Blurring For Focus

August 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
One of the opportunities I often take advantage of when photographing helicopters is to compose them against a background that not only gives context, but adds visual energy. Either by composing the elements in the scene, or by taking advantage of the mixture of low altitude and low shutter speeds, each not unusual when shooting helos, to blur the...
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Cover Photo? No, Maybe, Done.

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
In the world of aerospace marketing, air-to-air images are often the default for magazine covers. But what if the important story has no budget or time for an air-to-air shoot? What if you must shoot from the ground? It helps if the subject of the photograph is inherently dynamic, like a fast jet, but fast jets can be rendered dully and a wood-and...
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Going Wide

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Photographers have a plethora of tools they can bring to bear in creating images to support their clients. A photographer's skill at ideation and problem solving are critical, and sometimes the idea calls for, or the problem is solved with, the right lens. A lens that mimics the human field of view is called a "normal" lens, while one that capture...
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On The Line

June 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Some of my favorite photography is when I get to capture people working on the flight line. They are alternately serious and relaxed, focused on what they are doing yet also, sometimes, displaying the lighter side of their personality. Above, a volunteer at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., pulls the prop through on a B-25, preparing the engi...
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Inside Out

June 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When you're photographing from a helicopter, the standard approach is to exclude any element of the aircraft, to capture pixels only of the subject — the scene, the structure, the aircraft — that you are there to capture. Sometimes, though, take the non-standard approach and also show some of the aircraft you're in. Like this shot, above, from a...
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