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The Show Must Go On

Published August 12th, 2011

If you've been watching my gallery and/or Facebook page, you'll know I'm up to my eyeballs in EAA photos, but I thought this one was interesting because there are a couple of stories wrapped up here. The plane you see flying is a Twin Beech 18 piloted my Matt Younkin. If you do any reading on Matt, you'll see that he and his family have experienced no small amount of hardship and loss connected with their aviation history, but he's still up there putting on a great show.

Directly beneath him, however, you can also see the F-16 of Alabama National Guard pilot Jason Patten, which ran off the runway on Thursday, and was still being reviewed by US Air Force personnel on Friday.

If you'd like to see more great photos of either of these planes, there are plenty more in the EAA gallery at

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Making the most of bad lighting

Published July 13th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I went for a hike, and needless to say, I brought my camera along. Although I started my hike fairly early in the morning, it was mid-morning before I knew it, and the sun was shining harshly overhead. Obviously, it was time to pack up the camera until the light got better, right?

Wrong. It was time to find a way to use the light to my advantage. I found myself walking beside a stream with the sun playing off some energetic ripples, but the stream by itself wasn't much to look at -- it was pretty muddy, and the harsh light just wasn't helping it at all. There were some wildflowers along the bank of the stream, though, and I was able to position myself so I was looking through the flowers and picking up the sparkles behind them. I used a narrow DOF to make the sparkles blur completely into the round lamps in the background of these pictures.

I like the way these turned out, but I'm really happy that I was able to salvage some decent photos from some pretty crumm ...

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