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on Mar 19, 2018 in Aviation

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot!

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot! – September 10th – 13th, 2018 The Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Historic Wendover Airfield, and the United States Army Air Forces Historical Unit (Arizona Ground Crew Living History Unit, Inc.) is excited to announce that it will be holding a WWII Pilot Training Camp at the Historic Wendover Army Air Field. Wendover Field is the most intact WWII Airbase left in the United States. During your five nights and four days of training you will: – Receive a Flight Suit and Pilots Log Book. – Barracks accommodations for five nights. – Three meals per day in the Mess Hall. – Training materials – Receive Ground School Training on all aspects of flying operations. – Take Primary Flight Training in the PT-17 Stearman. – Conduct Advanced Flight Training in the AT-6 Texan – Air Cadets will be flying every day (3.5hrs total airtime) during this condensed training course and upon completion will Graduate and earn their WINGS! TRAIN WHERE THEY TRAINED!...

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on Mar 16, 2018 in Aviation

Normandy Bound!

There in the middle of a Florida swamp, forest, field, parked, was a piece of our history that’s now Normany Bound! #43-48950 was built in 1943 and instantly sent to Europe becoming part of WWII history. The Vintage Aero Group is putting this special piece of history back in the air and along with 32 other C-47s from the USA, flying it to France, June 2019 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landing. This two-year project began last summer and our cameras have been there from the beginning! Peterson & Sons Productions are filming a documentary on 43-48950’s recovery, restoration, and reliving of its life in 1943 flying the northern route to Europe. This history belongs to us all and we’re going to share it all with you! We’ve created a website about the project and the documentary, Normandy Bound. There you can see the Offical Trailer for the documentary, read about the history of 43-48950 and our days of trials and successes on-site with 43-48950...

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on Mar 13, 2018 in Aviation

Aviations Dirty Little Secret to Cool Photos

Yep, there is a dirty little secret to those killer aviation photos you’re not going to learn in the hangar or hear on the flight line. Lean in close to your monitor as I whisper the secret because I don’t want to be the one blamed for letting out the secret. You ready, here is comes … LIGHT!!! Yep, that’s the dirty little secret you’re not supposed to know about, at least that seems to be the case with the photos that I’m often asked to critique. What’s missing is … light! And we’re not talking about any old light, oh no!!! We’re talking sexy, provocative, tasty, mysterious, sculpting light! It’s light we further tweak with exposure and white balance in the camera and in post, we lower the blue saturation in ACR to remove that color cast from the top flight surfaces. And most of all, there is BLACK! Now, this light does not only happen at sunrise or sunset, rather some of the best happen at midday...

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on Mar 5, 2018 in Aviation

Great Visual Stories are Ageless!

It was an incredible honor to shoot and produce Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them four years ago! Working with the amazing pilots and planes of the Texas Flying Legends Museum, the crew from KelbyOne but especially, the WWII Vets will always be a highlight of my career! But what chokes me up is years later receiving a note like this that just reinforces the great visual stories are ageless! I have followed you for many years for your insightful, helpful lessons on photography. Today, I find it necessary to write and tell you how impressed I (USN retired, Vietnam vet) and my wife (USAF service) were by the subject video. More than the photography, you presented the sacrifices and heroism of the Greatest Generation that our fathers were a part of with honor and respect. You accomplished this with dignity and understanding of their sacrifices. Your video brought tears to our eyes as we listened to the stories. You are one heck of a photographer, but that...

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on Feb 9, 2018 in Aviation

Time for Airshow Review

Airshows have begun and the question are pouring in what tips I might have. I regret we won’t be there this year but want to pass along a couple of speed tips. So I thought I’d cap the most common ways I like to put the action in my stills. Now of course, buying a copy of Takeoff would be a great start! Realizing most learn best from watching rather than reading, you can head to my Kelby Class on Aviation Photography for more in depth explanations. But just because you see planes here, these techniques apply to ALL moving subjects! Start with understanding that shooting unrestricted is essential! The less you carry, the more mobile you are, the more mobile and limber you are, the sharper the photos and better composed they are (here is a complete listing of the gear that’s with me, most in the vehicle just in case). With that in mind, here are some tips that you can apply to any action photography and...

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on Feb 7, 2018 in Aviation

There is More Than One Angle

I am often asked if there is just one angle to shoot statics? The answer is a resounding, no! There are a number of variables with the biggest ones being the aircraft, the background, and lens you want to you. I personally start with the background, then the lens and finally the aircraft. It’s with the first two that I select where I’m going to shoot and the angle I’ll have for the last one. Now you can go about this many ways and might have only one option no matter what you’d like. But this is how I do it. There are three lenses I turn to, the 14-24AFS, 24-70VR and the 70-200f4. The difference in each of these lenses is how they render the symmetry of the aircraft and how they control the background. If I have lots of background to play with, all three lenses are in play. If there is minimal background, the 24-70VR and the 70-200f4. If there is no real background, the 70-200f4...

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