Always Working on the Images

It seems like every Monday it gets harder and harder to come up with a good blog. I don’t know if it’s the lazy weekend spilling over to the beginning of the week or if it’s just focus on other matters that makes it hard to come up with new material. Either way the blog still has to get written. These past couple of weeks I have been slowly working on getting projects done and I always seem to question whether I ‘m spending time on the right projects. What I mean is when you have so many overlapping things to get done, how do you choose what to start on?

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I don’t know of any formula to make all of this work but it always seemed prudent to start on the projects that have the closest deadline and go from there. When your also trying to get images off to friends and possibly new clients, even if it’s not a paying gig, how does that fit into the deadlines? Now I’m not really sure where everything fits in, I always said that everything gets done in the end but I often wonder what opportunities might be missed if you stick to just getting the deadlines done and don’t go after the other possibilities.

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In the Camera Bag

Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, TC-17e, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

More Flying In!

Well i thought it was time again to add a few more images to the galleries. After all there are so many images that i want to show with limited time to do so, it seemed perfect to add these three beautiful planes to the Air to Air section of my aviation gallery. All three of these planes came from two air to air photo shoots this past month down at Fantasy of Flight. Three marvelous planes, even better photo subject.

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P51C Mustang

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TP-40

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Travel Air

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Flight, Day 2

Sunday posed the same situation as did Saturday for shooting platforms. This time we were ready for the flight even with our soar backs. That days adventure consisted of two rare planes, a TP-40 and a Travel Air. The TP-40 is the trainer version of the P40 so it has an extra seat in the back. The Travel Air was a biplane developed in the late 1920’s as an inexpensive plane using World War 1 parts. Only 1800 Travel Air aircraft were built, not many of these biplanes are left flying today. Both of these planes proved to be just amazing subjects.

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Of course it never hurts to have the owner smiling as he flies by.

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

More Statics!

With so many great subjects to work with it’s hard to find time for them all. Well some of my favorites I tended to work with more so than any others. The float planes and fighters were just too awesome to pass up. Now we ended up spending about 4 hours shooting the statics that morning which meant a lot of differences in light. The first few statics shots i posted were from very early morning light. These next four are later in the day when the fog burned off and the sun was high.

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As you can already see the shadows are much more distinct already and spots on the plane are beginning to get blown out. It doesn’t take much for the metal airplane sides to get over lit creating blinkies. Thankfully it’s a really easy thing to fix in ACR with the recovery tool or in photoshop afterward. One of the benefits of having a private group go into FOF is that we were able to go out onto the grass runway and shoot back at the planes. This made for some great shots with the hangers and the pond where the planes reflections were. It’s kind of one of those quarks, a float plane with its reflection in the water. Simple things really.

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Of course the TP-40 couldn’t be ignored. It’s just to rare and to cool to pass up. I shot it forwards to backwards trying to capture interesting angles. This is one of those planes that does look really good with hangers somewhere in the background and even though i don’t post any of those images rest assured that i do have them.

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Now it’s back to the P-51C Mustang. This plane just glimmers, one can’t help but be awe stricken when looking at it. It’s a beautiful plane that shows the amount of love put into it. There is one little thing i noticed when processing the images of the P51C and that is when in ACR in the Luminance tab, if i wanted to darken the sky with the blue slider making the sky look better, the plane was affected to. Because the plane is polished aluminum it is reflecting the blue of the sky so it is important to watch the plane when messing with the sliders if it has a polished finish. Just a little trivia for ya.

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That’s it for now on the statics, but you never know what else might be coming down the runway.

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

The Birds of Fantasy of Flight

I am a little behind in blogging again which isn’t abnormal when times get busy. This past weekend was a very busy time with very little sleep. As some of you might know from my Dad’s site, last weekend we were in Florida with another adventure in the new series of Air to Air workshops. This time we were at the fabulous Fantasy of Flight like we were for Precon this past April. Fantasy of Flight has some truly spectacular aircraft, all of which has its own unique history. Now the guy who owns Fantasy of Flight is Kermit Weeks who has in his collection over 160 aircraft, that’s a few stories! We were lucky and got to work with some really cool planes including the one up above the Shorts Sunderland. This plane usually never comes out of the hanger, thankfully there was an event that weekend and it had to come out for space. This plane used to fly but unfortunately it hasn’t been flown in some time making it in need of repairs now. It’s still a great plane, massive but great!

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The night we flew in which was Friday night, there was a massive thunderstorm that went through the area and Saturday morning when we went to the airfield we had a nice layer of fog. The fog is just a great backdrop for the planes. The airfield already is super clean with a lake and trees in the background and of course the best part is no fences! The addition of the fog creates this feeling or allusion of being back in England on a cold morning right before battle, which is quite nice with some of the planes we were working with including the P51C Mustang and the TP-40. The Duck was a favorite of Dad’s for some time so naturally he wanted to photograph it. Thanks to Kermit we were able to.

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The major highlight for the workshop was the P51C Mustang. Photographing the Duck, Sunderland, TP-40, and a few other planes, was absolutely marvelous but the P51C was just beautiful. The amount of detail and time spent in this plane is obvious. The plane is painted in the colors of the Tuskegee Airmen, in particular it was painted in the colors of the groups ace Lee Archer. Although not seen here, the plane actually has his signature on the armor platting in the cockpit. Most of the morning was actually spent around this plane. Once the sun came up and the fog left we spent hours working these planes from the ground all the way up to the top of a ladder. It was amazing. This one plane took over an hour to shoot all the angles and details, and even then i know there were images missed.

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Like i said the sun rose and the fog began to disperse. In a normal morning shooting statics we tend to spend a couple of hours at location. Usually before sunrise to 8am or 9am. Not long, a couple of hours and then it’s breakfast. Well this morning was so good that we arrived at 6am and didn’t leave until 10am when the museum actually opened to the public. It was that good of a shoot, no one wanted to stop. I can honestly say that there are more images in my files then there is time to process them and put them up on my blog. The last plane that caught my eye, was of course the PBY which had a great background with the ground fog. I still love this plane, can’t wait to see it in the air, and i thought i would share it with you all.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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