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on Jul 10, 2015 in Aviation

Battle of Britain 75th Aniv

75yrs ago today the Battle of Britain began. At aerodromes spread around the country, at a moment notice planes would life off to meet the incoming enemy. It could easily be argued that it was a pivotal point in WWII that turned the tide. The Battle was fought over the skies of Britain flown by pilots from many countries in a variety of aircraft. The best known was the Spitfire but the Hurricane of other aircraft valiantly thwarted Germany’s invasion plans. If you want to read about this courageous battle from one who was there, Tuck, pick up a copy of Fly for Your Life. We owe a debt of thanks to all the citizens of England! Note: photos taken at Duxford Aerodrome, England with 80-400VR3 on the...

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on Jul 10, 2015 in Aviation

The Goal was Fire!

I spent months looking, more months planning and then finally, had all the ducks in order for our England Aviation Day Shoot. We would be working with the marvelous folks at Historic Aircraft Collection and their Spitfire. After a day of shooting, we were to have their gorgeous Supermarine MkVb Spitfire running up in the glow of sunset while it spit fire (get it …Spitfire spitting fire?) They have a really well earned reputation for spitting our fire from their stacks when they turn the engine over. I could picture it all in my mind and was so excited, I couldn’t wait! The day was pretty overcast, that classic dark ceiling is well know for having. During the day a Supermarine MkIX Spitfire was out flying, doing many takes off and landings. The first time it turned over, it just turned over and went. The second time though, flames flew out and that grabbed out attention. The next time it was getting ready to turn over, we were the...

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on Jul 7, 2015 in Aviation

Work The Clouds

Ever since I first saw the Monocoupe 110 Special a couple of years back, it has been on the top of my list of aircraft to photograph. This individual plane is a very historic aircraft. The badass of the 30’s built by a farmer, it just has the meanest lines. So when photographing it as a static, making the most of those lines is essential both in telling its unique story and being photographically pleasing. At the same time, planes are meant to be in the sky, not sitting on the ground. So that needs to be included in the storytelling as well. Hard for one photograph to do it all. Then there are clouds. We started the morning “trapped” in the hangar by a huge thunderstorm. You don’t take such aircraft as this out in the rain. So after the sun had kissed the horizon, we pushed it out and into place. Actually, we pushed out four aircraft his morning for the folks of our AirAdventure to photograph....

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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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