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on Sep 5, 2018 in Aviation

Working the Magic of f1.4

Depth of Field, which I think of as depth of focus, for many is mysterious and confusing. It is one of the most powerful tools we have to smack the viewer right between the eyes with our subject! Now where things get murky is when the concept of sharpness comes into play. That’s in large part because sharpness is a vague term that many, including myself, try to spell out in words when the reality lies with our vision. And when you use things like underexposure to trick the eye to see “sharpness” when it’s not really there, the whole idea is really unclear. So when I say I shoot the 105f1.4 at f1.4 and only at f1.4 and folks see images like these, they find it hard to believe. That’s because so much appears to be sharp. But that’s the magic of f1.4 when used as an effective tool to smack the viewer between the eyes with the subject. How do you make the magic happen especially on...

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on Aug 8, 2018 in Aviation

Decade of Improvement, Thank Goodness!

I was so happy with this photo, the first I’d take of an F-22 Raptor back in 2008. It was sharp and all of it was in the frame. The fact the light sucks, the gesture, well there is none, didn’t even register. At least, not that first day, week or month. But going over my photos as I normally do after the glow of success has warned off a few months later, ya, it sucked. It’s then I analyze what works and what doesn’t work and just being sharp is not a mark of success. There was a ton of room for improvement. While gear has changed in the last decade (shot with D5 / 180-400VR) making focus pretty much a slam dunk, that wasn’t where I need to improve. It was the STORY I wanted to tell that needed the vast overhaul. Learning when to depress the shutter release and when not to, not settling for just sharp. Light and gesture are so important in grabbing the...

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on Jul 27, 2018 in Aviation

A Gooney Day at Osh

It has been an absolutely marvelous Osh! It’s been like a Photoshop World in that Sharon & I have been seeing tons of old friends, making lots of new ones to the point that the aircraft have taken a back seat. In my book Takeoff (which I’m here signing everyday) there is a section about Osh and my meeting Stanley who turned my head to understanding that Osh is really all about people. And this week simply underlines and emphasizes that. The fun has been doing unique shoots with them here and planning some really over the top exciting things this year and next. Sharon an I have been averaging nine miles a day walking and we are so pumped by all that we’re not even tired! But late this evening I finally got back in the groove of making some aircraft art. I didn’t really wonder far, went back to my old friend the Gooney for inspiration. You know of my love for the DC-3 / C-47 with...

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on Jul 25, 2018 in Aviation

What a Marvelous Osh Day!

It was anything but a typical day for us at the EAA Airventure, commonly known as Osh. It’s the first time I’ve even presented at Osh and when I got off the stage, I was told it wouldn’t be the last. Such a marvelous audience! At the end a gentleman came up upset that he had missed it all, time change got him so he was an hour late. The nicest guy, he had so many things, all very kind that he got a little chocked up. That’s why we come to Osh! Then we did the first of five book signings this week. Man, that was still more amazing folks coming up to talk and share. Then if that wasn’t enough, saw some great old friends that we’d lost touch with, that was special. And then, yes there is more, our dear friends Flydaddy and family arrived who we spent most of the rest of the day with. Enjoying Osh through the eyes of twelve year olds what...

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on Jul 20, 2018 in Aviation

My Osh Gear 2018

I’m changing up how I photographically work an airshow this Osh. In the past, the long lens (Nikkor 180-400VR) would hang from my shoulder all day. By the end of the day, my shoulder would be darn tired. And I was always nervous it would take a fatal hit hanging there. So this year it’s going to be safely tucked away except for like during the airshow in the MP-7. The MP-7 also permits me to carry my chair and rain shell hands free so the Nikon D5 / Nikkor 24-70VR that will be hanging from my shoulder can be quickly used. I’ve not done it this way before so I look forward to seeing how theory meets the tarmac! In our MP-7 is: Nikkor 180-400VR Nikkor 105f1.4 AFS Nikkor 18-35AFS Nikkor 8-15Fish Nikon Rapid Strap SB-5000 WR-R10 Nikon Polarizer: 40.5mm for 180-400 / 82mm On my shoulder is: Nikon D5 Nikkor 24-70VR Peak...

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on Jun 26, 2018 in Aviation

I’ll be Signing at Osh!

We are “over the top” excited to be spending the week at EAA AirVenture next month AND signing my book, Takeoff. Many are already asking if we’ll be there. If you’re thinking of going, or know you’re going, we want to invite you to stop by and say hi, get your (or gift) book signed (they will be there for sale of course) and ask any questions that I might be able to help with. Here’s my schedule: Day / DateTimeLocation Tues 07.2409:45-10:45Wearhouse Wed 07.2508:30-09:30Sky Shoppe Thurs 07.2608:30-09:30Sky Shoppe Fri 07.2710:00-11:00Welcome Center Tent Sat 07.2809:45-10:45Wearhouse Sharon & I will be at the event all week and if not signing books or working with folks, on the flight line shooting. Please, if you see us and want to say hi or converse, walk up and introduce yourself! Can’t wait!!!! Cya...

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