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on Apr 27, 2015 in Aviation

Time Blowing By!

Time is blowing by already here in London, so much in such little time and it’s all been bloody brilliant! Everyday has just gotten better and better. Our Passion in a Click on Saturday had five countries present! Deeply touched and honored folks flew in to hear my $.02 on photography. Made new friends and saw some old, life doesn’t get much better. That’s until we meet at Duxford at Hangar 3 of the Historic Aircraft Collection. I am always amazing how photography transcends borders, time, languages because with a couple of emails and some photos, these brilliant folks opened the doors of their hangars to me and the group for a marvelous day of aviation shooting. From flying in a Dragon to photographing Gnats and at the end of the day, this gorgeous Hurricane fresh out of paint and a sunset shoot with a Spitfire Mkv. Our “guide” was Howard, well he was killer and like he told me at the end, he’s only a “handshake away!” So...

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on Apr 24, 2015 in Aviation

Sun ‘n Fun Tips

Sun ‘n Fun is this weekend and the question are pouring in what tips I might have. So I thought I’d cap the most common ways I like to put action in my stills. Realizing most learn best from watching rather than reading, you can head to my Kelby Class on Aviation Photography for more in depth explanations. But just because you see planes here, these techniques apply to ALL moving subjects! Start with understanding that shooting unrestricted is essential! My airshow set up this year is the lightest ever consisting of the D4s, 80-400AFS and 18-35AFS and that’s all. I love it being so light as that permits me to easily carry it all in my slingbag along with iPad (to show previous images to pilots) and business cards (to give pilots). The less you carry, the more mobile you are, the more mobile and limber you are, the sharper the photos and better composed they are (here is a complete listing of the gear that’s with me,...

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on Apr 21, 2015 in Aviation

Sadie and the Crew

For a long time, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be associated with the AZ Ground Crew. Folks think of them as just “reinactors” but in reality, they are historians keeping history alive! Our session inside Sentimental Journey was an unbelievable history lesson! But they are there to help the students at the K&M Air Adventure understand a little better and add to their visual storytelling a whole other part of the flight history of the B-17 in WWII. They have nothing but authentic “props” they work with and this time, as usual, they pulled out something new. Working with our Sadie, they showed her “Drawing Model” photos. Old B&W of naked ladies, they were a form of pen up aloud on bases. As you can see from Sadie’s reaction, they were somethin! With the AZ Ground Crew, I switched up to the Df but stuck with the 14-24AFS. I wanted to be up close and personal while taking in as much as possible. While the AZ Ground Crew can...

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on Apr 21, 2015 in Aviation

The Silver Lady

There is just something about being out to greet the sun as it says hello for the first time. Critters, landscapes, aviation, it makes no difference except with aviation, there is something special about it. Being on the ramp with a WWII B-17G “Sentimental Journey” brings this old Silver Lady to life. The good folks at AZCAF are really good to K&M Air Adventures and open the doors and roll out the big boys for our group to explore. We had two mornings with The Silver Lady and you see those photos here. You see two totally different looks to it for a reason, the light dictated my bringing the story to you. Both mornings, I was shooting with the D750 for one simple reason, the fold out monitor. Man, that so saves my back and knees that I depend on it totally these days. Now the top image was shot on a morning when we had a slight cloud cover on the eastern horizon and the B-17 was...

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on Apr 17, 2015 in Aviation

VERY Important Day!

73 years ago tomorrow, a very fearless group of boys changed our world. Their unselfish act may have very well made it possible for all we enjoy today. Know what that day was? The photo above is a hint. They just received Gold Medals this week from Congress. Know now? Well, they are included in Warbirds and the Men who Flew them. Watch it, you’ll learn about our history and these boys. Perhaps some other good stuff...

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on Apr 9, 2015 in Aviation

F-106 Time Travel

Photography itself is a time travel machine, preserving the past for the present that the future can enjoy. When you take this time travel machine into the past, well then magic can happen. I had an unique opportunity to step back in time this past week, both historically and in my own life. The Dakota Territory Air Museum in telling their states aviation history has acquired a F-106 Delta Dart. This is a very unique aircraft designed to haul ass at 2+ mach to intercept invading bombers and shoot a nuclear rocket into their midst to blast them from the skies. Scary stuff when you think of the implications. Luckily, that action never happened. But we have the history to reflect back on because of aircraft like this. One of the huge benefits of being dear friends with the guy who has the keys to the museum is being able to step into this time machine. With no operating systems, lifting the tremendously heavy canopy so I could get...

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