Thursday, September 8, 2011

No. 13 Recap of Vinatge Aircraft Weekend 2011

Weather was hot & dry for the 2011 Vintage Aircraft Weekend. The sun came out early and kept brightly beating down on the Heritage Flight Foundation's Ramp. The problem with bright blue skies and flat areas is that there is harsh light and strong shadows. So its not the easiest venue for taking pictures of aircraft. Usually in this type of lighting situation I would ask the pilot to stage the aircraft just outside the hangar and use the buildings shadow to help balance the exposure and fill in light where needed. But this was an open area airshow event. I got there just before nine and there were about 30 people already in line. Plenty of volunteers and good crowed showed up. Lots of people decided to come by early as well since the sun and temperatures would be really harsh to deal with later in the day.
Other than getting most out of your visit before it gets seriously hot on the tarmac is that you will have less people in your shots. If your aiming for calendar style shots of vintage aircraft it might be best to contact the owner of the facility or plane and see if you can't get a private tour or join them for a maintenance run. Far less people and you will get better images.

See you there for 2012's Vintage Aircraft Weekend

On to the Pix:

Waiting for a Pilot

North American P-51D Mustang

DC-2 NC13711 Museum of Flight

Wampus Cat Grumman F8F Bearcat N7827C

Messerschmitt Me 262 Repo


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