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on Dec 29, 2016 in Aviation

New DSLR – Basics Confuse You?

One aspect of photography that tends to confuse photographers are the exposure modes. There are four modes, A, S, P, M, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program Mode and Manual. Personally, I use A Mode 90% of the time because you select the lens aperture you want for the depth of field you need to tell your story and the camera selects the correct shutter speed (and this is stepless). The other 10% of the time, I’m in S Mode because I need to control the shutter speed and the aperture doesn’t matter. The photo here of the SNJ is an example where I was in S Mode because I needed to shoot at a constant 1/40 to get the prop blurred. Does this confuse you? It’s OK if it does as most photographers get confused about these years after owning a camera. Well, I’ve got something for you and its FREE! Photography FUNdamentals is an iBook you can download for FREE courtesy of B&H Photo & Video that covers...

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on Dec 23, 2016 in Aviation

New Year’s Creative Resolution?

“Do you have a creative resolution for 2017?” When that question came in I knew I had an answer though I’d never quite thought of it in that way. It could be just me, but as a photographer we have always looked out a year in advance or more in our planning. Be it meetings to conventions or more importantly, photographic projects, though I’m shooting today I’m looking out a year or more to the next project(s). In this process comes those photographic ideas that pop in your head you’d like to accomplish. So with that explanation, ya, I have New Year’s creative resolutions. What is it? Actually, it’s a roll over from 2016. A photograph I wanted to make in 2016 that never came to be that is still at the top of my list for 2017 involves old aircraft (what are referred to as antiques). I want a photograph that is totally opposite of what you see here, I want them in SNOW! I’m after an old...

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on Dec 7, 2016 in Aviation

Dec 7th, “a date which will live in infamy”

They were high school juniors and seniors when they heard on the radio the attack on Pearl Harbor. Without hesitation they enlisted to serve their country. The “Greatest Generation” came together making the USA a life priority with many making the ultimate sacrifice. We owe all who served and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms, especially that day in Dec, 1941. They shall never be forgotten! Years back we wanted to understand that Sunday morning so we traveled to Pearl Harbor to fly the routes of that morning. This is the story of that flight. We’d been planning it for months, paperwork filed with official channels asking for permission, route and mission decided on, all was good to go! The time had come to put the flight in the air. It was a beautiful clear morning 15 March as we meet the team at the gate of the airport. The day before we’d all meet in Rob’s hangar and went over the flight we’d been planning for months....

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on Nov 1, 2016 in Aviation

Visually Evoking a Response

Capturing a story, in part or in whole visually so the end product evokes a response is in large part what drives my photography. Whether it’s stills, video or both, the end game is to evoke a response. We all start out the door with that in mind but we don’t always come home with success in our pocket. That’s why we keep going out, to find that success. I offer up this example of going out for six months refining that message to where we’re close to success…. And if this video does it’s job, we’ll have not only put you in the pilot’s seat and in the audience watching, but also reminded you of those who provided us with the freedoms to explore all we do with our cameras. And lastly, to get you out next week and vote because just as your photographs matter, so does your vote. They can change the world! Gear used to create video D5 2x D500 D750 80-400VR3 70-200f4 AFS 24-120VR...

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on Oct 31, 2016 in Aviation

Up and Over = Gesture

Every subject has gesture. What’s gesture? Since I use this term a lot, I’ve been asked to define it, a lot. The problem is gesture in this sense is not some body movement communicating some message. You could say it speaks of an emotion but I don’t think it’s that simple either. Successful gesture in a photograph communicates a whole lot more than a single word, a single emotion or even a single action. There is no camera setting or digital darkroom slider called gesture. Rather, it’s a response invoked in the viewer of a photograph that permits them to connect with that subject. What I have here is an illustration of gesture as I feel it. Both of these aircraft are flying, that is obvious. But the feeling of joy breaking the bounds of gravity, the freedom flying a routine brings one, the weightless feeling when there are no G’s, this and much more is communicated in the gesture in these photographs. Now if you go looking for...

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on Oct 27, 2016 in Aviation

The Fleeting Moment

The ramp at sunrise is a special place. Yeah, there are the planes and that sure sets the scene, the thrill and the challenge, but there’s more to it than that. Being able to be on the ramp at that time of day is special if for no other reason then, you normally can’t be on the ramp that time of day. This past weekend during the Wings Over Houston Airshow, we were there continuing on with our project with the Texas Flying Legends Museum. These aircraft are very familiar to us, having done everything from washed them to flown in them. And this wasn’t our first morning to be shooting them on the ramp. Then in telling the story, how does one keep moving it forward? On this particular morning, the TFLM TBM Avenger was parked kinda by itself. This left open many photographic opportunities with the rising sun. As the sky started to open up, I went to my classic arse shot. Shooting with the D750 /...

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