Planes of Fame

Otherwise titled, how to capture something interesting with blown-out gray skies!  Here is an interesting statistic…Of the more than 2000 images I captured during this event, I culled out 95%+ of them. Straight to the bit bucket never to illuminated by a LED monitor again. There is just frankly very little interest is seeing a plane in flight that looks like it could be on a plain backdrop. While shooting more terrestrial I often love having the overcast sky. It acts like this big giant soft box in many regards. It’s not of course, but what it does to soften out shadows is appreciated. But look at this image of the flying wing. An incredible aircraft. Puzzling to look at, fantastic to see fly despite this nagging thought in the back of your feeble mind that it just sin’t possible! Boring!


What do you do with this? Well…that’s a great question!  One thing is to look towards the ground and find more interesting subjects. See this other post with some of the WWII reenactors. These were fun to shoot and the giant-softwbox-in-the-sky turned out to be a great help! I also got a chance to catch up with old friends at this event. Here is a post from Steven Lewis talking about the same sort of challenges and how he overcomes it. Spoiler alert: the skies were MUCH better the next day. You know, the day I couldn’t be there!

One thing that does help…and I VERY frequently struggle with is patience! Are we there yet?  Towards the end of the day there was a small window of decent light. And throughout the day there was an occasional frame where the light was at least good enough to gain some interest from the clouds. Below are a few that I was able to salvage.

All images with the incredible little mirrorless Fuji X-Pro2 and the 100-400 OIS zoom. Some with the 1.4x some without.

An Empty Road – Fresh Starts

Despite many a few false starts to keep this site/blog up and running, it hasn’t quite reached what I’ve wanted it to become. A place for me to share some images, thoughts and randomness that strikes me. I do however still want to get there, so I’ve decided to wipe it out entirely and start fresh.

Maybe it was the time spent on the road last week. Time that took me from the massive destination that is Las Vegas, to the empty backroads of the Mohave desert. Seeing everything from new beginnings to complete ruins. If you’ll indulge me, maybe, just maybe it’s a metaphor for this journey of life. We have so many parallels to this description. All of us. We have fresh starts, new beginnings, tear-downs and remodels and of course a few abandoned ‘structures’ and parts of our life.

So for me this is an attempt to remodel, to breakaway from the old that was a mess of a blogging site to something of value to someone…even if only me as an outlet. As I ponder images created, experiences shared and my always-growing faith in God I hope it reflects well here but with no real expectations for anything.

So, here we go…kick off to a new project as if I have time to absorb another. If you are following along, welcome! I’m a believer is Christ, husband and father, a techie geek, a photographer and generally just a goofball making his way through it all.  Here’s my empty road…buckle in

Fresh asphalt on the National Trails Highway near Ludlow, California in the Mohave Desert.