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on Jun 5, 2018 in Aviation

“Hit & Miss”

“Hit & Miss”
captured by D5 / 14-24AFS

Our Normandy Bound project just keeps on going, even in the rain! Sharon & I flew in early for Photoshop World so I could spend time with my favorite C-47 and see the progress made in the prior few weeks. While my planning was spot on for flights and schedule, it didn’t take in the crazy weather Florida has been experiencing. But like I always say, the worst weather can make the best photography!

“Hit & Miss”
captured by D5 / 24-70VR

The rain, well it was a downpour so I was soaked before I even got the gear out of the truck. Because of that, I went with one lens at a time going for that one shot before heading back to the truck and in its shelter, change lenses. The first shot I wanted was an eyelevel shot with the cockpit. With the D5 / 14-24AFS I very carefully went up the slick as snot gangway to shoot eyelevel. I would take a shot, dry off the front element. Take a shot, dry off the front element. I could take it for only long before scurrying down and back to the shelter of the truck where I would blot dry my gear and change lenses.

“Hit & Miss”
captured by D5 / 8-15Fish

The rain let up for a moment and with the clouds at hand, I grabbed the D5 / 24-70VR and headed to the rear of the plane for my arse shot. I no sooner got there and got off a few clicks and the rain started up. So back to the truck I went. The last shot I wanted would take waiting a bit longer so I went to the D5 / 8-15Fish to take in the tire with #43-48950. She’s slowly having all the corrison dealth with and as they make progress, she is primed to protect those surfaces that have been dealt with. Often you can “see” the progress but this trip, all the gray shows the progress. Even if, it’s all wet!

I think you should understand how I approach shooting in the rain. No matter the gear, D5 or D850, 800mm to 8-15Fish, SB-5000 or no SB-5000, if I can tolerate the rain, so can my gear. That’s how I approach shooting in the rain. The saturated color and appearance “wet” brings make it often a great time to be shooting. The key in this is to BLOT your gear dry, DO NOT WIPE it dry! And once back indoors, place your gear under a clean, dry towel and let it come up to room temp before cleaning it all. I’ve shot doing this for decades and have never had ANY gear issues.

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