Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 3430
Country: United States

Rodolfo, I'm glad I was able to make Anya a gift of the opportunity, but you're so right to be proud of the way she took the bit in her teeth and ran with it. We were at 12,500' with the doors off, banked steeply toward Anya's side of the plane, leaving her looking straight down at the ground. Didn't faze her a bit: she had a camera in her hands and was intent on making the most of it. That girl will go far.

[edit for TOPP: old-school cowling of the Wright Whirlwind on an old Travel Air]



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16221
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
JWilsonphoto wrote:
Hey Guys, I never thought of it til now, but how was the Blad presentation at ISAP? Obviously not terribly impressive, or one of you would have said something. Maybe it's just the thought of spending a 100K to shoot with something 4 MP larger than the D800 that turned you off. Never saw an image, never heard a peep from us, or Blad about the experience, interesting.


I was underwhelmed.

Now, I don't have a lot to go on, because all I got to do was hold one in my hands for a minute or two in the meeting room. But compared to the old Blad gear the one I handled felt cheap, like they put it together from a bunch of plastic parts. The reps did nothing to sell me on it, either: it was like, Hey, we're Hasselblad and you're just a 35mm guy who wouldn't understand. Sad, really.

On the field day at Paine FIeld, the reps were having, well, a field day, shooting air-to-air from the B-25 and generally looking like they were enjoying themselves. But they didn't give a talk in the symposium and I doubt very much that they sold any gear.


Interesting Zim. There were two Blad employees that I really hit it off with decades ago, the first was Professor Ernst Wildi, Blad photographer of historical proportions and writer of all the manuals, hard cover books, etc. The second guy was my rep, Rob Logan. Rob was just a wonderful person, no hype or arrogance to either of those gentleman. They were there to support their loyal Blad customers and that they did. I put two Halliburton cases in the lake during a sailing regatta years ago. The new SuperWide had just been released and Rob had gotten me the first one to enter the US. Three 500 C/M's and a host of lenses, along with my new SW spent about an hour in a boat that had a waterline slightly above it's deck line. We had gone in to lunch at the yacht club, returned to the dock an hour later for the next race, but found an odd sight. The four mooring ropes were taught and disappeared into the murky lake. Our "water to water" platform was at the wrong end of the ropes. Halliburton cases are a lot of things, but water proof doesn't happen to be one of them. When they pulled my two big Halli's out of the boat, water poured out the hinges that ran along the back of them. I took that as a bad sign.

I finished the race work with 35mm Nikon gear and called Rob on my way home. He told me to put all the bodies and lenses in a cooler filled with clean water and bring them to the Blad service center in Dallas. He then called the director of the facility, it was a Sunday, and asked if he'd meet me there. Fast forward..... the director had two techs come in as well and we all stood looking into three coolers filled with clear water and Hasselblads. A day later, the verdict was in, all that gear had become property of The Hartford.

I didn't have a 4x5 then, so all my architecture and most of my annual report work was shot on my Blads, the SW being the primary architectural tool. Competitive Camera was more than happy to rush order all the 500 bodies, backs and lenses, but I had sunk the only SW in the country, and it wasn't coming back. I was out of the architectural business, and had work coming out my ears, it was the 80's the Reagan years, and business was great.

Lo and behold, my phone rings and it's Professor Ernst. He introduces himself in a thick German accent and proceeds to explain that he is in Goteborg Sweden, at Hasselblad. He tells me that he has Blad building me a new SW, but in the interim he has already overnighted his personal brand spanking new Super Wide for me to use until my new one arrives. Rob had called Ernst and told him of my plight, and Ernst jumped on it. I shot with The Professor's SW for a month, until my new Blad arrived. Ernst, Rob and I became fast friends through all of that and our friendship endured.

So Zim, you and I are of the same opinion. "Real" Hasselblads are no longer. One only has to pick a new one up (as you so accurately described) to realize that they have been supplanted with plastic bits and pieces and lenses not befitting the Ziess moniker. And, it appears, they are being marketed by people too impressed with themselves to care if anyone buys their product. Eastman Kodak implemented a marketing plan very similar to that years ago. I got to witness a bit of the result of that when I photographed all their Gulfstreams for a broker.

Too bad. I do have one Hasselblad left, the shiny 500 C/M that God gave me, sitting on a shelf at HQ. It has worked hard, and well, and it has served as a constant reminder for three decades, through thick and thin, of the promise "For I know I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 And that He has.

Guess we'll stick with our meager 35mm gear and let the esoteric breath the rarified air, huh? Until there is no more.



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
Total Posts: 2649
Country: United States

1956 C/G



PDumm
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
"For I know I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 And that He has.



Thanks Jim, I needed that after today



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 1906
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
Jeff W. wrote:
A minor tribute to the newest addition to the royal family



I absolutely love your re-processed stormscape, Jeff. But this one looks a tad overcooked to me, almost like it was faked.


Thanks for the input Steve. I always appreciate solid C&C; it is how an old guy like me learns and improves. Dramatic scenes like that stormscape create difficult decisions for me during PP. It is a thin line that I can easily trip over in trying to convey the mood - going from subtle to burnt. I'm still playing with it as I think it might be a good candidate for a print using the Piezography process.



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 1906
Country: United States

Tim Adams wrote:
1956 C/G


Talk about a ride in a time machine. You just took me back 40+ years Tim - thank you



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 16221
Country: United States

You're welcome Paul. Isn't it odd that a Book many consider irrelevant, or don't consider at all, can have so much wisdom for the moment it's needed. Kind of leads you to believe it's True, doesn't it.

Don't know what you had to deal with today, but He is sufficient, and I hope tomorrow will be a much better one.



USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1249
Country: United States

So real looking for being so small. Craftsmanship! The B-29 has a 13' wingspan, weighs 65# and has electric brakes, powered by four OS 91 engines. The Mustang has a seven foot wingspan! I caught some prop discs and even got a lightning bolt on the T-6, first for me on a little guy. Hope you enjoy the little guy's. The "war used" look on the Mustang and Mitchell are damn fine to me.

Mike


The Classy Miss B Haven by barbed wire photography, on Flickr



P-51D by barbed wire photography, on Flickr



Go Air Force by barbed wire photography, on Flickr



Dina Might-B29 by barbed wire photography, on Flickr



DanNehmer
Registered: Nov 26, 2009
Total Posts: 272
Country: United States

Mike,

Very nice! Looks like you had a good time at the small fly in in Cedar Rapids. Wish I could have joined you. What lens did you use mostly? 600, or could you get close enough to work with shorter lens?

Dan



USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1249
Country: United States

I have shot for them the last couple years so they let me up to within fifteen feet of the runway. All were with the 300 except the B-29 was with the 600 to get the nice angle, at least to me anyway. Thanks for looking.....

Mike



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 3430
Country: United States

Jeff W. wrote:
stevez wrote:
Jeff W. wrote:
A minor tribute to the newest addition to the royal family



I absolutely love your re-processed stormscape, Jeff. But this one looks a tad overcooked to me, almost like it was faked.


Thanks for the input Steve. I always appreciate solid C&C; it is how an old guy like me learns and improves. Dramatic scenes like that stormscape create difficult decisions for me during PP. It is a thin line that I can easily trip over in trying to convey the mood - going from subtle to burnt. I'm still playing with it as I think it might be a good candidate for a print using the Piezography process.


I'm not sure we're on the same page, Jeff. The one I'm calling overcooked is the one with the BA 747, not the monsoon clouds over the city: that's just terrific.



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 1906
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
I'm not sure we're on the same page, Jeff. The one I'm calling overcooked is the one with the BA 747, not the monsoon clouds over the city: that's just terrific.


Sorry Steve, I misunderstood. You are spot-on with the 747. I overcooked it purposely as my vibrantly colorful salute to the new monarch across the pond



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 3430
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Jeff W. wrote:
stevez wrote:
I'm not sure we're on the same page, Jeff. The one I'm calling overcooked is the one with the BA 747, not the monsoon clouds over the city: that's just terrific.


Sorry Steve, I misunderstood. You are spot-on with the 747. I overcooked it purposely as my vibrantly colorful salute to the new monarch across the pond


Well, if it's a commentary on the British monarchy, then...



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 3430
Country: United States

A day late and a dollar short: last night was the full moon and we had almost perfectly clear skies at sunset, too. But I was at the grocery store, kicking myself, when I spotted the full moon rising over the Taco Bell.

Tonight, Marcia and I made a sunset flight over Denver in the Remos, sans doors. But it was not nearly as nice as last night would have been: hazy, broken clouds, no moon to be seen. But you shoot what's in front of you, so here's my attempt at making lemonade out of some pretty sour lemons.



david russell
Registered: Jan 06, 2008
Total Posts: 749
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Nice stuff Steve. I really like that a lot.



misster
Registered: Jun 20, 2004
Total Posts: 526
Country: Norway

USM IS wrote:
So real looking for being so small. Craftsmanship! The B-29 has a 13' wingspan, weighs 65# and has electric brakes, powered by four OS 91 engines. The Mustang has a seven foot wingspan! I caught some prop discs and even got a lightning bolt on the T-6, first for me on a little guy. Hope you enjoy the little guy's. The "war used" look on the Mustang and Mitchell are damn fine to me.

Mike

Very good work - I'm impressed !



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 1906
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
A day late and a dollar short: last night was the full moon and we had almost perfectly clear skies at sunset, too. But I was at the grocery store, kicking myself, when I spotted the full moon rising over the Taco Bell.

Tonight, Marcia and I made a sunset flight over Denver in the Remos, sans doors. But it was not nearly as nice as last night would have been: hazy, broken clouds, no moon to be seen. But you shoot what's in front of you, so here's my attempt at making lemonade out of some pretty sour lemons.


I really like the A2G of Denver Zim.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4544
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Nicely done Steve...



USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1249
Country: United States

misster wrote:
USM IS wrote:
So real looking for being so small. Craftsmanship! The B-29 has a 13' wingspan, weighs 65# and has electric brakes, powered by four OS 91 engines. The Mustang has a seven foot wingspan! I caught some prop discs and even got a lightning bolt on the T-6, first for me on a little guy. Hope you enjoy the little guy's. The "war used" look on the Mustang and Mitchell are damn fine to me.

Mike

Very good work - I'm impressed !


Thank you very much misster.

Mike



nickjohnson
Registered: Sep 15, 2009
Total Posts: 774
Country: United Kingdom

I got one other nice shot @Yeovilton. This is it.



I'm going to the Scottish National Air Show @East Fortune on Saturday. The line up looks better than last year and the weather is likely to be better. Oh, did I say that? Well I know from last year that I might be shooting into a lot of things but the sun won't be one of them. So hopefully no repeat of the Yeovilton bleach out. Websee.



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