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on Aug 5, 2016 in Aviation

BTS Howard 500

I posted this photo yesterday on my Instagram account and someone said they would like to know how it came about, the planning and the like. When I read that, I had to laugh. Why? Here’s the BTS of the photo so you can laugh too. It was our last night after 13 days of shooting on the road. There was little left of our crew, we were all totally wiped! So wiped, one shooter in our bunch just wanted to sit and watch the show and didn’t even shoot. Knowing there were going to be fireworks, while eating dinner I looked for an aircraft to be in the foreground. Parked there was the Howard 500 so I texted the owner and asked if the plane was sticking around. He said yes and have fun. So we ate our dinner, strolled over to the plane with our chairs, planted our butts down and when the show began, hit the shutter release. This shot was a 25sec exposure with the...

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on Aug 3, 2016 in Aviation

Our Special Moments

Alan (TFLM B-25 pilot) sat there and told me this long story of this WWII vet he had meet many years earlier in Sioux Falls, his name was Wendell. Wendell was a B-25 pilot during WWII flying the Hump as well as the Pacific (flying for a time a B-25H … a bird with a 70mm canon in the nose). Wendell had one helluva lot of adventures during WWII and could spend days telling them and not run out! Well, Alan had the honor at that meeting years ago of taking Wendell up in the B-25 as SIC which was a thrill for the then 90yr old. But as happens all too often in life, Alan had lost contact with him. He tried and tried to reconnect with Wendell but was never able to find him again. Alan was sadden by the thought his friend might have passed away. Alan had told me this story just before he headed off for the brief for the Sioux City AirShow a...

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on Jul 26, 2016 in Aviation

Claude Hone – Amazin Vet

Claude Hone is so typical of so many WWII vets. He served simply because it was the right thing to do. Claude is not a hero, not an ace, just your basic aviator who did his job under some of the most difficult conditions we could never imagine and came back home to help build a country afterwards. I had the honor and pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with Claude over the past three days (as well as his delightful daughter Nancy) while in Sioux Falls, SD. Originally, it was just going to be for an afternoon for recording his story on video and taking his portrait. Well, we all simply seemed to hit it off and for the next three days, Claude wowed and amazed us with story after story. We’ll be posting many of his stories we captured on film, but wanted to share this simple yet dramatic one. In the top photo, Claude was very proud even in the hundred degree hangar to...

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on Jul 25, 2016 in Aviation

What a Weekend!

Wow, it was an amazing weekend at the Sioux Falls AirShow! Ya, there were great aircraft like the six Texas Flying Legends Museum aircraft we were there in support of. But it was the amazing folks we meet and who became new friends that still has us realing! On Sunday as you can see, we had great skies. Above you see the B-17G “Sentimental Journey,” FM-2P and P-51D “Dakota Kid” above, wait until you meet some of the folks in the next post!...

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on Jul 22, 2016 in Aviation

Oshkosh ’16 & TFLM

Oshkosh is coming up next week, you going? Team Peterson will be there all week working on our project with the Texas Flying Legends Museum who will be there flying this six ship program. A photography guide has created and is posted to help you with your aviation photography. You might want to give it a gander! And if you’re at Osh and see us, please say hi and if we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to...

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on Jul 11, 2016 in Aviation

Aviation Photography – What’s the Secret?

No matter the genre, photographers are always hungry, wanting to get to the “top” of that genre and usually the sooner the better. IMHO, there is no rushing it, it (whatever “it” might be) will happen when it is supposed to. Aviation photography is one of the fastest growing genre in photography. In large part because it requires so little camera gear and in larger part, because it is so exciting and fun! With over 100 air to air photo missions in the book in less than six years, I’m constantly being asked, “What’s the secret?” In the realities of photography, there are no secrets as light is the number one factor that will make or break your success. There is one thing though the might help speed up your success in aviation photography a tad. I’m going to spend an hour at Photoshop World talking about this very subject, but here it is in a nutshell. Once you understand light and use it to tell your story you...

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