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on Sep 14, 2011 in Aviation

Long Lens Story Telling

One aspect of shooting with the big glass that I really enjoyed which I’ve not been able to do in the past is follow aircraft more closely. This gorgeous F8F Bearcat is seen here landing and then later, much further down the ramp pulling into the pits. Neither shot is possible with 400mm, the image size is simply too small. Changing up glass, smart thing to do at times. I hit 35k images for Reno today and this is the first time to use the 600mm. Sometimes it takes a 2×4! Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jun 8, 2011 in Digital Darkroom

What Is The End Game?

A luxury I don’t afford myself in my wildlife photography, I sure do a with my landscape and aviation photography. My posting saying that I shoot now a days not stressing having folks in the photo brought in a whole bunch of emails. This is a perfect example of that shot a year ago at the Reno Air Races. The paint job on this F8F Bearcat “Rare Bear” in the predawn light is simply spectacular! What you see here is finishing all done in ACR and Photoshop, and a simple, single click. The only real trick was getting down and kissing the deck to make the click. That, and seeing the final photograph at the time of making the click and then following through in post. As you can see though, seeing that final image required looking through a tug, ground crew and stuff. And I mean, a lot of stuff. I started with the big stuff when it comes to a battle plan for finishing in post. The...

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