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  1. AIRIC

    AIRIC TPF Noob!

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    When you plan a photoflight, a month in advance, in February, in Ontario, chances are its not going to happen. Sub zero temperatures, snow, high winds and a hundred other problems get in the way but for the first time ever I had a flawless shoot. The temperatures were above freezing, brilliant sun and all the aircraft and pilots were serviceable. The only problem was a bolt in the window that took a half hour to remove so we could open it in flight.

    These were taken out of a Cessna 172 and the aircraft are the first Czech built EuroStars, Canadian SportStars in Canada. All the pilots I had never flown with before, something I don’t like to do on a shoot, but they were excellent in formation. Aviation photography has to be one of the most frustrating types of photography as I am only along for the ride and can only shoot what the pilots present to me. Noise, radio communication and hand signals only go so far but it is the pilots putting the aircraft in the right position at the right time that make it work. Today it worked as you can see by these images.

    Today I truly knew I was doing what I was meant to do and feel I have almost mastered my craft as an aviation photographer. This is what I live and breath for…well also my wife but on a different level if you know what I mean. ;)

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    My assistant for the shoot :)

    There are a few more images at http://www.airic.ca/html/edenvale_sportstar.html

    A few cold beers :cheers: and I'm done for Saturday February 5th, 2005.

    Cheers,

    Eric
     
  2. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And once again, you have me hating you! :lol:

    Absolutely awesome shots!
     
  3. AIRIC

    AIRIC TPF Noob!

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    Thanks Chase! I'm on such a high after this one. I will not land for another day or so.

    Eric
     
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    The title fits the pics Airic!!! Awesome job!!!
     
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    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Absolutely incredible shots!
    Great colors, very crisp and good composition but apart from that they're OK! :hail:
    Wish I'd been there just for the ride.
    BTW, I guess you were using your D70 but what lenses, aperture, F#'s etc?
     
  6. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wow! How did you get them so clear? Did you shoot thru the glass or an open window?
     
  7. AIRIC

    AIRIC TPF Noob!

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    Used the D-70 with a 28-105ED Nikkor lens. For the most part I shoot aperature priority between 125th and 350th/sec and use exposure compensation. With this paycheck I'm getting myself the Nikkor 24-120ED VR lens. The only thing I'm lacking is slower shutter speeds to get more prop arc that the professionals get. The lighting was perfect for it today but it is so easy to get blured pics if you drop the speed to much. Between the wind, vibration and just good old unsteadiness you have to be careful.

    Eric
     
  8. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    Amazing shots bro!

    Very happy for you!! looks like great fun!!
     
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    wow, i love them :hail:
     
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    df3photo TPF Noob!

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    Great stuff. Ive thought about doing photography from planes, but only of ground. shooting other planes in flight...thats great. way more exciting than shooting the ground...
     
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    Sure is awesome!!!

    Crisp work :thumbup:
     

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