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on Jul 3, 2015 in Aviation

This 4th …

This 4th, while fireworks are so very cool, I want to encourage photographers to also point their cameras at something else as we celebrate the 4th. Our families are such an important part of our lives and the 4th is the one day each year we tend to gather and celebrate being a family. The freedoms the 4th represents in large part are the sacrifices many families have made for over two hundred years so we can celebrate the 4th. The American family like the Engkvists in North Dakota are great examples of that celebration. So this weekend amongst the watermelon and fireworks, count your blessings and turn that camera on the family. A memory that must always be told and recorded...

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on Jul 2, 2015 in Aviation

How’d You Get That Photo?

Ever since I posted Fadin Fast, a whole bunch of emails have come in asking how I got the photo. It is something you all can do! The very first ingredient in getting the photo is establishing an amazing working and personal relationship with a special group of plane owners and pilots. That relationship with your subject, be it person, place or thing is essential cause that’s how YOU become the storyteller. Then it’s having the basics well established along with viable tools, that’s handholding and panning. Then there is an imagination that hooks up with what life is presenting. And finally, putting that together when a pilot says, “Want do you want?” In this case, I was at a private airstrip for an evening BBQ with a special group of friends. The day’s work was done so to relax and celebrate the great freedom we are so fortunate to enjoy, the Piper J-3 and PA-11 are pulled out, preflighted and take to the air. No ceremony, it’s just...

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on Jun 30, 2015 in Aviation

Flyin “Dirty”

If there is one better reason than common sense why to constantly practice your panning, it has to be the unexpected opportunities. This past weekend is a prime example. There we were in the midst of our K&M AirAdventure when there was a need for a maintenance flight for the FG-1D Corsair. We were offered the opportunity for the whole gang to head to what’s called “Moose Stump Hill” to photograph the Corsair at evelevel and lower. Well, with such an opportunity, off we went! Showing the speed of the Corsair is REAL easy when you use a slow shutter speed. Blurring the prop to show motion is real easy with a slow shutter speed. Getting a real sharp image at a slow shutter speed when you panning while composing the moving subject is really, really hard. Hard if you don’t practice your panning all the time. Because when you have an opportunity like this is not the time to practice. Unless you want to hate yourself in the...

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on Jun 23, 2015 in Aviation

Bad Light Color Too

On the opposite end of the spectrum of Bad Light is the solid overcast. Color needs light to pop in our images. While our mind’s eye (combination of our vision and brain) make it possible for us to see color in any light, the camera, not so much. The color is there, in fact in overcast light the color can be really saturated and more vibrant than normal if you know your craft and recognize the light source for what it is and shoot accordingly. I put up these examples to illustrate my points. The first thing to take advantage of the saturated color in this bad light is your White Balance. You might think since there are clouds, switch to Cloudy which is an option (that’s 6000k). I went to the Sunny or more importantly, 5500k for my White Balance. Why? Using Auto White Balance (AWB) will get you in a situation like this, about 4200-4600k which to the untrained eye, an ok looking photo, color wise. But...

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on Jun 22, 2015 in Aviation

Knowing Wx is Essential!

One of the most influential elements to our photography is weather. If you watch the TV for weather information, you often look out your window and wonder what they are looking at. Weather is constantly changing and with it our photograph. From the clouds overhead, the light and many other factors, it can make or break your photography. I offer up these three images taken in England in April to illustrate my point. This Dragon Rapide offering rides at Duxford is a cool looking aircraft. Any plane called a Dragon has gotta be cool, right? With bald skies, it would still be a cool aircraft but the photograph, perhaps not so much. These photographs were taken over a 15 minute period of time. Looking at the first image, would you guess the third image is just 15min away? With the influence of clouds on our photography, learning to understand which way they are traveling helps. On an aerodrome such as this, you can look at the windsock for a...

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