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on Aug 29, 2019 in Aviation

What a Storyteller – Bob Hambley Wildcat Pilot

Bob Hambley Lt JG
captured by Z6 / Z24-70f2.8

“My last interview I did with a videographer was 5 1/2 hours.” When Bob, 98, told me that on the phone, I knew Sharon and I were in for a helluva an afternoon. Most of the Vet Chronicles we film don’t last more than half an hour. Bob was going strong after two hours! A Hellcat and Wildcat pilot during WWII, Bob saw it all and escaped death, well I lost count how many times. A midair collision during Advanced Training, ditching in the water, landing during a tropical storm, going off the end of a carrier on the launch, flipping over upon landing on a carrier, Wildcat missing the barrier and crashing on his plane on the carrier deck, those are just SOME of his stories. He’s such a good storyteller, even though he was sitting in front of us, we kept wondering if he was going to survive each adventure! It’s going to be a one challenging interview to edit, but then, they all are! Just want to say to Bob, thanks for the great afternoon and thanks for your service!

On a technical note, lots of email come in asking how we film these interviews. One of the big challenges is filming in the vet’s home as there is normally limited space. Such was the case with Bob so I had my minimal kit. This means I didn’t have my Elvid StudioVision 15.6″ 4K HDMI Monitor which I find essential. So I then have many pairs of my reading glasses with me and the Z Focus Peaking working as I depend in it in such situations to get a sharp image (exposure and focus are both set to Manual). My lighting I keep real simple which the Profoto B10 excells at! With the Profoto OCF Octa Softbox (2′) attached, I first use this as my video light and then with a push of a button, my flash to take the photo above. Sound is of course done with Sennheiser EW 112P G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Mic. And the cameras, Z of courrse. Z6 / 70-180micro (great lens!) is camera one, Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 camera two.

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