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on Aug 21, 2017 in Aviation

Battle of Britain Memorial

One of the many highlights of our adventure in the UK was visiting and spending time at the Battle of Britain Memorial in Dover! Without the sacrifice of these many men and women of Britain, doubt we’d be able to enjoy all that we do including our freedoms. Inside the memorial is a fantastic presentation about the battle that lasted July-October 1940. It does a marvelous job setting the stage for your moments of silence...

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on Aug 17, 2017 in Aviation

Such a Day!

What a spectacular day! My good friend Michael arranged for the Nikon Owners Group from Grays of Westminister to spend a day at the Shuttleworth Collection. The great collection of flying aircraft at Shuttleworth was only part of the attraction of the event. It was the friendships, old and new with the folks that make it a stand out. There is so much I’ll have to continue this story later. I just wanted to get a post up to say to all,...

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on Aug 16, 2017 in Aviation

Hanging with a Hurricane

Truly the unsung hero of The Battle of Britain, the Hurricane is an incredible aircraft built at the right time to defend a nation. The HAC is a flying example of this fighter half wood and half medal. Stationed here on the Duxford field just like it would have been during the war, well was simply a bit of an overwhelming site! My approach to photographing this iconic aircraft was pretty straight forward, lay down! Getting up a little bit of a challenge by once down, the photograph was pretty straight forward. One reason this worked so well was using the D5 / 24-70VR which provided some flexibility. The other was the incredibly clean backgrounds. So relating the tug or the great cloud was then a simple matter. After that, it was just the simple pleasure and honor of hanging with a...

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on Aug 14, 2017 in Aviation

UK Warbird Adv Day 1, sort of

I say sort of because there was so much that happened the first day, this is actually a quick note from the morning of the first day! The amazing folks at HAC were our hosts with the greatest ground crew making sure we and the aircraft were well taken care of. The planes were parked literally right on the taxi way. We were right there with them providing us great access and photographic opportunities! The shooting was cool because the aircraft could be parked however I wanted on the famous Duxford Field. This WWII fighter base was the home of these two aircraft back in the day, a Hawker Hurricane and Spitfire MkVb. With killer backgrounds in all 360 degrees, it was a challenge at times just which to incorporate into the photo. We were fortunate at one point that the famous pilot, Charlie Brown, jumped into the Spit and took it for a flight. Upon his return he gave us a little “extra” hello to photograph. So with...

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on Aug 8, 2017 in Aviation

Where Do You Cut In?

Just like with big game, where to crop into an aircraft is a very common question. Just like big game, there is no guide where to crop on an aircraft. My usual response to the question, “Where to crop on big game” is so it doesn’t feel awkward or look like a dead animal nailed to a wall. That response doesn’t work for aircraft though. So what is the answer? I don’t know if there is a correct answer, this is just what I think about in my mind when cropping into an aircraft. I look for the symmetry of the lines first of all. Unlike big game, an aircraft basically is the same shape, length, and design on the left side and it is on the right (yes there are some exceptions). This symmetry permits you to cut into one-half as long as you keep a symmetry in the remaining lines. Whether you show both sides like in the top frame or a section like in the bottom...

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on Jul 19, 2017 in Aviation

Need for Speed – Osh Ideas

Oshkosh is less than a week away 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. 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 airshows. Put yourself in relationship to the action in...

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