Preparing for Airshow Season Heli-Expo Recap Meet New ISAP members and much more!
WELCOME TO THE 2022 APRIL ISSUE OF AIRSPEED! A Day at The 2022 Heritage Flight Training Course Jeff Krueger Sea Ghost Bob Driver
FRONT COVER PHOTO: Monochrome images of Lockheed Martin’s Sea Ghost. Photo by Bob Driver Camera: Nikon D800 Lens: Nikon 14 - 24mm f/2.8 ISO 100 Shutter speed: 6 sec Exposure: f/16 Processed in Adobe Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex Pro
La Ferte Alais Dragos Munteanu
BACK COVER: Kaman K-MAX K-1200. Photo by Kevin Hong Camera: Canon 7D Mark II Lens: 24 - 105mm f/4 IS USM ISO 125 Shutter speed: 1/80 Exposure: f/4.5 Processed in Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW
El Centro Calling Jeff Krueger
How I Got The Shot: Photographing The General John Slemp W-3A Sokol Nico Limbioul Member’s Showcase Craig Swancy Larry Grace
Heli-Expo 2022 Kevin Hong Meet Our Members Dwayne Kear John Miller Airplane Silhouettes John Ford
NEW AND RETURNING ISAP MEMBERS Matty Booty
Jan-Arie Van der Linden
John L Little II
The goal of International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) is to bring together our members who share a love of aviation, and want to preserve its history through their images. Through our organization, members can seek to enhance their artistic quality, advance technical knowledge, and improve safety for all areas of aviation photography while fostering professionalism, high ethical standards, and camaraderie. ISAP continues to help our members to better their photography skills, workflow, and set up resources to help with business questions that our members have. Updates are being made to the ISAP website and member portfolio section, and we are showcasing ISAP members’ images and accomplishments on our social media pages. The new Airspeed magazine will highlight ISAP members and their photography, experiences, and their passion for aviation from around the world. From military and commercial aviation, you’ll be able to see it all while learning about aviation photography, post processing tips in Lightroom and Photoshop, aviation history, air show reports, aviation museums, and more. We look forward to sharing our members’ images and articles with everyone. Enjoy this issue of Airspeed! Sincerely, Larry Grace, ISAP President Kevin Hong, Airspeed Editor International Society for Aviation Photography www.aviationphoto.org • www.facebook.com/ISAPorg Airspeed is a periodic publication of the International Society for Aviation Photography and is used to communicate news, functions, convention information, and other information of interest on the local, regional, and national scenes. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and should not be construed as the views or opinions of the International Society for Aviation Photography.
A Day at the 2022 Heritage Flight Training Course Article and photos by Jeff Krueger
I was able to spend a couple of hours at the 2022 Heritage Flight Training Course (HFTC) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The sky was clear blue, however there was a high wind warning. Only one of the ten P-51’s in attendance was able to get off a practice run with the USAF A-10 demo team before the wind picked up to a good 20 mph sustained and plenty of 30 mph gusts which got to the point of the wind pushing me and my 100 - 500mm lens around as I was trying to shoot. It was indeed a challenge. While I was there, the USAF F-22 and F-35 teams did fly so we were treated to some great practice runs by them. With that, my targets of opportunity became ground related. It was actually fun to watch the ground activity and record some of the support personnel doing their jobs. Several of the P-51 pilots and USAF demo pilots made themselves available for interviews by the present media. This was set up by the Davis-Monthan AFB Public Affairs team who did a great job of escorting us and giving as much leeway as possible since the ramp was not open this year due to COVID protocols in place.
While it was a bit disappointing having the P-51’s grounded and not being able to photograph more of the training flights, it was still great to be out there. Several ISAP members were present whose names I had heard but never met. It was a nice opportunity to get to know them. All said, it was a good day being able to photograph activities from a different perspective than I had planned. As we all know, you need to expect the unexpected and change course as needed. Interestingly, during the down time, due to the wind and direction, DM OK’d commercial flights to do their landing approaches within the TFR air space, and we had a number of flights fly over on their way to Tucson International Airport. I was caught off guard as a Southwest jet flew by closely overhead. From what I have heard, the course was a complete success. Thanks go out to the Davis-Monthan PAO and her team of professionals. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting back for 2023.
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Nikon D800, 14 - 24mm f/2.8 @22mm, ISO 100, Shutter speed 6 sec, F-stop f/16
Article and photos by Bob Driver Sea Ghost (Full Scale Mockup) Monochrome images of Lockheed Martin’s entry for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier - Launched Airborne Surveillance, or UCLASS competition, ultimately won by Boeing. I was fortunate to be tasked as the still shooter for a focused video shoot which was being directed and filmed by Eric Schulzinger. The original color images were converted to monochrome to enhance the mystique of the “Sea Ghost”. Processed in Adobe Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex Pro.
Nikon D800, 80 - 400mm f/4.5-5.6 @230mm, ISO 100, Shutter speed 4 sec, F-stop f/16
Nikon D800, 70 - 200mm f/2.8 @140mm, ISO 100, Shutter speed 6 sec, F-stop f/13
Nikon D800, 80 - 400mm f/4.5-5.6 @175mm, ISO 100, Shutter speed 2.5 sec, F-stop f/10
Nikon D800, 80 - 400mm f/4.5-5.6 @220mm, ISO 100, Shutter speed 1.6 sec, F-stop f/10
La Ferte Alais Where history and aviation are one Article and photos by Dragos Munteanu
Clearly 2021 was much better than 2020 in what concerns airshows in Europe. We were not back to full strength as in the US but at least we had some events. France was one of the countries where even a large number of events were organized, and some regular yearly ones came back at full strength.
The event is recognized as the main warbird themed event in continental Europe. The morning is reserved to the visit of the static parc where most of the aircraft can be viewed. On top of the warbirds there were some modern types flying in the show – mostly representing the French Armee de l’Air et de l’Espace.
A very well-known event is the La Ferte Alais airshow. In former normal times it was always organized on the Pentecost weekend. Due to Covid and the even evolving situation, this year in was organized in late August (28, 29 August). Entry was allowed for Covid pass holders or with a negative test but that was not a problem for the aviation fans. The airshow theme was “Le Temps des Helices (The Times of the Propellers)” and is organized on the Cerny Airdrome, south of Paris. The organization behind the event is the Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis association – their goal is the preservation of historic aircraft and maintain them in flying condition. The association ensures famous aircraft types that were representative for the French aviation or have flown under French colors are participating in the yearly show.
The flying display begins around noon and it lasts for six hours each day. The flying display is following a chronology of the aviation history beginning with famous types from World War I. In the airshow you can see types of aircraft like Morane Saulnier, Bleriot, Fokker, Sopwith, Bristol Fighter or Caudron. Moving closer towards World War II, the flying demos would bring aircraft like the Polikarpov PO-2, the DC-3 Dakota, Ju-52, Spitfire and Fieseler Storch. Every year a re-enactment of the Pacific theater is staged – called Tora Tora Tora – this is similar to a large number of North American T-6s launched, including one modified to look as a Zero which demonstrates a large air battle and attack, with a Curtiss P-40 engaging to defend Hawaii presumably. The demo also included a Catalina and two Chance Vought Corsairs.
In between the “historic” program there were demos of the French Air Force demo teams – the Patrouille de France, Rafale solo display and the Airbus A400 tactical display. The latest historic “period” was “Good Morning Vietnam” with a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, a few T-28s Trojans and an OV-10 Bronco. The end of the show saw the French Navy (Marine Nationale) bringing an Alouette III helicopter, a Falcon 50 and a Breguet Atlantique 2 submarine hunter. La Ferte Alais is a must go airshow when in France or living nearby – it has some unique historical performers.
El Centro Calling Article and photos by Jeff Krueger
My phone rings on Saturday afternoon after a fairly busy week. The name is in my address book so I answer. It’s a good friend and fellow ISAP member and the conversation goes something like.” So, what are you doing the next couple days? Well, I say, no real plans other than a brunch tomorrow, why? The response, “Wanna go shoot the Blues and T-Birds at El Centro for a day?” And we’re off…How do you say no to that? I scrambled to make some hotel reservations as I’m not a fan of sleeping in the car any longer. Those days are long gone! The next day, I get home from brunch with friends at 1230 and by 1300 we are on the road from Tucson to El Centro. Luckily, my wife said to take her Buick Enclave which was significantly more comfortable than my Jeep Wrangler! Five hours later, we pull into El Centro and get ready for a day of shooting. Surprisingly, I didn’t forget anything critical. Monday morning at 0730 we were outside the fence at NAFEC at the end of the runway. There was only a small number of photographers so we parked and waited for the activity to begin. While waiting, we chatted with folks around us and we found another ISAP member already there and set up. Before long, the Blue Angels fired up for their first practice of the day, and although they did not practice over the field, we did get some great take-off shots and they made several passes over the field. Once they recovered, the Thunderbirds took to the air and mirrored the Blues with a couple runs over the field then off to practice.
Interestingly enough, a few days before we went, there was a post on the NAFEC Facebook page indicating that the FAA will be tightening up the area around the base, basically the airshow box. While we were there, the NAFEC Police did stop by and suggest we move outside the “Box” for our safety. All was done professionally by the NAFEC personnel. This might have been the last opportunity to shoot from the end of the runway. We spent the day, hung out for the second run from both teams and by 1600 hours we started heading East for home in time to get ready for some fun at the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan AFB a few days later. A couple long days, but well worth it. The aftermath. With all the dust and climbing in and on my wife’s SUV (the less she knows, the better), I did have to have it not only washed, but I spent a couple hours detailing the interior, but it was worth it!
There hasn’t been too many airshows in the last couple of years so when an opportunity to go to El Centro and see the Blue Angels practice I couldn’t refuse. One of the reasons for being excited for going is to try out my new camera the Nikon Z9 and the Nikon 100 - 400mm f4.5-5.6 S lens to go with it. Most of the pictures were shot in auto ISO F5-6.3 and at 1/6000 using 3D for tracking. The pictures were processed in Lightroom and in Topaz. There were quite a number of photographers there and I met a wonderful group of great people and learned a lot from them. I had the special privilege to go on base for a media opportunity as the Air Force Thunderbirds flew in to work with their counterpart US Navy Blue Angels. It was great to see how the pilots and crews interacted and be able to photograph the occasion. It was a fabulous couple of days and I got more in focus shots with the tracking on the Z9 than any other camera that I’ve used in the past. There are issues I had to deal with but I’m sure it’s because the learning curve is large and it will get better with practice.
HOW I GOT THE SHOT
PHOTOGRAPHING THE GENERAL
Article and photos by John Slemp
An aviation event known as Warbirds Over Atlanta occurred here in the fall of 2017. Along with a wide variety of World War Two aircraft, there were several WWII veterans in attendance, and I set my sights on photographing as many as I could. Among them were six original Tuskegee Airmen. Due to an overly zealous handler, I wasn’t able to photograph all of the men individually, but was able to nonetheless get a few to sit briefly for a quick portrait. When I say quick, I mean “less than 3 minutes” quick. Several friends were kind enough to alert me to their upcoming presence, and I arranged with Epps Aviation (one of my clients) to use their hangar as an impromptu studio. It is a commonly held misconception that an utterly dark studio is necessary to control light in a studio environment. Rather, it should be understood that one needs to control your lighting setup, so that it overpowers the available light in whatever room you are in. It’s a matter of understanding lighting ratios, and how it affects the overall result.
For instance, if the light in the room measures four to five stops dimmer than your main exposure, then it will have minimal (if any) affect on your lighting. It’s just not bright enough to influence the exposure, whether it be strobe or continuous lighting. The strobes were set up in a quiet corner of the hangar, and I did a few test shots, tethered to a laptop via cable. Using a medium-format camera and Capture One software, the image comes into C1 in about three seconds, and can be evaluated for exposure, composition, sharpness, expression, wardrobe, etc. If all is in order, one is ready to concentrate on “getting the shot.” Since these gents had several appearances to make that day, I made sure I was quick, even telling Lt. Col. Harry Brown that it could be done in less than 3 minutes, which convinced him to sit for me. In actuality, it was done in 2 minutes and 42 seconds. This contact sheet shows four of the eleven images that were captured, with the lower right image being my favorite.
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When he sat down, his glasses just seemed to dominate his face, so after a few full-face shots, I decided to get closer, which resulted in the above image. I showed it to him on the back of the camera, and he excitedly said “That’s so cool!,” which made my day.
General McGee was photographed last summer during AirVenture in Oshkosh, wearing his Tuskegee Airmen hat, with the star of a brigadier general. He was very cordial and animated during our brief visit.
This is one of 11 images captured in 2017 in Atlanta, and all were captured in 57 seconds, using the same lighting as in the diagram.
W-3A SOKOL Article and photos by Nico Limbioul
This was a quiet and sunny Monday of September at Liège Airport. The program for the whole day was supposed to be light with only one passenger flight. (We are only a regional airport for people) despite the fact that heavy Cargo land and take off more than fifty times a day… Liège airport is mainly dedicated to cargo aircraft. But as often on such a platform, things become totally different in a couple of minutes. We (The marshaler and I) were waiting, along the taxiway, for a possible low pass of an AH-64 Apache from Klu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht - Netherlands Air Force) but far on the runway axis, the color scheme we expected was totally different. Instead of having the classical olive drab, we saw red and white…maybe is it the new Airbus H145 / F-HBRA from the CMH (Centre Medical Héliporté) but the noise seems different and then finally we recognized it… The W-3A Sokol from Czech Air Force. This helicopter is part of the 243rd Helicopter Squadron - 24th Transport Air Force Base Praha-Kbely. What a nice and pretty rare visitor! The helicopter made a perfect approach on runway 22L which allowed all the staff to have a good look at it and after a long taxi to park in front of our office.
This is the first time I saw one of them in Liège but the second time in two weeks. The same crew (as we will learn a few minutes later) was recently in our country for the well known Sanicole airshow! They made a fantastic display and impressed the crowd! We’re here for a fuel stop, on our way from Praha-Kbely to our final destination Koksijde AB (base of the new Belgian NH-90NFH from 40th Squadron), said Captain Petr Safarik. Tomorrow will start the Galileo International SAR Meet 2021 and Czech Air Force will be present with this W-3A Sokol. Liège Airport is well known for his strategical position in the middle of western Europe and it allows us to see many and many different types of aircraft and helicopters transiting from all over the world! Today was a really good and surprising day. We enjoyed the W-3A visits and we will again be happy to see them on the next Friday for the flight back to the Czech Republic. Many thanks to Captain Safarik and his wonderful crew for making this report possible.
If you have never been to the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo, it is a convention like no other. There were many companies showcasing their newest models and latest offerings to thousands of aviation professionals from around the world. Heli-Expo 2022 was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. The Expo attracted some manufacturers to showcase some innovative technology not just for helicopters but also with UAVs and virtual reality concepts on exhibit giving us a glimpse into the future. After a year off due to the Covid pandemic, most conventions and events were canceled including Heli-Expo 2021. This year there were 13,083 attendees which was 90% of the people in 2020 and 72 countries participating at this convention. Although people from countries around the world were not able to attend, many people were fortunate to be back and interact with customers and friends. Before Heli-Expo began the helicopters started arriving to be placed on static display. For two days helicopters transitioned from nearby Dallas Executive Airport. It’s a meticulous operation since helicopters would be arriving throughout the day until sunset. Some of the small helicopters were shipped on large flatbed 18-wheeler trucks while big helicopters landed on the helipad. Upon arrival the larger helicopters were moved off to the side so that the large cranes could remove some of the rotor blades to fit through the convention hall doors. The rotor blades were then reassembled inside the hall after they were positioned in their right exhibit area space. Timing was critical due to the instability of the weather since rain, sleet, snow, and high winds were possible for both days.
Article and photos by Kevin Hong
The first helicopter to arrive was an Airbus H225 Super Puma carrying some important VIPs. This year would be the first time to ever do a first flight ceremony event next to the helicopter. Stepping out of the helicopter and giving some opening remarks to kick-off the convention was HAI president and CEO James Viola, Airbus Helicopters North American head Romain Trapp, Visit Dallas president and CEO Craig Davis, and Rod Tinney, founder, president, and CEO of Air Center Helicopters.
After the opening remarks, helicopters began to arrive ranging in size from the small Guimbal Cabri G2 to the largest Sikorsky S-92 from Milestone Aviation. Throughout the day I would watch the maintenance crew detach the rotor blades very carefully to make sure the airframe and the blades were not damaged. Watching the crews work with the helicopters reminded me of pit crews at a NASCAR race as they were being towed to different areas of the convention center. The last helicopter to arrive was an Airbus H-175 from Mexico. In total there were around 40 helicopters on exhibit.
During the convention there were educational courses, presentations, and certification renewals offered by HAI and companies. Discussions about the safety and regulations to operate helicopters around the world were also very informative. Even though the exhibit hall is where most of the action was happening to sell their products, Keynote speaker, Ross Perot Jr., and other pilots in the helicopter industry were on hand to share their knowledge and experiences. Press conferences were held daily by helicopter companies in the newsroom to give updates and take questions from the media.
HAI president James Viola, Ross Perot Jr, and HAI staff members cut the ribbon to officially open the exhibit hall and kick-off Heli-Expo 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
When the doors opened to the hall you could almost hear Gene Wilder singing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory movie. The helicopters were all on exhibit like a very expensive car show. With external power running the helicopters, people could look at the luxurious features or check out the sharp LCD displays in the cockpit. Helicopters would later be available to do flight demos on the Vertiport on the roof of the convention center. Much like a car show, if you want to go for a test drive, you can take a flight and see if you like it.
Each day there was a signing ceremony between the helicopter manufacturers and customers to take ownership of their new helicopters. Leonardo, Airbus, Bell Helicopter, and Sikorsky had customers from law enforcement agencies, fire fighting companies, hospitals, and private owners. Every manufacturer acknowledged their customers and the some of the roles their helicopter would play in the future of the helicopter industry. With a champagne toast, the deals were signed and keys were handed over to their new owners.
As I walked the floor of the exhibit hall there was some innovative technology catching peope’s attention. Kaman showcased their Kargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) mockup that can be self-deployed beyond 500 nautical miles and carries up to 800 pounds of payload. It is easy to transport and can fit in a standard 20-foot cargo container. The UAV is powered by a 300HP engine and has four rotor blades and was on display next to their unique designed K-MAX helicopter with intermeshing rotors.
Other UAV companies like Commaris offered a more economical alternative rather than using a helicopter. It’s a VTOL UAV called The Seeker. I spoke with Jason Daub, manager of flight operations for Commaris and informed me the UAV could fly in winds up to 35 mph. The versatility of the UAV could be used to inspect oil/gas pipelines, surveying and mapping, and fly in the air for hours for security and surveillance while using a 30x optical zoom EO/IR camera mounted under the UAV. The maximum altitude is 16,000 feet and can be assembled in 3 minutes. For more information about this unique UAV visit www.commaris.com.
Virtual reality (VR) technology was very prevalent throughout the convention. From learning to hoist up people during a search and rescue to bouncing around in an actual small sim that could fit in the compass of your own living room there was something for everyone’s checkbook. One of the most interesting concepts using VR was the XTAL 3 mixed-reality headset built by VRgineers. It was a reconfigurable portable trainer developed in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps that could be deployed anywhere in the world and fits right in a large transit case. Marek Polcák, CEO of VRgineers demonstrated how pilots can see a 180° field of view. With the headset and controls in my hand I was able to fly a training mission with ease. After flying for a few minutes Polcák then showed me how he could exchange the controls from fighter plane to helicopter while breaking it down to all fit into a case. The computer system can also link pilots so they could learn how to fly together in formation.
Heli-Expo 2022 ended with some of the smaller helicopters flying out for the evening and the larger ones leaving the following day. While there were not any large unveiling of new helicopter by any manufacturers this year, I hope the great attendance was a sign that next year’s Heli-Expo will be bigger and better in Atlanta for Heli-Expo 2023.
MEMBER’S SHOWCASE Article and photo by Craig Swancy
“The Memphis Belle.” Both historic and legendary, this restored Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress aircraft demands your attention. One of only a few B-17’s that looks as if it just rolled off the assembly line at Boeing. Somewhat in awe I managed to capture a couple of shots that represents the quality of work that was done to the Belle. Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: Nikon 24 - 70mm f/2.8 ISO 200 Shutter speed: 1.6 seconds Exposure: f/16 Processed in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
MEMBER’S SHOWCASE Article and photo by ISAP President / Larry Grace
A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 354th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” live fire of the GAU-18 Avenger gun over the Barry M. Goldwater Range (BMGR) AZ. If you look closely you will can see one of the rounds just ahead of the gun. Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: Sigma 60 - 600mm f/6.3 ISO 800 Shutter speed: 1/1000 Exposure: f/16 Processed in Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW and Photoshop 2022
MEMBER’S SHOWCASE Article and photo by Scott Slingsby
Black and White Cessna in hangar. From the 2016 archives, a seemingly forgotten elderly Cessna 172 awaits its fate at the remote Choteau, Montana airport. Camera: Nikon D300 Lens: Nikon 24 - 120mm f/4 ISO 200 Shutter speed: 1/800 Exposure: f/8 Processed in Adobe Photoshop 2022
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DWAYNE KEAR My name is Dwayne Kear. I live near Norman, Oklahoma. I’m told my fascination with planes began at about 10 months old when my parents noticed I started looking for planes I was hearing, and pointing at them. This was pretty much a daily occurrence growing up, as we lived in the flight path of a nearby air force base. To this day, I still look to the sky and admire any aircraft flying by. Cameras intrigued me early on as well. I received my first camera as a high school graduation present. I’ve not had formal training in photography, but instead learned through lots of practice and research online. I began shooting landscapes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado during family vacations with a Nikon D5100. Living in the heart of
tornado alley, and having a passion for weather, I soon transitioned from shooting calm peaceful landscapes, to setting out on white-knuckled adventures across the plains chasing severe weather. Around 2015 I purchased a Nikkor 28-300mm lens and started concentrating on wildlife and aviation. Today I’m shooting the Nikon D850 matched with the Nikkor 200-500mm lens. I use this combination 95% of the time. I only shoot RAW. Doesn’t everyone? Lightroom is my choice for processing, though I’m eager to learn the ways of Photoshop. I joined ISAP to continue learning, meet fellow photographers who are obsessed with outdoor photography as much as me; and hopefully help others along the way. I’m always eager to help, and teach new photographers as much as possible. My advice for new aviation photographers is to learn and know your camera like the back of your hand. Be able to quickly and efficiently make necessary adjustments on the fly.
Dwayne Kear TUBE FULL OF BOXES: A Prime Air plane departs Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during the gloaming in June 2020. (Sony RX-10IV/220mm/ 1/500 f/4)
JOHN MILLER I am based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am an advanced amateur, I have been using a camera for around 50 years. My photographic interests are Aviation. Landscape, Nature and Motorsports. I have had no formal training in photography other than decades of experience I have always had a passion for aircraft since a young age, and this sparked my desire to capture them first on film, now digital. Military both Warbirds and modern is my passion. While we have a pretty good warbird selection here our military aircraft are not plentiful or hugely interesting. We have bi-annual shows here, one being Classic Fighters held at Omaka airfield in Marlborough, hosting many World War I flying replicas. The other is Warbirds over Wanaka hosting a wide variety of aircraft both civil and military, along with World War II era aircraft. In 2018, I attended the EAA AirVenture and was spoiled, believe me a week was not long enough to see everything. My camera equipment is Canon. My preferred combination is a 5D Mk III and a 300mm f/4 and 1.4 converter. My camera for static shots is a 760D with either a 24 - 105mm f/4 or a 35mm f/2. I have concluded these combinations work best through much experimentation.
I prefer shooting in RAW since this gives me essentially a digital negative, along with a greater tonal range to work with while keeping my original image intact. Lightroom is my go-to for editing images including HDR, as I can do it on the go if required and it is so easy to use. I use Photoshop sometimes for some adjustments. I joined ISAP this month after reading one of Scott Kelby’s books. I went online and rest they say is history. I was impressed by the website and quality of the images I viewed. I am not a member of any other association or group. I believe in helping others with photography so to give away your knowledge is to keep it, and therefore grow your own photography. I have been asked does it bother you if I get better than you. My reply is well I will just have to work harder. The best tip I can give someone new to aviation photography is learn to lead your subject and follow through.
Church of the Good Shepard Lake Tekapo. Canon 5D Mk III 24-105mm.
A tourist attraction at Burkes Pass. Done in HDR due to being a very bright day with flat light. Canon 7D 18 -135mm lens.
John Miller Fokker Triplane replicas at Omaka Airfield Canon 7D 70 - 200mm lens.
John Miller White Heron in mating plumage. Canon 5D Mk III Sigma 150 - 600mm lens.
Harvards as they are known here (T-6s in the USA) taking off at Omaka Airfield Canon 5D Mk III 100 - 400mm.
An Iconic landmark and stop for Crayfish. This is taken before The Kaikoura earthquake which changed the landscape forever. Done as HDR and off camera flash. Canon 7D 18 - 135mm lens.
RYAN SPRINGER My name is Ryan Springer from Broomfield, Colorado. I have been a semi-professional photographer for the last twenty years, but I have had a camera in hand at one point or another for the last thirty years. I am a self-taught photographer. Growing up as the son of an Air Force meteorologist I have always kept my eyes to the sky. I have always found an interest in the heritage aircraft, and I have a soft spot for photographing the World War II aircraft. When I find the opportunity to attend an air show or fly-in I turn to my Canon 5D Mk IV as my go to primary camera body with a Canon 5D Mk III as my back up body. I typically will have a Sigma 150 - 500mm on my primary body for the far away aerial shots. Sometimes I will add a 1.4x extender on to close the distance a little more. On my backup body I will typically have a Canon L-series 24 - 105 mm lens to cover the static displays. When I must submit work quickly to my clients I will typically shoot in JPEG, but I find myself shooting probably 80% in RAW format. I like RAW better for the fact that JPEG compression lossy or lossless allows too much of the data to be lost. I prefer to keep as much of the data out of the camera and let my artistic freedom as much to work with as possible. When I come home from a fly-in or airshow I will load up my photos into camera raw to do the initial adjustments and then I will move them into Photoshop to finish out the edits and clean up. I find Photoshop easier for me to use, since I have been using Adobe Photoshop since version 2 in college. I decided to join ISAP in December 2021 when I heard Scott Kelby mention it in one of his “The Grid” podcasts. I am looking forward to the networking opportunities ISAP might be able to offer. I am also a member of ASMP. Lately I have had quite a few opportunities to help budding photographers pick up a camera and be successful. If I had to give some advice to a budding photographer, it would be to know your camera inside and out. You can buy the most expensive camera on the market, but it will not do you a lick of good, if you do not know how to properly use it. A second piece of advice would be to get out there and have fun. You cannot learn to be a better photographer if you do not get out there, practice and occasionally make mistakes. If you learn from your mistakes, you will grow and be that much better next time.
SCOTT LEWALLEN My name is Scott D. Lewallen, I’m located in Lone Oak, Texas. My photography skill set would put me at an advanced amateur. I got into photography as a stress reliever during my time in the United States Marine Corps. I am self-taught myself on how to take photographs with my Nikon D3000 and will be upgrading to the Nikon D5600 this year. I used two lenses with the Nikon D3000 camera the 70 - 300mm for most of my ground to air shots and the other lens I use is the 55 200mm. I have only recently started to understand how to use the camera better, and I shot in RAW form. For photo editing I currently use is Fotor.com it is simplest editing system.
I have joined ISAP to learn more about aviation photography and to share the passion I have with others. One thing I have learned in aviation photography is have fun, some of those shots may not be perfect or award winning but are you having fun and enjoying what you are doing. This would sum up aviation photography for me having fun seeing aircraft peform in different areas and the experience of history being flown.
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POWAY, CA, MARCH 30, 2021 – Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their top-selling line of memory cards: BLACK CFexpress™ Type B memory cards. Specially designed to meet the ever-growing demands of today’s broadcast, cinema and photography industries, Delkin’s BLACK CFexpress™ cards leverage today’s latest technology in order to provide the fastest speeds on the market. Other competing CFexpress™ Type B cards may state a maximum write speed, but BLACK takes things further with sustained sequential write speeds of at least 1400 MB/s (higher depending on capacity). This sustained speed versus potential write speeds is what guarantees flawless cinema-quality video capture, including DCI 8K RAW 12-Bit @ 30fps (2600 Mbps) in the Canon R5. This is especially valuable during events like weddings, sport meets, concerts and other situations you cannot redo. The cards are also capable of offloading data at speeds reaching up to 1730 MB/s, ensuring the quickest, most efficient data transfer from card to computer for immediate file access and sooner post-production.
Delkin BLACK CFexpress™ Type B Minimum Sustained Sequential Write Speeds Maximum Write Speed (Other Cards)
500 MB/s Minimum Write Speed (Other Cards)
“With more camera manufacturers deciding to integrate support for CFexpress™ Type B memory cards into their new camera models, we Maximum Write Speed – Defined as the Maximum felt the need to provide camera owners with a card that they could trust Capable Write Speed – Potential Peaks & Valleys to protect and preserve their precious memories” says Jenn Sherry, Sustained Sequential Write Speed – Defined as Delkin's Retail Sales & Marketing Manager, “As cameras continue to the Continuous Write Speed – No Peaks & Valleys advance and new data-heavy modes are introduced, it has become even more important for storage mediums to be able to keep up. We believe that BLACK CFexpress™ is the solution for complete video capture, just as the creator envisioned.” Each BLACK CFexpress™ Type B memory card has undergone extensive testing to ensure full functionality and performance in today’s high-end cinematic hosts, including ones from Canon® (C300 Mark III, C500 Mark II, 1D X Mark III & R5) and Nikon® (D6, Z6 II & Z7 II). Select hosts originally designed with native support for XQD cards can also accept CFexpress™ Type B cards via firmware upgrade. In addition to their “Lifetime Warranty” policy, Delkin continues to offer a unique built-in insurance policy for their BLACK memory cards, known as the “48 Hour Replacement Guarantee”. Delkin will replace any non-working BLACK card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends - in the US and UK), prior to receiving the non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin BLACK reseller. Additional information on Delkin BLACK can be found here: www.delkindevices.com/delkin-black/. ABOUT DELKIN DEVICES, INC. Delkin Devices’ consumer group manufactures storage devices and digital accessories for the photography market. Delkin has been in business since 1986 and has offices in both the US and UK. If you would like more information regarding this product or any other Delkin product, please contact Jenn Sherry at email@example.com.
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