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on Nov 10, 2014 in Aviation

The “Guppy”

Last weekend at the Wings Over Houston airshow, NASA had their 377SG Super Guppy out on display (5 were made, this is the only one still flying). As a kid, I saw parts of the Apollo delivered in a Guppy so have fond memories of this bizarre looking aircraft. So with it parked literally right in front of the Texas Flying Legends hangar, I was transfixed by it. During the evening when the crowds were gone, I’d sit in the chair in front of the hangar with the D750 / 80-400 and just watch the setting sun in its huge reflection. I sat there and dreamt up photo ideas of aircraft I could stage and photograph in that huge reflection. It was great way to see the end of the day. Then came Monday morning and the airport was closed to the crowds and the airshow was nearly all tucked away until next year’s airshow. Jake and I greeted the morning on the ramp shooting statics with some great...

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on Oct 31, 2014 in Aviation

It’s Wings Over Houston Time!

This weekend is the killer airshow at Wings Over Houston airshow put on by Commemorative Air Force. This will be our second time at this show and we’re really lookin forward to it. This is where we shot Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them last year. We have a bunch of editorial work to get done, so we’ll be hopping! In getting ready, I thought I’d share some of the thoughts, techniques and gear I’ll have along for the weekend of work and fun. Let’s start with some thoughts and techniques to capturing the image. Here are two posts that go into that in greater detail 10 Tips – Putting Action into Your Stills Ten Tips to Better Aviation And here’s the gear I’ll have with me to make it all hopefully happen: D4s Df D750 200-400VR2 80-400VR3 24-70AFS 18-35AFS 85f1.8 AFS 58f1.4AFS 24f1.4AFS 16Fish Hero3+ GoPro Hero3 Lexar 128GB 1000x CF Lexar 128GB SD Think Tank Airport Vulture Strap AN-SBR2 Black Rapid Strap Mountain Smith sling bag...

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on Oct 10, 2014 in Moose's Camera Bag

What to Take to Africa?

The gear mentioned in the video: Nikon 800f5.6 Nikon 80-400 Nikon 24-70 Nikon 18-35 Nikon 16Fish Nikon D4s Nikon Df Nikon SB-910 Lexar 256GB CF Lexar 128GB SD MS-77 Mic Vello Wireless...

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on Oct 9, 2014 in Landscape Photography

To Fish or Not to Fish?

One lens I pull out a lot at the Grand Canyon, is the 16Fish. I have written many times here on the website above the 16Fish so it’s not really a surprise. One of my favorite times to use it though at the Grand Canyon is at sunrise. That’s because the Canyon runs basically east to west. In the morning, you can see the rays of the sun, its color on the right and it says, “sunrise’ better than the sun itself. The curve of the earth to me just brings that feeling out even more. It just simply makes the Canyon come to life in the morning. I was out on a ledge shooting with the Df and 16Fish (image above) and 20f1.8AFS in my pocket (bottom photo). Now the key to working with both of these lenses at sunrise with the exposure range is ACR. Adobe Camera Raw permits us to bring down the highlights (far right edge) and pull out the shadows in the bottom of...

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on Sep 9, 2014 in Landscape Photography

The Best One Ever!

Here’s a prime example of what I was just talking about. Got the heavenly bodies but the photo just falls flat. In my dictionary, I think the photo sucks. Standing their at Badwater in 104degree heat didn’t help my attitude but I made the click. And you would never have seen this shot if it weren’t for what I shot next. I was still shooting with the basic rig, Df, 16Fish, IS03200, 8sec f2.8, but when I turned and looked, I saw the photo! Yep, my family. That’s what really made the days in the heat really worthwhile, sharing with them all the fun and beauty of the stars. I turned the camera, put the horizon right through the middle of the frame to remove the fisheye warp, told them to hold still and made the click. Is it the best photo in the world? Hell ya, but not because of the normal standards we make such judgements. It’s the best because it’s a cool record of a great...

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