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9 years, 6 months ago 0

I will be on commercial jets all day Monday, so this will be the last post from Reno. Wow, what a week, we all had a great time and I saw a lot of great images from my buddies, Bill P, Scott, Jose’
Richard, Mike, and Moose. It’s always fun to compete in a friendly way, you love it when you win, but you are happy for the other guys when they get winners too. You mostly compete against yourself. Your goal should always be to be a better shooter tomorrow than today, if you do that you will just get better and better. More importantly, have fun!

Sunday morning we were fortunate to find a P38 on the ramp and the morning light was glorious.
I tried to shoot it several different ways and apply some computer magic, see what you think?

O.k. time to give a little thanks. Father, thank you for filling my life with such great friends, wonderful light, and great airplanes to put in it! Tomorrow the long awaited Phoenix 103 will arrive in Corbin and I can’t wait to take her up. It has been great watching these great airplanes pass overhead, but I can’t wait to be back up there looking down!

Till Tuesday………

the pilgrim

9 years, 6 months ago 0

Just a little bonus post today. I was working on an image that I couldn’t make work as a color shot and thought, why not do a conversion to Black & White? I liked it so much I went back and converted other favorites. Hope you enjoy them……

the pilgrim

Then again some things just look better with a little color!

9 years, 6 months ago 0

Watching the Canadian precision flying team called the Snowbirds made me reflect on the steps of learning to fly. Flying requires a very specific order of training to acquire the skills to do it safely
and effectively.

1. Acquiring the knowledge: First comes training, and lots of it. You must learn not only how to fly an airplane but the countless rules that govern the operation of an airplane. Flying without that training is paramount to suicide.

1. Acquiring the skills: This all comes down to practice. Any skill that you need to fly becomes smoother and better with practice.

3. Paying attention and communicating: Safe flying is all about keeping your head in the game.
It’s also about staying in good communication with other traffic and air traffic control.

Our walk with the Lord is very much the same.

1. Acquiring the knowledge: First comes training, and lots of it. Time in the word will help you learn just what God wants you to know and understand.

1. Acquiring the skills: This all comes down to practice. Living takes practice, and practice is where you find out if you can apply His principles.

3. Paying attention and communicating: Pray and listen, no harder than that!

I’m so thankful for this opportunity, it is so much fun to spend time with great friends and these wonderful flying machines and their pilots. For the hundredth time, to Bill Pekala, “thanks for the job, Bill…”

I hope you’ve enjoyed the fun we’ve had at Reno! Have a great weekend and God bless,

the pilgrim

9 years, 6 months ago 0

I love Nose Art, it’s such a remarkable part of the personality of the plane and owner. This morning I did a little experiment while shooting a lot of nose art. In World War I most planes were painted with logos that identified the squadron. By WW II the art took on a much more personal nature. Men depicted their girl friends, wives, and logo art that depicted the mission. In many art critics opinions, it became an important part of folk art. These examples gave me a chance to try out a certain camera lens combination and see just how it would perform.

For Tech Friday I decided to shoot an entire series of images with Nikon’s newest Coolpix the P7000 and boy was I impressed with it’s quality. This is Nikon’s top of the line compact camera,
10 mega pixels, 28-200 zoom at 2.8 wide open aperture, 3” Hi Res LCD screen, actual viewfinder, shoots 720 P video, and is built like a little tank. All that is great, but if it doesn’t shoot great images, it’s not of much consequence. But it does! These images were all shot with this little fellow and I love it. I don’t think I will ever travel again without this camera, I just might be tempted to actually go some places with nothing but it. But what about shooting in low light at higher ISO?

Now let’s get really creative, the shot below is a small section of the image above enlarged to
24 X 36!!!!! Yes a little noise, but hey, 24 X 36 at ISO 1600!!!!!!

Well from the image of me above, with the little P7000, shot by Bill Pekala, you can see how happy I am. I used a tripod so I could see just how capable this camera can be, and I’m sold. At $499. it is a real package for the times you want to travel light. This is the closest thing yet to my dream travel camera…….

Thanks Father for another fun day, more to come on Saturday and Sunday, stay tuned.

the pilgrim

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