Last year at the races I was able to work with some really great people and some great aircraft. The CAF SoCal out of Camarillo, CA has some great aircraft and for the last couple of years they have brought a large portion of their fleet to the air races. This year they brought their Mustang, Bearcat, Hellcat, Spitfire and Zero for rides, opening ceremony and simulated dogfight. Having worked with the wing previously I knew that they would always want more images. The second morning I was there, Dad had already set up a great morning static shoot with the aircraft from the wing, minus the mustang. Now we had been having great clouds that whole and thankfully they lasted a little too much towards the end as Saturday rolled in with a massively heavy storm. It poured. Nevertheless the Thursday morning shoot was great!
Of particular interest to us was the A6M3 Zero, an original Vet from the Solomon and one of only five flying originals left in the world. We parked it separate from the others in order to get more time with it and more detail shots. One of the benefits of working a subject for the second time is knowing what images you already had and what ones to work on. In this case having previously worked with the Bearcat, Hellcat and Spitfire, quite successfully I might add, my attention was on the Zero.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film