Playing With History

One of the best parts about working with planes and pilots is every now and then the opportunity arises to go photograph something truly unbelievable. Dad and I headed down to Arizona to photograph a rare bird, the F2G-1D Super Corsair. This particular plane, commonly known as “57,” due to the race number of 57 on the fuselage, was a former Thompson Cup competitor at the Cleveland Races. After a long, tough history of racing, rotting and revival it is now back to it’s former glory with a new paint job brilliantly shinning in the afternoon light.

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This is pretty much the most basic of shots i could have come up with, but due to the warm afternoon light on the candy apple red paint job, it just makes it seem like so much more. For this shot i was using the 70-200 VRII and my D3, got down low and shot at angle to the plane. The great thing about where we were was the people were so nice that they moved the plane to face the light. It couldn’t have been any better.

Images captured with Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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