Keeping up with the Files

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed between aviation photography, wildlife and landscape photography is that in aviation I’m spending a lot more time editing and processing my images. Since Pylon Race Seminar three weeks ago I have processed about 150 different images and have added them to my galleries. Now not all of these images are up on my blog yet but all good things with time. It has occurred to me over the last few weeks just how many images can accumulate in just a couple days of airshow photography and how important it is to keep up to date on getting them processed. Sadly however time doesn’t always allow for playing with images.

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These three images are some of my favorite statics from PRS and are ones that I had fun. The top one comprising of 2 L29 Delfins and a Mig 15 jet is a shot that just caught my eye as Dad, Mom and myself were going by. It was simply the pattern of the red, black and grey that I just liked. One of the best things about aviation photography is the patterns that can be seen with the different planes.

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This is a T-33 Shooting Star another great jet produced from the late 1940’s – 1950’s. It was original designed as a fighter but as more jets came online it was turned into an impressive jet training plane. It’s amazing how often a simple image is usually my favorite and this is just that. One click with little post work. Some of you might by wondering why this is my favorite shot, considering it is kind of a boring static image, well it’s one i didn’t have before in my files and with new planes even the basics are needed.

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The last one here is the F7F-3 Tigercat another fighter, and one big ass plane to have flying around the Reno. This particular image is why i continue to shoot. I wasn’t aware of this at the time but when i took this image i was busy moving around, didn’t notice that i cut off the tail, or that the tail blended in with the folded up wing. A simple five feet to the right would have solved both of those issues making for a just a little bit stronger image. It just goes to show that more practice is needed even for the little things.

Images Captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 200-400 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

The Shooting Star

With any subject being photographed light is everything. Well there isn’t much one can do about flight demos, either we shoot or not. In this case the plane was back lit but did have the mountains behind it. The mountains even had some good snow on them, which must have been from those big storms we had. Amazing that it lasted at such a low altitude.

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We were hopeful that the T33 might be front lit if it took off to the south and made a left turn circle, for a brief moment it seemed like it would unfortunately all other aircraft were heading to the north so we knew it wasn’t going to cooperate. One lucky guy rode in the second seat during the demo, I wondered if he was nervous when they strapped the parachute on him.

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Unlike the TBM Avenger and F86 Sabre that Dad and I photographed down at Chino’s Planes of Fame, the T33 flew low and close to the museum. It was something of a mystery whether or not he would considering it is a jet versus a prop plane. Before take off one of the speaker talked a little bit about the plane including how it was a trainer up to the 60’s when it was replaced with updated technology. Also how they were only allowed to fly at a max speed of 200 knots even though it can go up to 500 knots.

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After 4 good laps around the museum it was time for him to come down to the ground. On last lap we had the best light and got a few good shots. All in all it was great demo totally worth the drive down for.

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Images Captured with D3, Nikon Nikkor Vr 200-400, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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