Planning for Variety
Here are three images from a 2016 air-to-air photo shoot to illustrate something you should be doing, or expecting of your photographer, during such a mission: plan and shoot for variety.
As sunset arrives, the vault of the sky contributes both colorful backgrounds and, as a light source, rich, soft, illumination. The mission begins when the sun is still strong and direct, then ends when only the remnants of the sun's glow fill the sky.
Exactly 40 minutes elapsed from first frame to last, and we chose nearly 80 good images from that short time in the air. I'd call that pretty good shooting!
So, there you have it — plan carefully, shoot for variety, and you can realize great value.
Thanks go out to John Cauthen and Officer Michael Traficano from the Mesa, Arizona, police department, and to Rick Cobbold of FlightTrails, also of Mesa, for providing the aircraft and the support.
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