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on Apr 18, 2017 in Aviation

Doolittle Raiders 75th Reunion

Seventy-five years ago today, 80 airmen in 16 B-25Bs launched from the USS Hornet to attack mainland Japan. Pearl Harbor was fresh in everyone’s memory and even though the damage from the raid was thought to be a token at best, the boost to the US moral was immeasurable. In Dayton, OH today at 14:30, eleven B-25 will flyover the USAF Museum to pay their respect and tribute to the Doolittle Raiders and thank them for their sacrifice for our freedoms. Lt Col Dick Cole, 101 years old, is the last of the eighty Raiders and is will be present for the ceremonies. We feel very honored to know Dick and being able to call him friend. He’s not just a piece of living history and a hero, but he’s incredibly funny! We feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the crew of the B-25 “Betty’s Dream” and here to be part of this amazing celebration. We owe all our vets a tribute and I’m glad we are saying...

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on Apr 13, 2017 in Random Thoughts

Moose May Midwest Mayhem

I’ll be in Indiana, Arkansas & Ohio next month bringing new shows with new images, stories and lessons. Hope I meet you at one of these events!!! (click on poster to go to event page) Thanks for Lexar and Nikon for making these events...

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on Apr 12, 2017 in Field Reports

The Nikon 19T/S Lens

Late last year, Nikon released the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED Tilt-Shift Lens, a very esoteric, expensive, special use, amazing lens! This lens is not meant for mainstream photographers because it has a very specific application most photographers don’t need. I have the lens for one reason, shooting inside of hangars. But after mentioning the 19mm on the Podcasts, I had some folks ask just what a PC (perspective correction) lens does. When you tilt a camera/lens up to take in all of a subject it changes the perspective of the scene. The classic example is that lines fall in on themselves (the bottom photo). For example the photo of the windmill, it’s on the edge of the frame and if taken with a wide angle lens, it would be tilting into the frame. It was shot with the 19mm so it’s standing up straight. If you look at the corrected and uncorrected photos of the lamp post, you can see how the top photo, the lines are straight...

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