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7 years, 7 months ago 0

Great morning in Reno, lots of new things to shoot. Maybe the best shot of the morning was of
José “Fuji” Ramos, now known as “Sprinkles” for the shot below.

Jose is a world class military aviation
shooter who is back seat qualified to
go up in the really fast jets. Nice guy
too! He and the rest of our gang was
on the tarmac again this morning at
daybreak to work the subjects. The
sky worked for us this morning and
we all did well. Below a TWA DC-3
sits in the tarmac with the Stead Tower
in the background. Run through the
HDR process and then desaturated to
look kinda like a 1930’s movie poster.

Aviation art shooting is all a matter of
what you like, unless you’re trying to sell
your work then, of course the client must
like it. Though the shot of the F18 from
the business end is quite literal it also
uses the light and contrast of the morn-
ing to emphasize the details.

The fun of shooting the planes is intensified by the great fellowship among the photographers at
Reno, and estimated, 360. Photographers come from all over the world for this event that will

draw a crowd in excess of 250,000 people. My boss and buddy Scott Diussa loves Corsairs so the last shot is for him.

I’m thankful to be here with such good friends. Be sure to remember to check out Scott’s, Bill’s,
Moose’s, and Richard’s Websites/blogs for more images, everyone had a great shooting day.

Everyday I thank God for my family, my job, my friends, and most of all my relationship with Him.
Thank you Father……..

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: All images with the Nikon D3s, 24-70 f 2.8 AFS and 70-300 AFS VR lenses. All Images HDR.
The shot of the photographers was made with Nikon’s new wonderful P7000 Coolpix.

7 years, 7 months ago 0

First morning on the ramp at Reno and the gang is back together. This morning we had, from left to right above; Big Mike Anskat, Jose Ramos, Bill Pekala, Scott Diussa, Richard Small, David Leininger, and the pilgrim. We had a great time working in the cold early light. I hope you enjoy some of the first mornings take. God is good, actually God is great.

This was a perfect morning, nice light, tolerable temps, and great, great company, can’t wait for tomorrow! Today’s prayer: Thank you Father, thanks for blessing me far greater than I deserve!

the pilgrim

*Photo notes: All images Nikon D3s and 24-70 AFS and 70-300 AFS VR. Gitzo Tripod, RRS head and all images HDR.

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7 years, 7 months ago 0

Sorry I don’t have new shot for you today, hit the sack at 10:00 last night, wake up call at 4:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. where I’m going), wheels up at 5:30 a.m. you get the picture, all day in airports.
It takes a while and several legs to get from Corbin, Kentucky to Reno, Nevada. Not complaining, it goes with the territory. I did want to explain what you will hopefully see this week on the blog. The Reno Air Races are famous for fast moving racing planes, but I love to shoot airplanes on the ground as art, thus Avart. Reno usually has a great variety of airplanes and, if we are lucky, the morning light will help us make some great images, only time will tell.

I’m in the Sky Club in Cincinnati trying to get my day going. This will be along one, but I love this event. I got a chance to visit with my son Wesley, his wife Rhonda and my two grandchildren from Maryville, Tennessee, Elijah and Abigail last night. Before I left Corbin, I took my Corbin based grandchildren, Cassidy and Cade out for ice cream, a grandfather, grand child tradition before I go on the road for a week or so. I also talked to and text Hannah and Ben in Florida. I have six grandchildren, what a blessing!

I love my family and when I’m away from home I would miss them terribly, but you can’t allow yourself to do that. There is work to be done, and spending all your time thinking about your wife and family will only make you miserable. The trick for a traveling man is to keep your eye on the ball until you are ready to return home, then the thoughts of how much you want to be with family can return full force. That’s not to say you don’t think of them every moment, you just can focus on the fact that you’re here and they’re there.

Our relationship with the Lord is somewhat different. You can focus on Him constantly. You never leave Him and He never leaves you. I used to wonder what praying without ceasing meant. I thought who can be down on their knees with their head bowed all day long? Well you can be praising and praying while flying on a plane, driving your car, sitting in a meeting, or checking into the hotel. A moment to moment walk with HIm is exactly that, moment to moment.

I thank God this morning that I’m in the Cincinnati airport. It means that I have a job, that I have someplace interesting to travel to. I know when I get there I will be with good friends and associates. I hope to help a lot of photographers with their needs and have a little fun myself.
My most important mission will be to love everyone I meet with His love. To help people know that someone cares about them and is concerned about their circumstances. I don’t have the ability to change a single persons life, but He does, and He is the one that will affect any change that happens. My job is to show up! That is called obedience, showing up………..

the pilgrim

7 years, 7 months ago 0

Tomorrow at O:Dark thirty, I leave Knoxville, for Reno and the Annual Reno Air Races. For those of you that love airplanes this week will be a treat, for the rest of you, sorry! All jobs have their upside and their downside. Working for Nikon honestly is mostly upside. Sure there are some assignments that you would be thrilled if they left off of, but for the most part it is a great job.
What I’m doing in case you missed it is praising God. I’m so blessed to get to do what I do with such great people! This is the annual pilgrimage for Bill Pekala, Scott Diussa, Richard Small, Mike Anskat, and I to this great event. We will be joined by Jose Remos (great military aviation photographer), and Moose Peterson and his family. The fellowship is great and of course you know me, anywhere an airplane lands and takes off, or just sits on the ground I’m in heaven.

O.K. got carried away there a little. My point is that God has truly blessed me to be able to do things that I get to do, with the people I get to do them with. That is a great blessing. I encouraged you over the weekend to count your blessings, I hope you did. If you did I bet it made you feel great, it always does. Recognition of all the good in our lives because of God’s great love for us will always lifts your spirit.

This week I will be shooting a lot of aviation stuff and will share some of those image with you and
share whatever the Lord is placing on my heart. Once again if you don’t love airplanes, sorry.
The good news for the non aviation folks is that this only happens once a year. Well their is Sun n’ Fun in April and my constant sharing about my flying, o.k. it’s not just once a year, so maybe you should consider getting into airplanes!!!!!!!!

blessings and tail winds,

the pilgrim

*Photo note: D700, and you guessed it, my trusty 70-300 AFS VR.

Now the fun begins!