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3 years, 10 months ago 10

No KLM 747 arrival today, so I worked the big American Airlines flight from New York.  I used the D800 and 14-24 right on the beach!  This was the three shot sequence that I captured.  Freaky being under such a big plane and watching others standing on their toes reaching for it!!!!  Human intelligence is vastly over-rated!!!!  Enjoy!

 

 

Oh well, one more chance tomorrow!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

3 years, 10 months ago 5

Sherelene, Bryan Rymer, our new friend and contest participant, and I spend most of today touring the island of St. Maarten, both the French side of the island and the Dutch side.  It was market day and several of the communities on the island had open air markets, we had a blast shooting all the color and patterns….  Hope you enjoy them!

 

 

We had a great time checking out all the culture and color of this wonderful island.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgirm

3 years, 10 months ago 1

Today, Wednesday, is my day off from Toppix 2013, before working Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning.  Bryan Rymer has graciously offered to take Sherelene and I on a tour of the Island.  St. Maarten is divided into two halves, a Dutch side where we are staying, and the French side.  The 30 something mile drive around the Island should offer up some great photography opportunities!  I will post them later today or this evening.  I love travel photography because it is a great way to see what you react to, visually!  I hope to bring you some nice stuff later……

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

3 years, 10 months ago 10

I’m learning a lot from the aviation shooters on St. Maarten!!  Shooting landing planes over the beach is just like shooting all action shots, it’s about; light, vantage point, focal length, and most of all, timing!!!  The light has been great, I’m learning from the locals the best vantage points, with the 14-24 and 80-400 (120-600 in DX), focal length is covered.  Now the hard part, timing!!  I’ve been practicing and I’m starting to get in the zone.  Below are some practice shots that are getting close!

 

Next assignment is to be on the beach looking up with the 14-24 when the KLM 747 comes in again Thursday.  Even landing these guys come in pretty fast, you have to be ready and work on your timing.  Below are some examples of beach work and practice sessions.

 

 

I had a great thing happen yesterday, one of the contestants, a lady about my age came over to the Gazebo to talk photography and she shared about her cancer experience,  and how it led her to a deeper walk in her faith, and made photography a lot more of a stress relieving outlet or her.  We were able to pray together, it was  precious moment!  When God is in charge ministry can happen every day, everywhere!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

Equipment notes:  

Top Shot of the 747 right over the beach, Nikon D7100 and 80-400 lens at 600mm,

1/200th of a second at f 8.

 

 

The last four shots are all with the D800 and Nikkor 14-24 wide angle zoom.  Most are at 1/1,500th of a second at F11.

 

 

The Last Shot……..   no people, but a cool angle.

 

 

One more for Nick Coury, this is the beautiful bokeh I was telling you about, shot during dinner tonight: