Reno From the Ground

As more and more planes start rolling into Stead the opportunities become even better. Each year varies with a different showing of planes in attendance each year. This makes for an ever changing atmosphere to work in. The one nice thing is the background, where the natural light hits, the halogen lights, the access, all of that remains the same so planning out those shots can be challenging and rewarding.

Now this year starts off differently because the Texas Flying Legends Museum brought down some of their planes including their Spitfire Mk.IXc. One aircraft is all that’s needed to make a good day great for a photographer. When it comes to static planes two big elements to control is background and angle. The background at Stead never changes so you can only do so much there but by getting down low, with good light and clouds you can make that “boring airplane at an airport” shot look great. A few years back CAF Camarillo brought up their A6M3 Zero and under the exact same conditions with a little change of angle and morning light, that desert background can look great. With so many great planes and so many shots already taken at Stead it’s challenging and rewarding to come up with new images.

Fun For Friday

I though this would be a good Friday blog post. I like most others here a lot about not refinishing an old image. Well I love to play around and sometimes that means going back to images that I have visited in the past. These shots of the Blue Angels I took at the Reno Air Races in 2009. Back then my processing skills, and that of the technology of the time, were not as good as they are now. Amazing how far things come in just a few years. I always liked the look of these F-18’s Super Hornets and I wanted to work with them a little bit. These are not HDR they simply went through ACR and a few minor touches in Photoshop CS6.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-300VR, 24-70 AF-S F/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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