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Love the Platypod

In Aviation by Patrick

Having a sturdy foundation for our precious camera gear is essential. When you find one that allows you to go places that you cannot take a conventional tripod and give you differnet vantage points is really invaluable. I have had the Platypod Max for some time and use it with my DLSR Nikon D5. With my recent addition of the …

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Corsair Crazy at Thunder over Michigan

In Aviation by Patrick

The Thunder Over Michigan Airshow concluded this weekend and it went off without a hitch! The weather cooperated and the performers did an awesome job of displaying the aircraft. They had everything from modern jets to warbirds who are usually the star of the show. This year the goal was to set a record with the number of corsairs flying …

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Speedlights with aviation photography

In Aviation by Patrick

As photographers, we all understand the importance of light. It is the basis for photography and without it, no picture! When to apply it and with what subjects can often be confusing. In my wildlife photography, I apply additional light when the situation calls for it fill in the shadows and enhance the color of birds feathers. Can you apply …

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Using Gesture in your photos

In Aviation by Patrick

One of the things that I try to take advantage of in my photos when it applies is gesture. Gesture helps bring life to an otherwise still photo and can help lead the eye through the frame. When I find this most helpful is when doing my aviation photography. When aerobatic performers are in the air, they will quite often …

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Venerable War Heros

In Aviation by Patrick

You arrive early to get along the flight line fence. Stake out your spot and begin getting to know your neighbors for the next 6-8 hours. There for the same reasons I am and that is the love of aviation photography both old and new. I personally have a soft spot for the warbirds. Especially the ones that are veterans …

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Barnstorming Days

In Aviation by Patrick

The golden days of aviation are so romantic to me. Open cockpits, biplanes and feeling the wind on your face giving you the feeling that you are heaven bound just cannot be beat! Many of these gorgeous aircraft are still flying today thanks to efforts of passionate individuals with a love of aviation. This super Stearman is just one of …

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Love of Aviation Photography

In Aviation by Patrick

My father recently passed away and I was pondering life without him, memories came flooding back as we were going through some of his things with my mother. One of the items I pulled from the closet was a shoebox full of pictures. It got me to thinking as I was sorting through these. Some of my earliest memories of …

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The F/A -18 Super Hornet

In Aviation by Patrick

The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the Navy’s top line aircraft. This all weather fighter is a versatile attack aircraft. Coming in both a single seat and double seat models (designated as the F/A-18F model), this impressive jet is often seen at airshows around the country displaying its slow speed handling and maneuverability. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm …

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Elusive F22 Raptor

In Aviation by Patrick

The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved support ability, represents an exponential leap in war fighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. The F-22, a critical component of …

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Happy Birthday Boeing

In Aviation by Patrick

I was reading an article recently about the Boeing corporation celebrating its 100th birthday and it got me to thinking. Where would we be without the contributions of this company, especially during the years of WWII. Boeing was pivotal in the war in Europe with the B-17 and the B-29 bombers. It also got me thinking how at times we …