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on Apr 6, 2011 in Digital Darkroom

The Clock vs The Darkside

I really hate clocks!!! I’ve written so many times about time and the crunch for time I really feel often working be the camera. In aviation, when those props turn, the HOB turns and that’s money going bye-bye! There is also that weather thing. When you have a small window in the weather, you go now or you don’t go at all. The flight has to be safe, damn the photography! I would love to have the time when I see a shot like this to set up the tripod, pull out the split grad and do it “right.” That wasn’t the case as thunder woke me at 06:30 and all I could say was, “Damn!” I was to be at the field at 08:30 for a 09:00 flight. I called at 07:30 for an update. “Not good, bad weather all around, call back at 08:30.” At 08:30 the phone call was real brief, “Get here now!” So off I drove like a mad man to get to the...

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on Mar 29, 2011 in Aviation

18 Minutes Just Isn’t Enough!

John of History Flights offered me a ride in their AT-6 to do an air to air I was so high I didn’t need a photo ship. The weather this morning nearly did us in. We had a very small window to go up and shoot before the weather closed in around us. From take off to landing, it was just a 18min flight but it was a great 18min. Here’s a quick image from the flight, not the best but it was near the end of the file so I could quickly get it posted. It’s no the best because the feature making this plane unique, the canon, is not visible. I did get that shot but that’s still uploading in the computer as I type. I can’t thank John and History Flights enough for this and upcoming opportunities. I can’t wait for our next project in 45 days! Photo captured by D3x, 24-120VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Mar 29, 2011 in Aviation

Angle – Yes & No

Just talking with folks this past weekend at the FL Int’l Airshow brought tons of great opportunities to my door. This is one of the coolest. This is the only B-25H flyin and what makes it unique is the tank canyon mounted in its nose for attaching ships. It’s an amazing plane with an incredible history. Its pilot / chief bottle washer John of History Flights (check them out, they do incredible work!) instantly took us in and started to tell us Barbie’s story. That led to getting a tour of inside the B-25 and that led to this morning. We were to meet at 08:30. at 07:30 the skies opened up with thunder, lightning and a downpour. At 09:00 our photo mission was back on and to the airport I flew! Both of these are handheld, 5 frame, handheld HDR images. Shooting right into those backlit clouds, HDR was the only option. Handheld because I was about to climb into a AT-6 and go shooting so I had...

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