Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Uh Jay, you just happen to be an expert in my book.




FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
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How about a little "over the shoulder" DC-3 conversion to B&W?



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
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Such hard act to shoot...because all you want to do is watch!




nrferguson
Registered: Apr 20, 2004
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I went to the UK tankfest at the weekend. No aircraft but a great time - did get to see one chopper though:
Niall



Donald Gray
Registered: Nov 12, 2005
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stevez wrote:
JimClark wrote:
mot sure where to put this question. I would like to improve on sharpness of my plane images especially the old warbirds. Working on slower shutter speeds but still am not getting them as sharp as i would like. I use a 7d and a monopod and a canon 100-400 got tips on getting good prop blur and sharp images? Been using 125th which seems to be a good amount of prop blur. I know some use even slower speeds


@JimClark: Most of the top aviation shooters I know don't use camera support when panning, preferring the freedom to maneuver of going hand-held. The path of an airplane through the sky during a banana pass may be simple enough, but the trajectory from the shooter's point of view is anything but.

1/125 is a good shutter speed for the flat engines, but the round engines will repay your working down toward 1/60th, and a T-6, with only two blades, won't give you a full disc until you go even slower. Helos really need 1/25 or even 1/15 for serious rotor blur, but 1/80 will at least show that you're trying. Practice acquiring your panning target off to the side with the tips of your shoes parallel to the runway, so you're square when the subject is directly in front of you and don't have to shift your feet right when they're closest to you.

But mostly it's just practice. Some folks go out and shoot cars on the street just to keep their panning chops in shape.





... and this is yet another amazing sample of top notch help and advice that I learn from.
... and it is why I love this place...

Thanks Steve



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Quick edits this morning while I'm remembering how he blasted across the runway so low. I think he gave more than a few of us heart failure...



mrkyle
Registered: Jul 06, 2008
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Razor17 wrote:
Matt, those are really nice captures from Dayton, did you get any of the P-51 "The Brat III"? The driver likes seeing himself as much as the a/c... ;-0)

Lynn



Lynn,

Thank you so much. I'm guessing you did not see my earlier post concerning the deaths of Jane Wicker and her pilot Charlie Schwenker.

A very short version of the story - My wife and I met Jane, Charlie and the rest of her crew late Friday afternoon. I got to go for a flight in the Stearman with Janes fiance Rock Skowbow in the pilots seat.

On Saturday we witnessed the fatal crash at close range; it happened right in front of us. After meeting them and getting to know them a bit that tragic event hit us pretty hard. We both decided that the best thing to do was pack up and leave. We heard later on that they cancelled the rest of the Saturday show and we did not have the heart to return on Sunday.

So long story for a short answer - Nope no shots of the P-51

Matt



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
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Puff the magic Dog



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Ahhhh Brian, Great shot! I can hear it, feel it and smell the sweet aroma of Aeroshell 120/LL



gerov
Registered: Nov 29, 2004
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Brian,
great timing on that shot. I have to say I get a chuckle when I see the size of the B-25 and its engines compared to that little fire extinguisher

Gero



Squirrely Eyed
Registered: Apr 26, 2013
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Brian,

Nice shot of a great aircraft. I wish I had my gear with me last year to catch the Easter egg drop.



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
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Squirrely Eyed wrote:
Brian,

Nice shot of a great aircraft. I wish I had my gear with me last year to catch the Easter egg drop.


Yeah, a shame they didn't do it this year too. A victim of it's own success I guess.



KZinnack
Registered: Mar 16, 2010
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Razor17 wrote:
astrobrian wrote:
That would go well on "There I Fixed It"



More like, here hold my beer while I fix that...


Oh boy, I'm pretty sure he was holding the beer while he fixed it.....maybe two of them.



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
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A little old school drag racing from Joliet, although in 1969 A/Stock cars were not running in the low 10's.



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
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gerov wrote:
Brian,
great timing on that shot. I have to say I get a chuckle when I see the size of the B-25 and its engines compared to that little fire extinguisher

Gero

Luckily there is a fire station only a block away

Edit TOPP: Run Up Blur



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Country: United States

For our aspiring pros in the group, today was another chapter in my as yet unwritten book, "So You Want To Be a Pro?!"

Just as I was finishing a five mile walk early this morning my cell phone rang. You know a challenge is afoot when the client begins apologizing before they even tell you what they need. "Is there any way you could bend your schedule to shoot a BBJ for us today?" If it's humanly possible, my default answer for the past three decades has always been, "Certainly!" My clients are probably the most pampered ones in existence, and I have no intention of changing that at this point.

A call to the client I was shooting for today, a quick shower, a gear check and I was on my way to what I knew would be a hornet's nest. The airplane had just landed from a one hour shakedown flight and at least twenty people stood waiting with their tools to dive in an do the final tweaks. This scenario isn't all that unusual, but then the rest of the story unfolded. Glancing at my watch it was just after nine, the plane was departing with a Prime Minister and fifteen crew and high ranking military officers at 12:45, no wiggle room. We boarded, did a quick walk through and I began setting up and shooting. The jet was shaking from the footsteps of the dozen or so technicians scrambling around the various cabin sections, dismantling tables, captain's chairs, trouble shooting the "Air Show" system, and a bunch of other things on the punch list.

My plan was to begin in the aft lav and work forward, partly because that was the only compartment not filled with people and tools. I began turning on all the lights and figuring out angles. When I had finished with that compartment, work in the next was supposed to be complete so I could progress toward the nose. Shooting a BBJ in three hours is basically an impossibility unless of course you utilize the advanced techniques we saw in the shots I posted yesterday When I opened the lav doors I was greeted with a war zone of tables, pedestals, wiring, and technicians in little blue surgical shoe covers. Having been around this block before, I could see that this shoot didn't have a prayer of getting completed, unless they wanted me to shoot it as it flew to the other side of the world, not out of the realm of possibility. The guys were able to put the next VIP cabin back together enough for me to fudge three or four perspectives, but that brought me to a stone wall of impossibility, and I was just in everyone's way, so I pulled all of my gear out of the plane and put my part of the operation on pause until I could determine what was going to happen next.

This was the point where a BBJ assignment did a rapid course change to a VIP/delivery ceremony shoot in a completely different location. None of this was planned, but it was happening and a whole different set of tools were required. I used to allow this stuff to get me all twisted up, which accomplished nothing, save limiting my ability to deal. The next two hours bounced back and forth between a board room and a middle of the day sunblasted ramp. The jet shoot never resumed, but I knew there was no way it was getting completed, or anywhere near.

Certainly this whole scenario is extreme, but it's the stuff a commercial shooter's life is made of to one degree or another, just listen to my friend Joe McNally wax poetic about his three decades in the crucible. I have have come to realize that it, if it doesn't make one a raving maniac, creates a confidence and flexibility that ends up permeating everything you do in life, and that's oddly satisfying, in a masochistic sort of way.

A dozen executive portraits tomorrow beginning at 7 am and I'm cranking up for the 4th.



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
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In short, do not take only the gear you "think" you will need for a particular shoot. I have learned this one myself a couple of times already. As the saying goes, anything can happen, and will.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Country: United States

Absolutely Brian. I bring everything, including the kitchen sink, to every shoot, in triplicate in most cases. You just never know and there's no coming back from being unprepared, even if it's not your fault.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Saw the drawings for my 747-8i project today. Unfortuantely, under strict contract, none of those images will ever see the light of day, but I can tell you that there has never been anything like this, ever, anywhere. The final shoot will last a week or more. Absolutely unreal. Hopefully capping it off with a B25 air to air session over some cool landscape feature in the US. Aviation wise, it will most certainly be the pinnacle of my career. Isn' t it typical that it can't be used for marketing or horn blowing of any kind, oh well.



Slug69
Registered: Mar 04, 2008
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Country: Australia

Thanks for the stories JW. Very intrigued about the last post too.

Cheers.



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