From my first air-to-air photography session, in November 2002. KITPLANES author Ed Wischmeyer took these two pictures from his award-winning Cessna 175 while his wife Cindy flew.
One of the first posed photos I took of Moonraker. This is on the grass at Arlington, Washington. I'd gone to Cunningham's Aircraft covers to get the airplane measured for a cockpit cover. There was a picnic table there, and I stood atop it to take this overall shot. Notice how taking the picture just a couple of feet higher than a normal ground shot makes this stand out from an ordinary portrait. I had to position the aircraft carefully to make sure the background was grass...notice how close the taxiway is at the top of the picture. A tan airplane on green grass stands out; a tan plane on gray pavement doesn't.
Another photographer's trick. Yes, I *did* get a picture without
a guy in it. But, honestly, having a person in the photo helps give
scale...and sometimes, a little more human interest. I've shot a
lot of pictures of people looking into the cockpit.
Oh, I'm *just* as handsome as the photo shows (though my knee was hurting...see The Fly Baby Debut ). And the plane is just as pretty as the picture shows.
But...there was a big Turbo Otter on floats parked behind my airplane.
Yes, I used Photoshop to delete it. That's why the tannish-colored
trailer behind my windshield looks a bit fuzzy. A small version of
the original is to the right....
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