THE ACCESS WE HAD WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE
I knew from attending some of ISAPs other symposiums and shooting events, Larry always somehow gets his group incredible access, and this time was no different. We had a special area set up by the Alliance Airshow right along the taxiway and runways, facing right onto the Blue Angels with a completely unobstructed view. Ft. Worth Camera, a sponsor for the airshow, was cool enough to share their space with ISAP, along with Canon (who had cameras and lenses available for loan), and Nikon, all there supporting the airshow, which is really cool.
There were lots of other planes in the air, practicing for the opening of the Airshow on Saturday; everything from Fifi the World War II B-29 Superfortress (I shot her on the ground back in 2015. My first time seeing her in the air, too!) to Raptors, the F-16 Viper Demo Team, A one-of-a-kind Yak 110 (two Russian-made Yakovlev Yak-3's Frankenstein'd together into one plane by joining two Yak 55 fuselages with a jet engine mounted in between, becuase…ya know), to some awesome warbirds and the Breitling Aerobatics Team. Parked on the ramp were everything from a C-130 to a FedEx cargo jet to combat trainers, FA/18s — you name it (didn't shoot anything on the ramp — I was too busy shooting everything in the air).
THE BREITLING ACROBATIC TEAM
For these shots (below) I went from shooting at 1/2000 of a second and freezing the action, to panning at 1/160 of a second trying to keep some prop blur. You know what you get when you pan along with super fast planes zooming through the sky at 1/160 of a second, while you're holding an impossibly large lens that wasn't meant for this? A lot of totally blurry photos. A ton. Hundreds! However, buried within those hundreds of tremendously blurry images were some pretty sharp ones. Sadly, none of these sharp ones have this incredible team doing anything particuarlly incredible. The incredible stuff they were doing is all buried in blur. So, please enjoy these non-blurry, non-exciting shots.
If you're getting into aviation photography yourself, you need to join ISAP. They are a non-profit organization and they are made up of an absolutely incredible group of great people. They are led by one of the greatest people in our industry (the awesome Larry Grace), and all those awesome kids you see in the front — they're there with their teachers from a local high school — Northwest HS the students are a part of the Creative Media Production Academy; invited by Larry to join in with the ISAP crew, and learn from them, and shoot alongside them. How awesome is that!
I sat in on one of their sessions at the hotel the night before where Larry was doing critiques of member's images, and he was just so great. So helpful, and he works so hard to make each workshop or symposium a really great experience for ISAP members. I'm proud to have been a member for nearly 10 years now, and I just can't say enough great things about them. Here's their official site — go give 'em a look, and hopefully I'll see you at one of their workshops in the future (I've taught sessions at a number of their workshops in the past).
They hold them all over the country, and the vibe at their events reminds me of Photoshop World — it feels like old friends and family getting together. Everybody is so supportive, and willing to share, and help, and laugh, and love every minute of it. Plus, the access! I don't know how Larry does it, but he gets his members access to planes, and locations, and events you'd never get any other way. I think it's a testament to the trust Larry has built up within the aviation industry. They love and respect what he does, and he treats them the same way. It's a very special organization.
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