Except for the stories, we talked for another 45min until he went back on stage to address the audience.