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on Jun 6, 2016 in Aviation

The Long and Short of It

There we were shooting the gorgeous Spitfire MkIX at sunrise. We had this gorgeous sky that, though bald had a killer glow growing in it. We were in front of the Texas Flying Legends Museum hangar at the Dakota Territory Air Museum on a ramp covered in fresh rain. It was just a great morning. And as always, I was looking around and behind me for other photo opps. That’s when I saw the moisture and light on the F-106 Delta Dart and I knew that was the photograph. So, I grabbed the 24-70VR and took a walk to get the shot. But as soon as it was in the viewfinder, I knew it was all wrong! Shooting with the 24-70VR, the first thing is I had to get close physical to get the shot. That made the plaque honoring the pilots who flew them in the 5th become a visual eyesore. But more importantly, it makes the nose of the plane visually more important that the wings. The...

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on Jun 2, 2016 in Aviation

Pilot Portrait – Tammie

Tammie’s second career is flying medivacs, something she does with great passion. It’s a thankless job often because her passenger is on the edge of death. It can be days of boredom waiting on call and then seconds of high tension action when the call puts the team in action. And she does it was that smile bringing reassurance and professionalism to her life saving job! I got two more pilot portraits in this past week, both with the D5, the first I’ve done with it and the D5 and it was sweet! This one of Tammie was the “rush” job. We had set up portrait for the afternoon (wanted the sun side lighting) but the thunderstorms were coming back so we had to push up the shoot. With the incoming thunderstorms comes the winds, fierce winds, it was a challenge but it was fun. The Helo is always parked in this spot on the call, ready to to fly so it was set in place. Tammie has those...

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on Jun 2, 2016 in Aviation

Love That Family Thing!

Last week it was me, this week it’s Jake, back to back covers for Trade-a-Plane! Darn cool and I’m thrilled to share the fun with my son. Life is...

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on May 23, 2016 in Aviation

KelbyOne Aviation Finishing Class!

I’m incredibly excited my KelbyOne class on Aviation Post Processing is now live. The second in the series (Landscape went live a few weeks back) is 90minutes of techniques combining camera and computer clicks. The Landscape class compliments the Aviation class and the Aviation class compliments the landscape course. Check them out, lots of love and technique in...

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on Apr 14, 2016 in Aviation

Backgrounds Help Tell Stories

Oh ya, backgrounds really do matter and more often then not, are a big part of the visual storytelling. The way I think of it in my head is, the subject is the star and the rest of the photograph is the stage in which it performs on. Sure, you can go to a one star performance who stands on a bare stage and be totally entertained. But when you think about theater, that is the exception and not the rule. So setting that stage means we carefully look at that background so it supports our star, the subject, and doesn’t distract from it. It supports the story being told rather than starting a second conversation. This is a very simple example of what I’m talking about. Shot just moments apart, the P-40K “Aleutian Tiger” from Texas Flying Legends danced in about out of the clouds. Well, that’s what it looks like in the photograph. When I told the pilot I loved the photos of him in the clouds,...

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