Monday, May 24, 2010

More Warbirds

British Supermarine Mk.Vc Spitfire
Image: 5D Mk II, 300mm at f10, 1/400 sec

Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk
Image: 5D Mk II, 300mm at f10, 1 /800 sec

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Image: 5D Mk II, 300mm at f10, 1 /1000 sec

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"One of the world's rarest collections of flight-ready World War II warbirds" is located at Paine Field in Everette, Wa. Paul Allens famous The Heritage Flight Collection. Every other weekend in the summer he has free fly days with the Historic Flight Foundation now getting involved. Better conditions and my second venture in to this type of shooting led to much better images, still working on getting that shutter speed down to 1/250 of a sec, pretty hard panning airplanes with that slow a shutter speed, hopefully next time I'll nail one. Check out their calendars and get up to Paine field if you can, they let you right out next to the taxi way.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

War Birds

Tallahassee Lassie, wheels down
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Grumpy and Impatient Virgin fly over Paine Field
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Shooting classic war birds is a challenging type of photography, the key is to get as much blur in the props as you can to give the image a feel of movement, the problem is, you have to shoot under 1/500 of a sec while panning an aircraft moving at 200+ mph and that is not easy, as I found out. The lower image was at 1/500 of a sec and in difficult light, metering is also a bit tricky, I usually get by with spot metering, but on these small aircraft its easy to miss. More aircraft here. Grumpy and Impatient Virgin's home, can be found at Historic Flight at Kilo-6.
We shot this event for Historic Flight here are the images
Grumpy B-25 Mitchell
Tallahassee Lassie P-47 Thunderbolt
Impatient Virgin P-51 Mustang

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Sunday, May 9, 2010


Image 5Dmk II, 70-200 f4 IS L, 1/200 sec at f11, iso 400.

Silhouettes are an interesting subject, here it creates an abstract of these people conversing during a nice sunset in Gasworks Park. Simple composition, yet tells a story.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Old Images

Image: Seattle, 5D Mk II, 70-200 f4 IS L, 200mm @ f11, 5 sec.

The weather has pretty well sucked the last few weeks, so I have not been out shooting much and some times it pays to stay home on those rainy days and go back over old image files, this one I took in Feb 2009 and didn't do anything with it, however I decided to process it this time and turns out it makes a great print, some times you can go back and re process old images with new software and it can make quite a difference, maybe you have learned some new tricks or got some new software, try it, it may pay off.

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