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p.4027 #1 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Thanks! No, actually the 500mm f4 mk2 was my first big lens. Got it in Dec 2012. I also have the 300mm f2.8 Mk2 which I picked up a couple months later.
I have held Jay's 500 and 300 which are mkI's and the weight difference is rather noticeable. Jay and I shoot side by side a lot and IQ-wise I haven't noticed a huge difference but the 1Dmk4 he uses has a higher pixel density and the hands of a master operating it along with his processing expertise. At some point maybe it would be worth putting the lenses on the same body to do a real comparison. Could do with and without TC's, various apertures, and in my studio with test charts, etc.



JWilsonphoto wrote:
Great images Rob! Did you own a series 1 500/4? I'd love your evaluation of the II in comparison. All of us who own the 1 love it and think it's razor sharp, the images you posted above indicate the II is better by an order of magnitude.




Jan 06, 2014 at 02:54 PM
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p.4027 #2 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Living in the desert, it's not unusual to see a Bobcat...




Jan 06, 2014 at 02:56 PM
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p.4027 #3 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


"A mile of road can take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere!"




Jan 06, 2014 at 03:14 PM
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p.4027 #4 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


JWilsonphoto wrote:
It's funny Nick, experience reveals that there is a tremendous interest in great aviation images, everyone enjoys viewing them, but selling prints is another story entirely. The stock market reflects that to a degree, although my GA/Corporate aviation stock is always in the most downloaded category.


I enjoy reading Joe McNally's blog and this mornings post seems appropriate to MA2A's comments about the stock photography market and the vagaries of professional photography in general. Enjoy.

http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2014/01/06/off-to-a-rip-roaring-start/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+joemcnally+%28Joe+McNally%27s+Blog%29



Jan 06, 2014 at 04:44 PM
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p.4027 #5 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jeff W. wrote:
Wonderful photographs Nick. The first image (i.e. 22:00hrs) is my personal favorite. The soft tonalities you're getting with the winter light is fantastic. Are those lobster traps? Certainly not something we see in Arizona - regardless of the season.



Thanks Jeff. Yes, I've always understood that they are lobster pots – I have no idea if they might trap a crab as well. I find it deeply comforting that you don't have those pots in Arizona! At least that's one neuron I still have working.
The winter light around here can be very good. The harbour / cove in the three images is all in shadow – so the processing is biased toward a pleasing result rather than technical accuracy. Some days we get continuous overcast, which is generally hopeless – except when very bright – which is excellent for rock formation abstracts. Other days we get clear blue and white puffy – that's great because with the sun so low in the sky, happy hour lasts all day. Down side is that “day” at this time of year is only about 8 hrs at best.



Jan 06, 2014 at 06:12 PM
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p.4027 #6 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


My Son, is building a Bobcat, with over 100 inches of wing span. He is taking it to a scale show, this weekend, so it can be seen before covering.
Full scale is very pretty.


Tom



Jan 06, 2014 at 06:31 PM
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p.4027 #7 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Joe is a hoot isn't he Jeff. I guess I should be (and I was) thankful, my last 2013 check from Getty was $1562.37, representing about six weeks of sales. What Joe describes is reality. I have no idea what his bottom line is annually, but as you mentioned a page or two ago, he has overhead. The guys that shot for Geographic had big budgets thrown at them, but the logistics and time involved on those assignments ate those numbers up pretty quickly. The Geographic has always been great at figuring what an assignment might run, but factoring in that the photographer gets a bump from being a "National Geographic Photographer", so the shooters didn't deposit what you might imagine. The downside for Geographic shooters has always been that they spend much of their career in a tree warding off malaria, waiting for the shot that will save them the verbal abuse festival that Geographic editors are so famous for, along with getting them selected for the next eight months in a sleeping bag at 19,000' assignment. While those guys are out doing what they do, assignments of all denominations are being awarded around the world, some of which are actually lucrative for the photographers involved. Geographic guys understand the in's and out of landing editorial assignments, but they are pretty much clueless when it relates to agency and corporate work. In addition, they've been out of pocket so much of their career that they don't have the relationships and the network.

Oddly, assistants aren't terribly expensive, 200 to 1,000 bucks a day depending upon skill level. The low end being someone who has the "skill" to schlep bags and set up light stands, the upper number is someone who will unpack all your gear, then do a pretty competent job of getting the first composition lit, while the photographer stretches and sips his or her Cappuccino, arriving an hour or two after everyone else. The best way to build a relationship with an assistant that you feel has the chops to be a great photographer down the line, is to hire them full time. The upside is they'll always be available, and you know what you're getting. The downside is, you're training someone to snatch your client list once they have enough knowledge to shoot for them. That might seem harsh, but it's reality, and the scenario repeats itself over and over. Can't blame the assistants, anyone with any moxie wants their own gig, you just have to decide if you're willing to put yours at risk to lighten your load for a time. A single decent full time assistant will add a minimum of 50K to your expenses and double the expense portion of every quote. Gone are the days that agencies preferred that you have multiple assistants because they billed the end client a percentage of the cost of the shoot, more cost meant more money to them. That isn't how it's done anymore, the market place has pared their pricing to the bone. In many cases an assistant will cost you the assignment. Editorially speaking, just look at the aviation publications who used to hire freelancers for their feature articles every month, in many cases the editors are now the photographers as well. FLYING, Plane & Pilot, Pilot Journal, Warbird Digest, the list goes on and on. They all represent business that is no longer there for the freelance shooter, except for an occasional stock image sale and that won't float the boat.


I am very grateful for the steady flow of assignments that I'm blessed with, but you all are witnesses to the vigilance it takes to keep the pipeline full. One has to be as adept at knocking on doors and maximizing every relationship, as you do being technically competent.The photographer with loads of talent, great equipment, and lots of time on his or her hands has been a common thread running through our industry, and long before digital made virtually everyone a pro.



Jan 06, 2014 at 09:58 PM
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p.4027 #8 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


SpaceX Falcon 9 transfer mission just had a successful launch: T +00:08:30 right now and all looks good.

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

[Update: it was really cool watching the engine bell of the second stage rocket motor start to glow red/orange after they lit the second stage.]



Jan 06, 2014 at 10:09 PM
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p.4027 #9 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


D4s?? A Development Announcement??

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/About-Nikon/Press-Room/index.page

Scroll down on the left. second box.



Jan 07, 2014 at 02:11 AM
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p.4027 #10 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Great catch Paul! They are holding this one close to the vest before next week's release. The thing you can count on with Nikon, is that it will hit the streets very soon after the debut. Looking forward to hearing more about this one!


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p.4027 #11 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Interesting development re the D4s. Would explain why the UK price of the D4 has fallen recently and why select UK retailers are offering an additional £500 trade in from Nikon against the purchase of a D4.


Jan 07, 2014 at 01:01 PM
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p.4027 #12 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


You have to hand it to Nikon. They manufacture, announce and put it on the shelf for sale, all within a reasonable time frame. Might have something to do with the fact that they aren't chasing the porn market with 52 kinds of video products.............."just sayin' " I wish them every success, and I plan to help them a little with that.


Jan 07, 2014 at 02:46 PM
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p.4027 #13 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


DASVIDANIYA

Transaero Airlines Boeing 777 departing LAX for Moscow in the last light of the day.







Jan 07, 2014 at 03:44 PM
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p.4027 #14 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


I dunno, I see that D4S press release as worthless. It's basically announcing that they'll make an announcement some time in the future and trying to make a splash at the CES show when it's not really ready for prime time.

"Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date."

If it really does stay at 16MP, they better make huge gains everywhere else, and not just in video. We'll see.

Erich




Jan 07, 2014 at 03:55 PM
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p.4027 #15 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


I was under the impression that they were going to have the D4s on display at the show. Nikon isn't given to vaporware announcements like some of their competitors. Previous experience seems to indicate that they wouldn't say it if it wasn't so. There would be little point in releasing a body with the same mp count and minimal improvements. Guess we'll have a better idea next week.


Jan 07, 2014 at 05:05 PM
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p.4027 #16 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Too darn cold to shoot anything around here these days. I should have worked harder on developing my client base in Hawaii. I did take my SCUBA tank in for recertification a week or so ago. We are developing some relationships in spots that have great diving opportunities, a little business, a little diving, sounds like a good mix.


Jan 07, 2014 at 05:09 PM
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p.4027 #17 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jim, It's there but literally under glass. It's in a plexiglass case and not available to play with or even touch. I can't remember where I read it, but I think the official announcement won't be until next month.

Erich



Jan 07, 2014 at 05:26 PM
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p.4027 #18 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Want to throw this out there to the group…

A friend contacted me about helping him find pics of a particular helicopter he is building an RC model of for the scale masters competition coming up later this year. Got me thinking about how to use the network of friends who are into photography and aviation. So this is a test run of how things might go.

He is looking for a Sikorsky H-34/S-58 in the Coast Guard white/red or red/white scheme or similar brightly colored. Doesn't have to be Coast Guard but must be a brightly colored rescue variant. So the first part of this is searching the memory banks and then hard drives to find a pic of one of these birds.

The next part, once that pic is deemed the correct bird, is to do walk-around and detail shots of that heli to document that what my friend is building is correct in every way. We would supply a list of shots needed…about 20 total. Not artsy stuff…just documenting.

There was a company years ago that supplied these photo packs to "fixed-wing" scale modelers but has since gone away. I don't recall ever seeing helis in their catalog.

There is a small amount of money to be made…and I mean small. There is, however, a large niche to be filled in the RC community for this type of work.

Please PM me if you are interested or have access to the heli mentioned above. Other birds he mentioned needing photo packs for are the Apache A and D models, and the Eurocopter AS350 in as crazy a color scheme as you can find.
The RC versions BTW are huge! His contest-winner from last year, a Bell 47, is almost 8 feet long with a 10 foot rotor!!



Jan 07, 2014 at 06:27 PM
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p.4027 #19 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Is this the kind of thing you mean? http://www.b-domke.de/aircraft_in_detail.html

Erich



Jan 07, 2014 at 06:54 PM
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p.4027 #20 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Yes!! Had no idea that site existed! Thank you.
Still want to try to make it a group thing and put some change in everyone's pocket though!



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