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on Jun 20, 2011 in Aviation

Take Your Time, Make It Yours

“I’m halfway through “Captured” and the amount of effort and study you put into your subjects is impressive and inspirational. It’s a great motivational read, especially when a day comes along that I feel lazy. Time to get off my butt and shoot!” So far in my 30yrs, I’ve not found another method to move me down the road other then the way Jim pointed out from reading my book. The end of last week is a perfect example. I just celebrated the beginning of my 5th year working in aviation photography. I have so far to go after coming such a long ways already. There is no doubt I had some good friends help me along the way who opened doors but I had to walk through them. All of my peers that I’ve talked to have the same stories with the same basic thread, someone opened the door but they walked through them. Didn’t burst through them or crawl through them, but walked through them. That translates...

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on Sep 24, 2010 in Aviation, Friday Thoughts

Dreams Can Flight Take!

It all started in March. “We have an opportunity, a once in a lifetime one to have a gathering of five P-38s” was how the phone call began. For the non-aviation enthusiast, the P-38 Lightning is a WWII fighter of incredible fame. Between those in static displays and flying, we’re looking at just a handful of these dual boom flying machines of an ancient era left in the world. Personally, it was a plane my father, a bombardier/navigator in B-29s in WWII was involved with in the factory. I grew up on stories of this fabled aircraft with models and photos about the house. So when the call came and I was asked to help in the effort to bring the P-38s to the Reno Air Races in Sept, I jumped right in. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Fast forward the clock to the races just last week. As it is with aircraft that are 60-80 years old, things happen. And running these warbirds takes money, just the...

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on Sep 15, 2010 in Aviation

Good to Be Home

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Ah, to be back in Reno, Stead to be exact, photographing the Reno Air Races. This is a “quiet” day still so it’s time to just kinda get your feet on the ground, mind back in the game and say hello to friends. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Now you might think of friends as just being other shooters and they are here. But many of the aircraft seem like old friends as well like this Tiger Cat. Be it in the air or on the ramp, it’s a sweet plane fun to photograph! I’ve been lifting my 10lbs weight for the last month getting ready to handhold the 200-400 for hours at a time. Glad I did, lots of great photography to come this week. I can’t wait! Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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