Those pearly blue, magnificent skies of post production, that is. Russell Brown…genius, bon vivant, humorist, master of disguise, thespian, uh, animated photo subject, genius, photog, inventor, genius, software guru, good guy, and finally, truly, genius…..
Ten flashes (you can tell, some of them are in the picture), 45 minutes, SU-4 mode, manual exposure at 250th at somewhere between 4 and 5.6. Had able assistance from our Safari shooters as we threw up a bunch of lights and just winged it. (Ouch!) 14-24mm Nikkor f2.8 with a D3X.
Basically throwing a bunch of hot light around the background to define it. One light up and at the flag. Another right at the tail of the lead plane, creating some floor heat and separation. Another at the deep blue nose of the lead plane. Then, up front, an over under combo of an Ezybox soft box (24″ white interior) and a Lumiquest LTP softbox. All are SB-900′s with no gels. Fun to slap it together ad hoc, with a bunch of people helping.
Shot it Tuesday at Photoshop World, when we trekked to a couple cool places with even cooler planes. The above was made at Stallion 51, home to magnificently restored P-51 Mustangs, among other wonderful flying machines. Just amazing. They are tended to by an equivalently amazing lady, KT Budde-Jones, who was patient enough to actually embrace a visit by some 5o plus photogs. She and her colleagues pulled out planes, pushed them into the sunset for us, and in general made shooting easy. She even got in front of the lens in her WASP mechanics outfit, circa WWII.
Stallion 51 is a remarkable repository of historically significant aircraft, and the way KT takes you through the place, and talks reverently of the planes, you can tell this is a labor of love. There are, if I remember her figures right, about 125 or so Mustangs still flying, and they have several. Folks come to be trained on them, understand the mechanics, or just take a ride and check something off the bucket list. Take a look at their site.
PSW Orlando….nothing like it….more tk….