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on Sep 6, 2017 in Aviation

What Do YOU Want to Say?

When we work with inanimate objects, rocks, buildings, planes, the life they take on in our photograph comes from us. We can opt for the simple, “it was here, I saw, you see” photograph. From those words, is that what you want to say in your photograph? Or you can strive for the “oh man was it here, I took it in and now YOU see” kind of photograph? How can you take these simple words and make them powerful words in light and pixels? That is the challenge every genre of photography presents us every time we pick up a camera. My favorite way to break the ho-hum barrier is storytelling. I understand many have a visual, conceptual, mental and emotional difficulty with this idea let alone executing it at the camera. In getting through this challenge you’ve got ask yourself what it is you want to say? If you were writing a story about the one subject, how would you describe it in 1500 words? Could then...

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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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