If you follow my blog then you know that I tend to work with warbirds whenever I can but I don’t always work with some of the smaller planes. I actually really like working with anything that has character and these biplanes have a lot of that. At one point biplanes were state of the art fighters and over time they became outdated. Well they ended in multiple different roles from stunt planes, to acrobatics, to trainers, recreation and of course racing. As one of the best home built planes for any aviation enthusiast they are incredibly popular and are seen in lots of shapes and sizes. One of the great photographic elements of biplanes is they almost always look good. No matter what the background is it seems like they always look good.
Sorry for the delay in blogs but the last couple of days have been crazy busy getting everything done from the Air Races. Of course having to drive back up to Montana tends to suck up some time as well. The nice thing about the drive is the potential for some great images, but more on that later. I love prop planes. Doesn’t really matter which ones because each one has a great sound to it that you just don’t get with jets. That sound just adds that much more character to the planes. Well over the last few years at the races, Dad and I have been bringing our big lenses to photograph the planes at the end of the T hangars. With the big glass we get a great perspective that you can’t get with the 200-400. The big difference is being able to isolate the background. With the great clouds the first couple of days having that background made the planes standout.
Nikon D3, 600f/4, TC-17E, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Whether the planes are new or old, biplanes are still fun planes to watch. One of the racing groups at Reno is the biplane class and although not my favorite they are still a lot of fun. It’s because of their symbolic bi wing design that makes them so eye catching. Even today with modern wing design, improved fuselage and engine designs the biplanes still symbolize that golden era of flight.
Nikon D3, 600f4, TC-17E II, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film