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WELCOME TO THE JUNE 2016 ISSUE OF ISNAP! Hunting Raptors Mike Green ANZAC Day Celebration John Freedman TICO Airshow 2016 Photo Review Gary Stray Tyabb Airshow 2016 John Freedman Frisian Flag 2016 Mike Green Fast Jets and Snowy Peaks: Shooting the Swiss Air Force Sion Steve Zimmermann Air Commandos on the High Plains Airshow Kevin Hong Meet the Members Charlie Lai, David Takahashi, Francis Zera, Tomislav Haramincic, John Freedman Protect Your Work John Slemp More Than 1000 Words Kevin Hong How I Got The Shot Phil Makanna Mystery Plane Silhouettes John Ford 2016 Demo Schedules

FRONT COVER PHOTO: Scott Wolf McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 79-041 of the 173 FW Flagship celebrating OR ANG’s 75th Anniversary Camera: Nikon D7200 Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 Focal Length: 50mm Shutter Speed: 1/500 Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 160 Mode: Aperture Priority Format: RAW BACK COVER: Kevin Hong World War II warbird formation at Wings Over Houston Airshow 2015 with a P-51 Mustang and Spitfire from Texas Flying Legends and ME-262 of the Collings Foundation Camera: Canon 7D Mark II Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM Focal Length: 320mm Shutter Speed: 1/320 Aperture: f/8 ISO: 100 Mode: Shutter Priority Format: RAW Process: Photoshop CC ISAP’s goal 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. In this issue we are continuing to highlight ISAP members. I’m sure you will enjoy learning how your fellow ISAP members got started, as well as seeing some of their images and learning some tips. Remember that ISnAP is your publication to share your images, stories and tips with other members and the public. We look forward to each member sharing his or her stories with all of us. Enjoy this issue of ISnAP! Sincerely, Larry Grace, President Kevin Hong, ISnAP Editor International Society for Aviation Photography www.aviationphoto.org • www.facebook.com/ISAPorg isnap@aviationphoto.org


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HUNTING

RAPTORS

By Mike Green


Back on 11th April I was in the Netherlands photographing at exercise Frisian Flag, when rumours began to circulate that four F-22A Raptors had arrived at RAF Lakenheath, back home in the U.K. Later that evening it became clear that the rumours were in fact true, and not only that, another four Raptors were due to arrive the following day. Having had a successful couple of days in Holland, I bade farewell to my Dutch colleagues at Amsterdam Airport and headed back home. Once back in the U.K, further stories began to surface about the Raptor deployment, including the fact that a further four were due to arrive at the weekend, making a total 12 in all. On the Thursday morning there was only one thing for me to do on the back of this news; and that was to get in touch with my friends at RAF Lakenheath Public Affairs, to see what access I could get, whilst also touching base with their compatriots at nearby RAF Mildenhall to see if I could grab a tanker flight to get some air-to-air opportunities.

The following Monday afternoon, I was relaxing at home when the call from Mildenhall came through; “We got a tanker flight tomorrow morning if you want it? Showtime is scheduled for 10.30am, so you need to be at the gate by 7:30am.” As you can imagine, after much deliberation (not!), I confirmed I’d be there. Nothing was going to stop me hunting Raptors, especially air-to-air! Fortunately I always make a point of keeping my camera equipment at the ready. I clean my gear after every session, re-charge the batteries and make sure the CF cards are cleared and re-formatted, just in case that short-notice assignment comes in, as it just had. The following morning I made the 1.5 hour drive up to RAF Mildenhall. The journey to these sort of assignments are always filled with a little trepidation, will the mission scrub (wouldn’t be the first time!), will the tanker go ‘tech’, will the receivers have technical problems, or change their mission planning at the last moment? So much can go wrong, so it’s always a little nervy!


By 8:30am, having passed through the security checks at Mildenhall and completed the other pre-flight formalities, we’re out on the parking stand with ‘Quid 140’, a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing. Aircraft #63-7999 is one of the ‘newer’ Stratotanker’s in the Air Force inventory, being only some 40+ years of age and one which I have not flown in before, so another tick in the Flight Log, as well as a few more hours added. Following a slight delay to our planned departure time, everything has gone to plan, our receivers are ready to rock ‘n’ roll over at RAF Lakenheath and we are at the threshold of Runway 29. Prior to takeoff, I’ve ensured that the windows of the KC-135 are as clean as I can get them. They are notoriously grubby and I always carry a small spray bottle of window cleaner and some tissues to get the job done. The inside of each window is given a dose of spray and a quick polish, as is the Boomers window. The emergency exits are quickly taken out and the outside cleaned as well. This might all sound a bit over the top, but trust me, even after my quick spot of window cleaning you will still find scratches and the odd blob of mastic that can’t be got rid of. For any of you who have shot from a KC-135, you’ll know that it’s not as easy as one might think and the windows can play havoc with your images at the best of times, so the cleaner they are the better. With the pre-flight complete, we power out of RAF Mildenhall at around 10.45am local time and make a right turn out towards the North Sea, heading towards AARA-8. Air-to-Air Refuelling Area 8 is a dedicated piece of air space out over an area known as ‘The Wash’ and is regularly used by the Lakenheath-based F-15 Eagles and Strike Eagles when working with the tankers of the 100th ARW. Flight time to AARA-8 is relatively short, meaning that it’s no more than about 30-40 minutes before the first ‘chicks’ show up for fuel. Between take-off and the first aircraft arriving for gas, time is spent double checking that the cameras are set up correctly. Fortunately I’ve shot from tankers on many occasions and know the correct set-up; one of my two Canon 7D Mk.II bodies are combined with a Canon 17-40mm/F.4 L-series lens, the other with a Canon 24-105mm/F.4 L-series lens; camera set up consists of ISO 125, AI-focus and aperture priority (normally between F5.6-F8 depending on the light), shooting with auto-focus on. Those of you who shoot this type of air-to-air will know, there’s only one chance to get the ‘money shot’ and once the action commences it gets pretty frantic, constantly moving position from one window to another, in and out of the Boomers position, into the flight deck for some shots out the cockpit windows, swapping from one camera to another…The time flies by (no pun intended) and before you know it the aircraft have topped up their tanks and departed. Time to wait for the next flight… Bear in mind this is a normal mission for the Raptors, so aside a little posing when they have the time, there’s no asking them to give you a second chance to get the shot you want! Once in AARA-8 it’s just a case of waiting for the Boomer you tell you the first aircraft are moving in on our tanker. Knowing that the receivers normally position on the port side of the refueller aircraft before dropping down onto the boom, I spend the next few minutes peering out of the rear portside window, scouring the skies for the glimpse of a Raptor. ‘BANG’, there it is, a flash of silver as the sun catches the F-22 as it breaks through a patch of cloud and closes in on the KC-135. The adren-

alin starts to pump as the first two F-22s take up formation alongside our aircraft, the pilots transfixed on us as they close in. The flight-lead drops away and down onto the boom, his wingman maintaining position. Time to re-position myself alongside the Boomer so as to get some shots from there. Minutes later and the first Raptor breaks away, the second aircraft following the lead-ship onto the high-speed boom to get topped up. And so the process repeats itself until all the Raptors have taken on the required amount of jet-fuel. Following on from the Raptors we get some more action with a number of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath. I’ve shot these birds before, but they keep us busy for a while longer before its time to head home and I’m happy to take advantage of the opportunity once again. A couple of weeks later and I’m out hunting Raptors once more, this time on the ground. A call with the folks at RAF Lakenheath has seen me get a day on base to shoot the reptiles during operations. Once again the 1.5 hour drive is filled with anticipation and also a little trepidation, I know this will be my last chance to get up close and personal, as they are due to head back to the States very soon. The weather plays ball and the day is spent alongside the runway, taxiways and the ‘Last Chance’ Checkpoint. As with the air-to-air shoot, everything runs smoothly and the Raptor pilots give us some wonderful opportunities to catch them in action, a great supplement to the previous opportunities we’d had. The clock clicks around to 4pm and it is time to get off base, as we’ve only got clearance until then, and so I head off to catch a few more shots of the F-22s from of base as the last flights of the day return. If you would like to see some more images of the Raptors and more importantly read an in depth report about this 95th Fighter squadron deployment, you can find it at; http://www.jetwashaviationphotos.com/ Pages/USAFTSP2016.aspx In the meantime I’d like to thank the following for their assistance: SSgt Stephanie Longoria (48th FW), TSgt Eric Burkes (48th FW), MSgt Darrick Thompson (95th FS), SrA Victoria Taylor (100th ARW), SrA Justine Rho (100th ARW)


ANZAC Day Celebration By John Freedman

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets from RAAF Amberley fly over Brisbane city for ANZAC Day celebrations on the 25th April 2016. It has been 101 years since the day that formed the national spirit, the day troops from the Australia New Zealand Army Corps or ANZACs Stormed the beaches of Gallipoli in Turkey. ANZAC Day is the main Remembrance Day for our armed services, honouring servicemen from all wars since then.


TICO Airshow 2016 PHOTO REVIEW By Gary Stray


The Peninsula Aero Club of Tyabb Victoria held its ‘Winged Warriors’ airshow on the 13th March 2016. Tyabb is home to some of Australia’s rarest warbirds, and these featured in the show. Held every two years Tyabb draws aircraft from around Australia for the event. This year the Temora Aviation Museum sent both their Spitfires, as well as the Boomerang for the show. Local aircraft included Graham Hosking’s rare Ryan ST-A-SPL, as well as his F4U-5N Corsair in Honduran AF colours. The displays ranged from WW1 replicas of the Sopwith Pup and Snipe, through WW2, RAAF Trainers, up to L-39 Albatros and SIAI Marchetti S-211 Jet. Although the weather did not play its part, the aircraft and flying were great. You will have to wait another two years to see this show again, so mark your calendars!


Tyabb Airshow 2016

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Pup and Snipe: The RAAF Museum’s Sopwith Pup replica flies with Nick Caudwell Sopwith Snipe replica. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.13 @ 600mm.


Aero Pair 2: Paul Bennet and Glenn Graham performing synchronized aerobatics. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/400 f.9 @ 600mm.

Boomerang: The Temora Aviation Museum’s CAC-12 Boomerang, Australia’s only designed and built fighter aircraft from WW2. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.13 @ 600mm.


C-17: The largest aircraft to display was the RAAF C-17 Globemaster III from 36SQN Amberley. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/400 f.13 @ 400mm.

Corsair 6: Graham Hosking’s immaculate Vought-Chance F4U-5N Corsair proudly wears its Honduran AF heritage. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.13 @ 460mm.


Corsair 7: Peter Clements lifts the tail as he takes to the air in Graham Hosking’s F4U-5N Corsair VH-III. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/200 f.16 @ 150mm.

Corsair TBM 2: Paul Bennet in his TBM Avenger with Graham Hosking’s F4U-5N Corsair head towards the crowd in formation. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.14 @ 600mm.


CT4 1: Matt Denning takes off in his ex-RAAF CT-4 Airtrainer. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/160 f.10 @ 230mm.

Navy 429: The Royal Australian Navy sent along a Bell 429 helicopter N49-047. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/160 f.11 @ 220mm.


P40 3: The Curtiss P-40F Kittyhawk takes to the air; based at Tyabb, it is the only F model flying today. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/200 f.14 @ 165mm.

P40 4: Judy Pay’s Curtiss P-40F Kittyhawk does a photo pass. The RAAF operated 848 P-40s during WW2. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.18 @ 600mm.


Ryan STA: Graham Hosking’s Ryan ST-A-SPL takes to the air. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/160 f.8 @ 320mm.

SM Jet: Ex-Singaporean AF SIAI Marchetti S-211 trainer. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/500 f.11 @ 600mm.


Snipe: Clive Caudwell in his Sopwith Snipe replica, it is based at Tyabb. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/160 f.13 @ 250mm.

Sopwith Pup: The Sopwith Pup replica is owned by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook on the other side of Melbourne. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.14 @ 420mm.


Southern Knights: The Southern Knights are Australia’s only NAA Harvard demonstration team made up of private pilots. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/200 f.16 @ 320mm.

Spitfire Grey Nurse: The Temora Aviation Museum’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk-VIII ‘Grey Nurse’. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/200 f.13 @ 220mm.


Spitfires P40: The two Temora Aviation Museum Spitfires tail chase with Judy Pay’s Curtiss P-40F. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.14 @ 600mm.

TBM 1: Paul Bennet does a demonstration in his Grumman TBM-3 Avenger. Nikon D300S + Tamron 150-600mm 1/200 f.13 @ 600mm.


TBM 3: The Grumman TBM-3 rumbles down the runway before its display. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/160 f.18 @ 155mm.

Winjeels: Three ex-RAAF CAC Winjeels formate, Winjeel is Aboriginal for ‘Young Eagle’. Nikon D750 + Nikon 80-400mm 1/200 f.14 @ 330mm.


Frisian Flag 2016 by Mike Green


Between the 11th and 22nd April 2016, the annual exercise known as Frisian Flag took place at Leeuwarden Air Base, in the Netherlands. The exercise was first held in 1992 following joint allied air operations over the Balkans, but was not actually named Frisian Flag until 1999. The name ‘Frisian Flag’ was chosen as a reference to various similar exercises that all feature the word ‘Flag’ in their name, such as ‘Red Flag’ (U.S) and ‘Maple Flag’ (Canada). The name ‘Frisian Flag’ obviously containing a reference to the Province of Friesland, the home of Leeuwarden Air Base. Open to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Partnership for Peace (PfP) members, 2016 saw participating aircraft fly twice-daily missions during the exercise, which is designed to prepare participating nations air forces for conflicts where co-operation is key. It provides the opportunity for countries to hone their skills and cross-fertilise their experiences, with regular Composite Air Operations (COMAO) and Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) missions flown on a daily basis, operations that have already been put to good use in various conflicts such as Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. ‘Fightertown Leeuwarden’ Organised by 322 Tactical Training Evaluation and Standardization (TACTES) Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), missions were flown from Leeuwarden on a daily basis between 09.30am and 16.00pm, with up to 50 aircraft participating in each wave of aircraft. Scenarios varied from air interdiction mis-

sions preventing hostile forces entering designated areas, to attacking specified ground targets in conjunction with forward air controllers (FAC’s). During the two week exercise, both Dutch and German air combat controllers worked from the mobile control and reporting centre (DCRC) located at Leeuwarden Air Base. As with 2015, Frisian Flag saw participation from United States Air National Guard (ANG) units operating in Europe as part of the ongoing Theatre Security Package (TSP) deployments known as operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’, designed to demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to reassure NATO of its collective security and to ensure ongoing stability in the region. Participating ANG units in TSP 16-02 were two F-15 Eagle units from the California and Massachusetts ANG. The two ANG units deployed a total of 12 aircraft to Europe as part of TSP 16-02, with eight aircraft arriving for Frisian Flag and a further four flying directly to Keflavik, Iceland to support NATO’s air surveillance mission between 1st and 29th April.


Other participating nations in Frisian Flag included the host nation, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom, with almost 70 aircraft in total. The twice-daily missions lasted approximately 1.5 hours on average, with some aircraft extending their loiter-time with the aid of air-to-air refuelling.

processes between tanker and receiver aircraft. The initiative is one important measure in a number of different working strands planned to overcome the EU shortfall on tanker capabilities and allows airmen to improve their skills in air-to-air refuelling in a unique multi-national environment.

In much the same way as the ‘Red Flag’ exercises held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, over the course of the exercise, Frisian Flag becomes more and more complex. All participants are assigned to either the ‘Blue’ or ‘Red’ forces, with the Blue forces tasking being to carry out offensive missions, whilst the Red forces are assigned to defending the Blue Force targets.

Realistic international teamwork; Recent air operations by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) clearly show the importance of international collaboration. Over the past few years, all of their overseas operations were executed under a NATO mandate, within a multi-national joint and combined environment. Participation of Dutch F-16’s in the ISAF mission over Afghanistan ceased in July 2014. From September 2014 until mid-December 2014, four F-16’s from the Royal Netherlands Air Force were sent to guard Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace, operating out of Poland. The RNLAF also took part in air operations over Iraq from October 2014 onwards with its Air Task Force- Middle East. From the beginning of February, Syria has also become part of the operation area above the Middle East. In 2017, the RNLAF will be tasked with guarding Baltic airspace once again as part of its NATO mission.

Simulated ground-based air defences during Frisian Flag included RNLAF Patriot missile batteries. As Frisian Flag does not incorporate the use of live weapons, participating aircraft carry inert air-to-air training missiles during missions, together with laser designator/targeting pods and electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods. During the exercise, aircraft use an area of designated airspace over the North Sea known as Training Areas 01-10 (TRA 01 to TRA 10), with available airspace from ground level up to a ceiling of 55,000ft. In conjunction with the TRA’s, the NATO air weapons range at Vleihors (NATO call-sign ‘Cornfield’) is also used by the participating aircraft, together with the ranges on the northern Dutch coastline at Marnewaard and Waddanzee. During Frisian Flag, Airborne Early Warning and Control was provided by Boeing E-3A AWACS aircraft from the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force at Geilenkirchen, on the Dutch/German border, with air-to-air refuelling support coming from a mixed contingent of tankers based at Eindhoven Air Base as part of the European Air to Air Refuelling Training (EART). Tanker support was provided by a mix of aircraft from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France. The purpose of the EART is to create a realistic training environment to exchange information and practice amongst crews as well as to enable certification

During Exercise Frisian Flag, all capabilities of the various aircraft are employed in order to prepare them for every conceivable type of mission they may encounter. The experience gained in past missions is also integrated into the different exercise scenarios. During Frisian Flag, larger and more complex scenarios are also practised, with a very high threat level for the aircraft, both in the air and on the ground. This helps prepares the fighter pilot optimally for deployment in actual operational theatres. Although for noise-technical reasons much of the RNLAF training is carried out abroad (e.g. in the United States and in Canada), having Leeuwarden Air Base hosting a large-scale exercise such as Frisian Flag is an obvious choice. Leeuwarden air base is located relatively close to the major flying ranges over the North Sea, which limits noise hindrance over land to take-off and landings only.


AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATING IN FRISIAN FLAG 2016 BY COUNTRY, TYPE AND UNIT Belgium 8 x LMTAS F-16AM/BM 2, 10 Wings Finland 6 x McDonnell-Douglas F-18C/D 11, 31HavLLv France 5 x Dassault Mirage 2000D 3 Escadre de Chasse Germany 10 x Eurofighter 2000A/B TLG31 Netherlands 14 x LMTAS F-16AM/BM 311, 322, 323 Squadrons Poland 6 x LMTAS F-16C/D 32 BLT/10 ELT United Kingdom 6 x Panavia Tornado GR.4 9 Squadron 1 x Dassault Falcon 20 Cobham PLC United States 3 x McDonnell-Douglas F-15C/D 194FS/144FW Ca. ANG 5 x McDonnell-Douglas F-15C/D 131FS/104FW Ma. ANG


FAST J AND SN PEAKS Shooting the Swiss Air Force in Sion by Steve Zimmermann


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I first learned of the existence of the Centre of Aviation Photography from a conversation I had last summer with Steven Comber, while standing on the platform that he had installed, expressly for aviation photography, on the roof of his car. We were waiting just off the end of the runway for Vulcan XH558 to reappear over her home base in Sheffield, England. Steven and noted aviation journalist and photographer, Rich Comber had used their combined expertise and their carefully cultivated network of contacts in the military and civil aviation world to create a new venture that is, as COAP’s website puts it, “a professionally-run not-for-profit organisation that brings you a year-round programme of events to take your aviation photography to new heights.” Fast forward to early March this year, and I’m standing atop the same platform on the same car, only this time it’s outside a different airport’s fence: Sion, a single-runway, combined use airfield, where the Swiss Air Force is holding repetition training with its fleet of F-5E Tigers and F/A-18 Hornets. In COAP’s terminology, my fellow shooters and I are engaged in “Assignment #16: Sion Hornets and Tigers”. Unlike some of the other trips COAP organizes, this is not an operational visit, where photographers are embedded with an active unit on an airbase; instead, we are outside the base, taking advantage of the close-in fences and the airport’s location in the bottom of a beautiful Swiss mountain valley to shoot from a variety of vantage points over three full days. The Swiss oblige by throwing up as many as twelve jets at a time in four operational sorties a day. Rich and Steven serve as guides and mentors to four aviation photography enthusiasts from England and Colorado. In the evenings we gather over dinner and beers to hear Rich talk about getting more out of our photography, rehash the day’s shooting, and look ahead to the next day’s opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities: for each sortie

we position ourselves at one vantage point for takeoffs and move to another spot more suited to capture the recoveries. Some vantage points require ladders or standing atop the vehicles to get clear views over the security fence; others are high up in the vineyards overlooking the runway; one spot takes advantage of that rarity, a public observation platform, on the roof of the airport cafe, only 100 yards or so from the runway. At lunchtime on the first full day, I propose that we scout a position on the southern slopes of the valley, where we might be able to photograph the returning jets as they pass in front of the two ancient castles sitting on low hills across the valley. The wind doesn’t favor us this day and the recoveries are all from the other end of the valley, but the next day we return to try our luck as the Tigers and Hornets fly their downwindto-base turn directly over our heads and sweep out into the valley, dropping below us as they turn onto final. The Tigers oblige by flying a lower, flatter final than the Hornets, and I get the shots I was looking for. Taking stock of the experience from my seat on a train to the Geneva airport for my flight home, I conclude that the stunning Swiss mountain valley, the photo ops and the camaraderie among the participants have all been first rate. Sion is blessed with amazing mountain backdrops in every direction, the weather has been stable and clear, and I am returning home with a hard drive full of memorable images. ISAP leadership has been in discussions with COAP concerning co-sponsorship of events designed exclusively for ISAP members. I do hope the discussions bear fruit; if the events turn out to be anything like my trip to Sion, it could be a great new era of opportunities for ISAP’s membership.


AIR COMMANDOS ON THE HIGH PLAINS

AIRSHOW by Kevin Hong

It’s not everyday you get a chance to get up close and personal in the world of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). While taking the Commemorative Air Force A-26 Invader “Night Mision” on the road I got a chance to check out a great airshow in the US at Cannon AFB, New Mexico.

through testing phases this second prototype was able to come for a special reason. The AC-130J took part in the Gunship Heritage Flight to continue the legacy of the gunships through the ages since Vietnam. The AC-130J, AC-130W, AC-130U, and AC-47 flew across the sky to commemorate the historic event.

Cannon AFB is the home of the 27th Special Operations Group (SOG).

The MQ-9 Reaper drone made a few passes. Although the MQ-9 has flown at airshows in the past this was the first time the latest variant of MQ-9 Reaper has ever flown at an airshow in the country. A great tactical demo by the MV-22 Ospreys of the 20th Special Operations Squadron was impressive to see. Cannon AFB doesn’t have an airshow every year but if you end up going you won’t be disappointed to see some of the newest technology in the Air Force inventory.

The squadrons in the 27th SOG operate the AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22B, C-146A, U-28A, MQ-1, MQ-9. The show was called Air Commandos on The High Plains Airshow. The name was very fitting considering there were no aerobatic performers at the show and mostly military. The only civilian acts were the warbirds and the Shockwave Jet Truck.

In attendance at the show was the newest gunship built by Lockheed called the AC-130J Ghostrider. Even though the plane is still going


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I am a second generation aviation photographer, as my father worked for Martin Marietta as part of their photography team from the early 1960s until his retirement in the late 1980s. This is where my interest in military aviation and photography began. Much of my father’s job at Martin included photographing various military systems Martin was developing for prospective clients, mostly in the U.S. From time to time, he would bring home photos of aircraft, tanks, and missiles that he or his unit produced, which sparked my imagination as a youngster. As a teen, I spent a lot of time camping and hiking in central Florida near Patrick AFB, MacDill AFB and the Avon Park bombing range. Once I experienced the chest pounding thrill of afterburners, there was no looking back. I’ve been an aviation nut since and have been chasing aircraft with a camera for more than 30 years. Currently, I am based out of Orlando, FL and classify myself as a part-time pro. Professionally, I work in the banking industry and I am also the owner/operator of my own photography business. I’ve had the privilege of working with Jim Winters as part of Team Nikon Miami since 2010, which has expanded my commercial photography. I specialize in ground-to-air aviation and sports photography and I am constantly honing my skills. In addition to what I have learned from my father, I have a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida. Otherwise, I am mostly self-taught. I have used Nikon equipment since 1989 and currently use a pair of D4 bodies as the backbone of my aviation and sports work. Depending on the situation, I use Nikon 600mm/f4, 400mm/f2.8, 80-400mm zoom or 70-200mm zoom lenses. I rely heavily on Nikon’s outstanding durability, AF capabilities and the sharpness of its prime lenses to capture small details in subjects. I prefer to travel as light as possible.

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Camera/lens - Nikon D4; Nikon 400mm f/2.8 lens Exposure - 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100

I shoot RAW images primarily to fine-tune exposure adjustments in post-processing. Most of my work is not extremely time-sensitive, which gives me greater latitude to shoot RAW. I do my image processing in Photoshop, using Bridge and ACR as the main part of my workflow. There are a number of exceptional aviation photographers who have been an inspiration to me and several are current ISAP members: Jim Koepnick, Glenn Bloore, Jessica Ambats and Jay Beckman to name a few. I joined ISAP to network, learn and ultimately expand my photography. I am also a member of the NPPA and PPA.

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David Takahashi

I am a 24-year-old corporate pilot and amateur photographer from New Hampshire. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by aviation and have always pursued a career in the field. While I have no formal photographic training, I hope to learn from the many talented members at ISAP and ultimately get more involved in the field of aviation photography, specifically air-to-air. I currently use a Fuji XT-1, and a handful of lenses ranging from an 8mm fisheye to 140mm. When shooting inside the plane (as I often do), the camera is almost exclusively paired with a 14mm lens which is small enough to bring along on trips. Although I do not have much experience with air shows, it’s an aspect of aviation photography that I would like to explore more in the future.

Fuji XT-1 f/2.8 2.3 sec ISO 400 14 mm

In post, I typically use RAW in conjunction with Adobe Lightroom. I prefer the control that RAW allows for without a loss in image quality. Lightroom provides an easy way to catalogue and edit images without having to switch programs – aside from the occasional stint in Photoshop, I use Lightroom almost exclusively. I joined ISAP in May of 2016 on the recommendation of a current member. After asking how to go about getting a start in aviation photography, she suggested ISAP as a great way to learn and become active in the community. This is the first professional photography group that I have been associated with and I look forward to meeting and working alongside its many members.

Fuji XT-1 f/4 1/240 sec ISO 200 8 mm

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Fuji XT-1 f/5.6 1/950 sec ISO 200 140 mm

Fuji XT-1 f/4 1/250 sec ISO 200 8 mm


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Fuji XT-1 f/4 1/220 sec ISO 200 14 mm


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Francis Zera

I’m a full-time professional architectural, aviation, and commercial/ industrial photographer based in Seattle. I started out as a journalist on the writing/editing side of things, and gradually switched over to photography. I studied fine-art photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and was also fortunate enough to have been mentored by several prominent Seattle photographers who usually prefer to remain nameless so they don’t take any of the blame for my shenanigans.

Alpa 12MAX/Phase One P45+, Schneider-Kreuznach 36mm APO-Digitar; manual, ISO 50, 36mm, 10 sec., f/11

I’m also a Phase One Certified Professional, and one of only 39 Phase One Certified Technicians worldwide. My interest in aviation can be traced back to when I was a little kid and my grandmother would take my brother and me to the local airfield to watch skydivers. The interest in all things aviation grew from there, and my primary interest is in commercial aviation. I use Canon DSLRs (a 5D Mark II and a 5D Mark II) along with a Phase One 645DF+ and an Alpa 12-MAX technical camera with a P45+ digital back that fits both. They comprise my architecture kit, but they do help me make some lovely aviation photographs under the correct circumstances. For air shows, the body/lens combination depends on the vantage point I’m able to wrangle and what I’m hoping to accomplish. Sometimes it’s 15mm, other times 600mm.

Canon 5D Mark III / Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L; manual, ISO 200 70mm, 1/400, f/8

I always shoot in camera raw — raw files allow maximum flexibility for editing. For processing, I use a combination of Lightroom, Capture One, and Photoshop, depending on the camera, and my favorite aspect of both Lightroom and Capture One is that they are non-destructive editors, so the original file is never altered. I’ve used Photoshop for ages, having learned it in the 1990s (Version 2), so it’s a very familiar editing tool. I joined ISAP in 2013 when the annual event was held here in Seattle, and our local Canon rep gave me the heads-up about the event. The only other photo organization I’m a part of is the American Society of Media Photographers – I’ve been a member of the Seattle/Northwest chapter board for about 10 years, and am a past chapter president. I do – I teach architectural photography, business, and marketing at the Art Institute of Seattle. For the new folks, the best advice is to get out there and make photos as much as possible – don’t wait for the airshow or that special aircraft, just get out there. Take notes relating to time of day, light conditions, etc., and your camera will record the rest of the settings for you so you can use the information to troubleshoot or improve your skills.

Canon 5D Mark III / Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD; manual, ISO 200, 450mm, 1/400, f/8


Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 24-70mm f/2.8; manual, ISO50, 25mm, 1/320, f/7.1

Canon 5D Mark III / Canon 200-400 f/4L; manual, ISO400, 200mm, 1/200, f/4


Canon 5D Mark III / Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L; manual, ISO250, 155mm, 1/100, f/11

Canon 5D Mark II / Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE; manual, ISO200, 15mm, 1/500, f/6.3


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Canon 5D Mark III / Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD; manual, ISO200, 450mm, 1/400, f/8


Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 24-70mm f/2.8; manual, ISO3200, 24mm, 1/80, f/2.8


MEET OUR MEMBER a flattering experience for me as those question were a recognition of my effort. When I started in photography, I asked the same questions and luckily found someone to answer them, so I’m now trying to be that someone who will answer the questions and maybe inspire someone else in aviation photography. My advice to a novice in aviation photography would be practice as much as possible and always consider new ideas. Don’t try to copy someone’s style, but develop your own. Listen to the advice of experienced photographers and learn from them, but stick to the photos you like. Shoot for yourself.

Tomislav Haramincic

I live in Zagreb, Croatia and I consider myself as somewhere between an advanced amateur and a semi-pro photographer. I haven’t received any formal training in photography, nor have attended any courses. My skills developed pretty much through self teaching, books and experiments. Simple trial and error technique. But I have to thank also a few good friends, fellow photographers, who gave me some words of advice and thought me some tips and tricks of the trade. My interest in aviation started when I was still young. I decided to attend the aviation technical high school and later studied aeronautics. Although I graduated in the fields of aerodynamics and aircraft construction I started my professional career as an air traffic controller 15 years ago. I’m still an active area ATCO and work with civil and military aircraft. Photography was always my interest but it wasn’t specially connected to aviation until the recent seven years. Somehow I realized that I had a professional commitment and a passionate hobby that belonged together. My first DSLR was a Nikon D90 with an all-around 18-200mm lens. From that moment on, I’m using Nikon equipment. My current gear consists of two Nikon D810, my favorite Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G. I also use the TC-14E III 1.4x teleconverter to extend a little bit my reach. I always shoot in RAW. There is simply no other option for me as I always want to get the most from every shot. For post processing I use mainly Photoshop and in some occasions Lightroom. I started with Photoshop so it became a habit for me to do all the editing in Photoshop. The aviation photography scene in Croatia is pretty thin so I started looking for a community where I could find people with similar passion and maybe also meet them in person on some air shows. And that is how I have found ISAP. After I learned more about ISAP, their story and goals, I was very impressed and decided to join in May 2016. I strongly support the idea of mutual help between photographers in every professional way, without any regards on the skill, style or equipment used. Some of the people that saw my photos also asked for advice in how to shot such photos and what gear and settings I’ve used. That was


MEET OUR MEMBER that is not always possible, but my one piece of advice is that no matter how good you are at photoshop, you will never get it to look as good as if you shoot it with the right lighting to begin with! Photography is after all, the recording of light!

John Freedman

My name is John Freedman, I am a semi-professional photographer based in Brisbane Australia, and I spend part of the year attending airshows in US. I contribute material to Australian Aero magazine, Flightpath Australia, and other publications. I have no formal photographic training; I got into photography at high school, where I joined the Photography Club. We had a couple of Pentax K-1000 cameras, and a black and white dark room. After leaving school I had dreams of doing newspaper photography, but found no jobs in it, so I turned to the television industry. After doing work experience (intern) I started in videotapes, then recording technician, and ended up as a News Cameraman/ Editor (Photographer). I love using cameras; video, still, whatever; it is just a fun thing to do, to record light, events, history.

What I like to reflect on is the images and opportunities that I have had to record history through the lens. I have photographed a Space Shuttle launch, been aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier twice, the arrival of the first RAAF C-17, and the first RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets. I got the last ever flight of F-111s and the last flight of the Lockheed SR-71. These moments will never happen again, and it was an honor to be there for them. I sure wish I had the camera equipment I have now, but alas, you play the hand you are dealt, you do the best you can. I learnt that from doing TV News, where whatever the conditions, you can only do the best you can, if the lighting is not perfect, you are out of position, just do the best you can. I joined ISAP about 4-5 years ago through associating with the many members who attend Airventure at Oshkosh, and Larry demanding that I join! If you want to learn stuff and have a good time, this is the place and group to hang with. Like many photogs, I like to pass along what I know, I by no means think I know everything, and I too like to learn new skills and tricks. The day you think you know everything is the day you no longer try to better your skills! What advice can I give to others? Shoot in shutter priority, shoot in RAW, and practice, practice and practice. As I said earlier, if you are willing to let me photograph your aircraft, please contact me; I would love to do an air-to-air photo session!! John.

What got me into aviation photography? I really don’t know? I loved the Baa Baa Black Sheep TV show when I was a kid. I got interested in aircraft, and attended a couple of airshows. Then I went on a trip to the US, and visited the USAF Museum, and went to the annual airshow at Edwards AFB. From there my interest spread to a passion, then to its current state, an obsession! Along the way I got to meet some great people, amazing pilots, and many who share the disease of aviation. I own Nikon DSLRs; years ago I went down the Nikon path, and have been happy to stay there. Once you start buying equipment you are pretty much committed (or should be!) I have a large kit, too large, but I love toys! I have the D200, D300, D300S, D750, and D800. I have the Nikon 10.5mm (great lens for in cockpits!), Nikon 18-200mm, 28300mm, 80-400mm, 300mm f4, and Tamron 150-600mm. At airshows I mainly have the 150-600 on the D300S to get the added DX crop, the 80-400 on the D750 for medium shots, and a wide angle on the D300. The D800 + 28-300mm is used should I manage to get any air-to-air opportunities. (Please if anybody has a spare seat, or has an aircraft and is willing to let me do an aerial photo shoot, PLEASE, lets get together!!) I shoot everything in RAW, (That is camera RAW not…never mind…) Post editing is mainly with Nikon Capture NX2, which I am getting better at using. I have Photoshop Elements and the Creative Cloud to help clean and tweak the images. I do like using NIK Color Efex Pro to add polarizing filters to some images. I only do basic editing of the images, and try and keep them as real as possible due to editorial responsibility. Of course the best way to get the best imagery is to photograph them in the right lighting to begin with, but

SE5A Stack: Nikon D300, 18-200mm, 1/200 f.10 ISO 200. It is quite surreal; you look through the camera at scenes that could easily be from the Great War. The Vintage Aviator Ltd SE5a aircraft formation over Masterton NZ.


1997 SR-71B On Finals: Nikon F90 Film camera, settings unknown. SR-71B NASA 831 (956) on final at Edwards AFB Open House 1997, the last flights of the trainer. I was honored to be with the NASA ground crew for the flight.

Boomerang: Nikon D300, 18-200mm 1/200 f.16 ISO 200. Australia’s only ever designed and built fighter, the CAC Boomerang makes a post restoration flight off Caboolture.


Bristol and Dr1 air: Nikon D300S, 18-200mm 1/160 f4.5 ISO 400. Some of the most amazing aircraft I have ever seen are part of The Vintage Aviator Limited collection in New Zealand. The Bristol F2B Fighter replica tries to get away from the Fokker Dr.1 replica at Classic Fighters 2011.

KH Chippy Ho: Nikon D200, 18-200mm 1/320 f.4 ISO 100. F/A-18C Chippy Ho launches from the USS Kittyhawk during Exercise Talisman Sabre off Rockhampton Australia.


Mustang Form GML: Nikon D200, 18-200mm 1/200 f.5 ISO 160. I was lucky to get onto one of the air-to-air photo flights for the 2007 Gathering Of Mustangs and Legends. My flight was hosted by aviation legend Paul Bowen.

RAAF F111 6 ship finale: Nikon D200, 300mm f4, 1/400 f.8 ISO 200. The last flight of the venerable F-111, the six ship formation over RAAF Amberley in 2010. I love the chance to record history!


P40 Corsair Omaka: Nikon D300, 18-200 1/200 f.9 ISO 200. Two of my favourite aircraft and two of my favourite pilots; Keith Skilling in the FG-1D Corsair and Stu Goldspink in the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk.


SE5As Masterton: Nikon D300, 18-200mm, 1/200 f.10 ISO 200. I have to thank one of my biggest benefactors Gene DeMarco for many of my best opportunities; like the TVAL SE5a Stack over Masterton NZ.


Wildcat Corsair Mattoon: Nikon D300S 18-200, 1/200 f.11 ISO 200. Sometimes it pays to just ask; a small airshow in Mattoon IL I got Dave Folk in the F4U-5 Corsair and Michael Gillian in the Wildcat.


PROTECT YOUR WORK

by John Slemp

If you are like many of us, we create images for profit, and one of my biggest irritations is when someone steals my work online. Recently I became aware of two new web-based services that may help photographers regain control of their work, that being Pixsy, and Image Rights. Both are very similar in that they are essentially online search engines, with a catch...they only search for your images!

It should also be noted that they have a network of attorneys worldwide willing to handle infringement claims, should it come to that. Of course, should you decide to pursue a claim, you must be able to prove the value of the claim. In other words, you cannot pull a number out of a hat, and expect to get rich, without documentation that establishes the value for a similar previous use.

Here’s how they work: You allow their software to access images in your online database, be it your website, or other archive. The images are then used as a baseline for online searches of the same images. Should a match be found, you are given the option of ignoring authorized uses on a web page (or website), or of taking action. That can be in the form of a DMCA take-down notice, sending an invoice, or if warranted, they will pursue a full-blown copyright infringement case.

While speaking recently with my copyright attorney, he has advised me to begin marking all of my images with a proper copyright notice, instead of using my usual Aerographs logo.

Of course, these services aren’t totally without cost, but they do allow a search of up to 1000 images for free. Should an infringement be found, they will pursue it for 50% of the recovered fee, and perhaps a service fee. Higher levels of service plans are available, for a yearly fee. They will also register your images with the US Copyright office for a service fee, but you can do that yourself, for less money. You do register your images don’t you?

While I personally detest marking images that way, I can now see the wisdom in doing so. It negates the “innocent infringer” claim that one may attempt to use when caught using an image, and also allows someone to locate you with an online search, should they wish to properly license an image. There are three parts of a proper copyright notice by the way, that being the © symbol (or the word “copyright” or the abbreviation “copr.”), the year the image was created, and of course your name. Therefore it should read as follows: © 2016 John Slemp. I’ve taken it one step further by also incorporating my business name, which my attorney says is fine: © 2016 John Slemp/Aerographs. By properly registering your images with the US Copyright Office (you don’t have to be a US citizen by the way), and by using the proper copyright notice, you have gone a long way towards protecting your work. It also provides a service like Pixsy or Image Rights (or your attorney) with the necessary legal tools to aggressively pursue those who would use our work without paying for it. To my mind, that’s cheap insurance in this otherwise “wild-west” digital landscape, and is a step in the right direction towards the day when images are digitally secured and can no longer be easily stolen. Do yourself a favor and protect your work...

Milka Bamond, of St. Petersburg, Florida. An original “Rosie”, she was photographed with 14 other “Rosies” a couple of weeks ago here in Atlanta...


WORTH A 1000 WORDS by Kevin Hong

Even though I’m not writing 1000 words I think you get a really good idea about the photo. Flying with the Commemorative Air Force I get a an opportunity to do a lot of great things with veterans and warbirds. This was definitely a special occassion. Onboard were seven special WWII veterans that served in the Army Air Corp and US Navy. Normally I fly inside B-17 Texas Raiders with the veterans and photograph them walking around the plane. This time I decided to try something different for the 8th Air Force Historical Society. Retired Colonel Jesse Jacobs smiled for me on board the B-17 on the special flight. Jesse flew several airplanes in WWII including the B-17. He moved on to jets during Korea and was later an Air Force test pilot on several aircraft, including a B-47 and the huge C-5A Galaxy! It was a surprise to the veterans when I mentioned to them that I would be flying next to them in a T-6. For the veterans it was a moment in time they would never forget. After we landed I had an opportunity to speak with them and asked how they liked the ride. Some of the guys were comparing the B-17 with their B-24s they used to fly on during the war. For Jesse it was a great way for him to spend the day rather than sitting at home in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


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I made this photograph of Lefty Gardner’s “White Lightnin’” over Hubbard Creek Lake near Breckenridge, Texas on June 25, 2008. Lefty’s P-38 had been recently restored by Nelson Ezell and would soon depart for Switzerland to join the Red Bull collection. I was with Ladd Gardner, Lefty’s son, in Ladd’s T-6. Nelson Ezell was the pilot of “White Lightnin’”. I used my NIKON D3 at 1/250, f/13.


Hello Fellow ISAP Members, I’m very excited to announce that I’ve just made available all 3 of my Reno Air Racing Videos, “Let’s Go to the Reno Air Races”, “Chasing Reno Gold”, and “Reno 2012: The Return of Air Racing”, on Vimeo for streaming and download. I’d like to make a special offer to all fellow ISAP members if you are interested in purchasing one or more of these streaming videos. For a limited time, any ISAP member who purchases one or more of these, if they enter the promo code of ISAP2016 they will get 50% off the retail price of any or all of the videos. Let’s Go to the Reno Air Races is great for “kids of all ages” and puts your eyes and ears front and center on the ramp to provide all of those great sights and sounds we all experience during race week. The only thing missing is the smell of 100LL and those familiar smells from our favorite power plants! Chasing Reno Gold is the “official” air race video from 2011 when the races were cancelled due to the Galloping Ghost accident. Not wanting to go without a video that year I worked with every living Unlimited Gold winning pilot, and some crew members, to find out what makes them tick. Our team talked to them about what drives them to race and win, including a great interview with R.A. Bob Hoover talking about all his years involved leading them down the chute and

booming out those famous words of “Gentlemen you have a race” just before releasing them to the course. It’s almost 4 hours of time with these great pilots and crew members talking about our favorite sport, what’s not to like! Reno 2012: The Return of Air Racing is the official air race video from 2012, the first year of racing following the 2011 crash. Over six big hours of video across two streaming/download files that includes every medal race in their entirety, interviews with the winning pilots as well as air show performances and interviews with those involved in the show outside of the racing. The amount of material that our limited team (2 cameras on the course and for interviews + in plane cameras + key placement during air show performances allowed us to deliver this very unique and all-encompassing medal races like never before. The videos are also available on DVD and Blu Ray, check out the website at www.justplanefunvideos.com for details. For streaming and download, please use the links at the top of the page for each individual video. Any questions, please free to email me at mark@justplanefunvideos.com Hope you enjoy these. Regards, Mark Chiolis

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