Seeing that F86E just whiz across the sky was amazing. Getting up close and seeing all the details is great but the true enjoyment isn’t there until it’s up in the air. Now Dad had mentioned that most of the older folks here were flying these aircraft when they were my age or younger. These grandpa’s were reminiscing about the days when they were in flight school, the plane was new and everyone wanted to fly it. They were sharing it with their families and even a few got up on stage and spoke about their experiences. I got to thinking, always scary, of how those generations were passing their knowledge on to their kids and what my folks were passing on to me.
2 years ago i was blessed to get one of my favorite lenses, the 600f4. I have shot more with that lens than i can recall and now i have been given a new lens in my arsenal the 200-400f4 AF-S VR. I have shot with this lens a little bit back at the Reno Air Races but since then not much. Now i don’t get new gear that often but when i do i always seem to do a double take, because it’s like what did i do to deserve this awesome gift. Well Dad got the new 200-400VR-II and that brought on another hand me down, gotta love those. You can see just some of what he has done so far and I’m sure there will be more to come from the both of us. All that actually brought me to my point of passing on to the next generation and the influences it can have it.
As the F86E Sabre Jet flew across the sky with the back panels expanded, making figure eights over the runway watching it i could see the past being relived herein the present. This beautifully restored aircraft was zipping by too fast. The sun glared off the wing tips just as it glared off the lens barrel as it was pointed up at the Sabre, and i knew how fortunate i was to get these opportunities and to say thanks to all those that make it possible, gear and all.
Images captured with D3, 200-400f4 AF-S VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film