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on Oct 20, 2015 in Aviation

Sunset Portrait Passion

It was simply an amazing flight! The best part was it wasn’t planned, not even hinted at. It just unfolded. What you’re looking at is a piece of living history, a Spitfire mkIX built in 1944 that flew over Normandy D Day +9. But is actually is much more than that because the reason I’m able to be photographing it in the United States is a story of passion. It starts with the person who restored it then continues with the person who wanted to own it but missed it when it was available seven years ago but didn’t make the same mistake last week. It goes further with the pilot flying the plane who, since he was a teenager and painted one on his bedroom wall wanted to fly one and me who only for the moment, continues the circle. I received a couple of days notice that the Spit (a gorgeous plane!) would be at Wings Over Houston. Acquired by the Texas Flying Legends Museum, its chief...

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on Oct 16, 2015 in Aviation

Tips for Saying Speed!

Wings Over Houston, one of our favorite airshows, is this weekend and some questions about what tips I might have to offer. Below are some thoughts one bringing life to your images, motion to your stills. Realizing most learn best from watching rather than reading, I have three classes on KelbyOne that will help you: Kelby Class on Aviation Photography, Pilot Portraits and The Art of Air to Air. And if you want a sense of what’s happening at Wings Over Houston, be sure to watch Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them which was filmed at Wings Over Houston! These techniques apply to ALL moving subjects not just planes! Start with understanding that shooting unrestricted is essential! My airshow set up this year consists of the D4s, 200-400VR2 (could be substituted with 80-400AFS which I’ll have for my air to air work), 24-70AFS and 14-24AFS and that’s all (and of course AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Quick-Draw Strap). I love it being so light as that permits me to easily...

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on Oct 9, 2015 in Aviation

Lake Hood Fun

Critters being critters, just because you show up doesn’t mean they will. Up in Alaska lookin for my cous and while we found a couple of cows, it wasn’t the ladies we were looking for. The rain didn’t help matters either, but then again, it is Alaska. So as the sun came up, we had checked up a couple of place for bulls and with no luck, followed our ears. We were in the neighborhood of Lake Hood and heard the float planes taking off. So I grabbed the Df / 300PF and headed over to the edge. We were right in the flight path so we just had to stand and shoot. They key in making the shot though were the Chugash Mtns in the background. That’s what says Alaska because otherwise, it would just be a float plane. It was so much fun with the nice light and scenery. Good to be here...

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on Sep 21, 2015 in Aviation

A Romantic Sunset Flight

“This flight’s for me” is what Warren said after we finished the brief. The photo mission had no specific goals other than to have a romantic sunset flight on a gorgeous North Dakota night. The plane is a rare one, a ’32 Monocoupe 110. Back in the day, it was the speedster winning many a pylon, derby and cross country race. So one photo I had in mind was that “Pylon 4” shot with the Monocoupe up on wing edge. Did we get it? You’ll have to watch and find out. Equipment Used: *D4s *80-400VR3 *Vulture Strap *2x GoPro 3+ Silver *Lexar 256GB CF *Lexar 64GB Micro...

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on Sep 17, 2015 in Aviation

Saying “Speed!”

Working with a still medium, when it comes to saying “movement” in our images, there are challenges. When trying to “freeze” motion and get a sharp image of something moving, we pan so the film plane keeps pace with the subject. The element in the frame that is not moving physically and relatively is the background so that’s what we blur to say movement. And when there are elements in the frame moving perpendicular to the film plane, they will blur as well if we use a slow enough shutter speed to so that motion. This is a lot to think about when photographing a passing bicyclist or car. It gets even more complicated as you get to larger subjects and you want to say speed! Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. This gorgeous Super Cub, it’s not thought of as a speed demon but it is going at least 90mph to fly. Now we can say visually it’s moving by simply using a slower shutter speed...

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