October 30, 2016
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Recently the Blue Angels performed at Wings Over Houston. My friend Doug Haass invited me to shoot with him from a unique vantage point – the end of the runway. What an awesome place to be set up as they came so close. We actually climbed up on a large mound of mulch. Yes, mulch, we had to tromp down the top where we were to give us a small base for footing. It was like standing on a water bed as everything seemed to float. I’d do it again!
The main group of four took off away from us and climbed high. Shortly after the last two started their run from the opposite of the runway heading our way. One took off about mid way and this one stayed low to the ground. As he got the end of the runway he pulled up hard and accelerated straight up. I wanted to look so bad but stayed focused on him. I couldn’t even begin to explain the excitement I was feeling as it snapped straight up. The vibration and roar was just spectacular!
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO 320
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO 320
November 11, 2014
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To all those that have served our nation and families that stood beside them proudly – Thank You!
I tried to envision our past history to this point in time. I kept going back to July 4, 1776. The number 1776 kept tugging at me as I was reviewing some pictures. This Blue Angel’s pilot was banking hard to line up with the straightaway to continue his performance at the air show. I believe it was his way of sending a message to most likely 100,000+ watching – This is who we are and what we represent – Serving You! The camera picture file number of this jet is 1776. I didn’t make up this number, it just happened.
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO 200
September 30, 2013
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I recently spent a weekend in Orange, Texas at their annual boat racing event. I photograph two to three events a year and thoroughly enjoy myself. I attend mainly for two reasons. One, I use to race boats as a young man between the ages of 12 and 21 and I loved it. Two, the people involved are some of the finest you will ever meet. I would never trade that part of my life. It was just awesome.
Weather conditions were not good Saturday with rain most of the time. As the rain eased it allowed half of the events scheduled for Saturday to take place. So there I am in the rain taking pictures and my big concern was my equipment. At this point I’m going to make a plug. For the photographers, you don’t want to get your equipment wet. In order to protect my D4 and 500mm I used http://lenscoat.com/. It worked great keeping my equipment dry. Now if I can only find one for my body.
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/22.0, 1/100s, EV -0.67, ISO 200
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 800