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1  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photocalls, meet-ups, and events / Re: El Centro Photocall, February 16, 2017 on: June 09, 2017, 10:14:48 AM
2  Photo & Discussion Boards / Miscellaneous / Re: Non Aviation Photography Thread on: June 03, 2017, 06:12:27 PM
Solid set from Desert Botanical, Ross!
3  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: F-4 Phantom II all Variants on: May 26, 2017, 09:03:10 AM
4  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: WTI 2-17 on: May 26, 2017, 09:01:50 AM
5  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photocalls, meet-ups, and events / Re: Marine Week 2015 on: May 21, 2017, 06:48:13 PM
Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I need to know how many V-22s participated in Marine Week.  Pretty sure it was three, but just need someone to confirm that.  Anyone still have their shots from that week who can confirm that?  Thanks!
6  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: Angel Thunder 2017 on: May 17, 2017, 08:27:13 AM
Yeah, it's a civvie bird operated by a heli-charter service from Texas.  They have a few Super Pumas that do contract personnel recovery.  They were a last-minute addition to Angel Thunder.  Not sure if other participants dropped or they just wound up short on recovery vehicles for the exercise, but these guys were brought in to fill that gap.   
7  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photo of the Month / Re: Photo of the Year - 2017 on: May 16, 2017, 04:08:25 PM
Congrats Matt!  I've got a hunch that image would have won whether 2 or 22 people voted.
8  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photo Tips and Techniques / Unwritten Rules on: May 14, 2017, 12:51:45 AM
My friend Nick and I were just talking about little unwritten rules we have for ourselves as aviation photographers.  Scott Youmans and I have talked about this before as well, and one of his was that he didn't like shooting front-quarter shots where the nose gear eclipses one of the main gear.  I didn't really think I had that many rules like this, but talking with Nick, I was kind of surprised by how hard I ride myself on certain things.

What are some of your 'unwritten rules?'  I'm not talking the 'cultural' things that most aviation photographers adhere to (no 'propsicles' is one that comes to mind), but more the personal things. 

Here are a few of mine off the top of my head:

-As a general rule, no glare.  Sometimes it's impossible to get a shot under the conditions you're given without glare, but I typically do everything within my power (usually moving) to limit or (hopefully) eliminate it.

-No rotor shadow on the cockpit/canopy of a helicopter, UNLESS that shadow is masking a glare spot.

-No flash or lights behind landing gear for night shots unless the top of the aircraft is already sufficiently lit.  One of my biggest pet peeves actually, as it makes the ground underneath the subject the brightest part of the image, drawing the eye there and making the actual subject compete for your attention.  If the aircraft itself is well-lit with equal or greater intensity, game on, it can look fantastic and add tons of drama to an image.  But very few shooters achieve that.  Best to take those extra lights and light your actual subject with them.

-No taxiway signs or other airfield 'spam' unless they are an obvious primary or secondary subject in an image. 

-Another helicopter one, I hardly ever include the full span of the rotor blades because they throw the balance off in the image, at least to my eyes.

-If shooting air-to-air, no 'fourth-wall' breaks - no shadows of the photoship on the subject aircraft, no photoship wingtips or anything like that in the image, unless it tells a story.

-For prop aircraft shot from the ground, aim for a shutter speed that gives acceptable prop blur while maximizing opportunities for nose-to-tail sharpness at oblique angles.  Full discs are great, but when they come at the expense of the rear half of the fuselage being a smeared smudge, those shots go straight to the  recycle bin. 

-This one isn't all that specific, but I'm really particular about wingtips covering the tail in shots from the ground - the only hard-and-fast rule in this regard is that a wing covering the tip of the tail is a no-go for me.  Crossing the tail below the tip or being totally clear of the tail are both fine, but that in between zone with the top of the tail is blocked by the wing is a total no-go for me.

Those are all the ones I can think of now.  Most of these aren't so much creative rules as they are quality-control, but it's still interesting to see how many limits I place on myself without ever really thinking about it.


9  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: Angel Thunder 2017 on: May 13, 2017, 01:23:03 PM
RAF 7 Sqn in the mix as well with some Chinooks.  They should also have a Puma det participating, but I have no idea if they made it to D-M.
10  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: Red Flag 17-2 on: May 05, 2017, 11:01:40 PM
We've got a plain old Nellis thread for stuff that isn't participating in a particular Red Flag, but I don't think we've ever been super-parochial about it. 
11  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photo of the Month / Re: May 2017 POTM on: May 05, 2017, 07:25:08 PM
Congrats John!  Such a powerful shot.
12  Photo & Discussion Boards / Miscellaneous / Re: Obtaining Copyright for photos on: May 03, 2017, 04:06:38 PM
Copyright is yours immediately.  When you take a photo, it is yours.  Whether it's watermarked or has your copyright info embedded in the EXIF data (you can manage this through your camera settings) or has no identifying marks or data embedded in it is immaterial.  I personally do not watermark my images because I hate the way it looks, but I'm also very disciplined in where I post and what I post, so I deal with fewer incidents of my images appearing where I don't want them to than a lot of other photographers.   

That said, you can go through the US Copyright Office to copyright your images, and from what I understand, it's not very expensive.  I don't think I know anybody personally who does this though.

The most common threat out there are young enthusiasts in foreign countries who aren't aware of and couldn't give a damn about copyright.  They simply see a picture of an airplane they like, right click and save, then post it in some "I LOVES ALL THE AIPRLANE!!!" group on Facebook.  Some shooters spend hours hunting these guys down and rallying armies of their friends to bombard some poor Greek teenager with threats of bodily harm, but I just don't see any value in expending that kind of energy for such a low-level threat to my copyright.  The members of those kinds of groups aren't deep-pocketed prospective clients anyway, but rather usually teenage airplane geeks in Europe and Asia.  A less common but more legitimate threat is guys who right-click and save your images and then offer prints of those images for sale on Ebay or Etsy or whatever.  Most sites like that have ways of resolving those issues and punishing the perpetrators.

My advice is to not obsess over copyright.  You already hold it, and the chances of you getting royally screwed out of potentially significant sums of money through image theft are pretty remote.

13  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: Bell H-1 Huey/Cobra, All Variants on: May 03, 2017, 09:44:12 AM

Holloman's last Huey, used by the Army for range support duties on the White Sands Missile Range, departs Holloman for its new owner in Louisiana.  Kind of weird how this happened during the QF-4 'Phinal Phantoms' event, and there wasn't any notice of it or acknowledgement of it.
14  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: WTI 2-17 on: May 02, 2017, 10:37:48 AM
Such an awesome shot.
15  General Information Boards / News / MOVED: Aviation Photog's Relationship with the CAF Airbase Arizona on: May 02, 2017, 08:31:44 AM
This topic has been moved to AzAP News & Events.
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