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A Different Kind of Bird (Up the Irons!)

Boeing 747-400 "Ed Force One" on final approach to Denver International Airport, April 12, 2016.
Boeing 747-400 “Ed Force One” on final approach to Denver International Airport, April 12, 2016.

It’s not every day that Iron Maiden comes to town in their custom jet! I had the opportunity to watch the 747-400 “Ed Force One” arrive in Denver yesterday afternoon. For those of you unfamiliar with the jet, it’s piloted by the lead singer of the band, Bruce Dickinson, who’s a licensed commercial pilot.

Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 AFS G VRII Nikkor
1/1000s f/5.6 ISO 64 (hand-held)

My recommended gear for photographing aircraft and airshows

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Kauai Daybreak

Sunrise on Kauai, Hawaii.
Sunrise on Kauai, Hawaii (click to enlarge).

I recently returned from a family vacation. Although I mostly took snapshots, I did bring my Gitzo 1-series tripod for the occasional sunrise photo. Here’s the eastern shore of Kauai at sunrise, captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 and 10-24mm f/4 OIS Fujinon lens. The combination of the 18-135mm and 10-24mm lenses made for a great travel kit. Most of the time I shot with the 18-135mm, but in this instance I used the wider zoom to get the great perspective of the sky and ocean. Because I had my tripod, I was able to stop down to f/11 and get a 1/30s exposure, causing the motion blur in the waves. I really like the way the water blurs just enough to give this image a dynamic feeling.

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Sometimes you gotta have a little fun!

Jumping for joy at Cloud Gate, Chicago, IL.
Jumping for joy at Cloud Gate, Chicago, IL.

While scouting Chicago for next year’s Digital Underground photo tour, we stopped at Millennium Park to visit the ever-popular Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a., The Bean). Talk about a place for selfies! Everyone was doing them, so I decided to join in the fun.

I set my Nikon D810 on my Gitzo tripod near the ground, and used my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR lens. I used the self-timer feature to capture this shot. It took a few tries to get a good one.

Have fun out there! I’m heading off to fabulous Las Vegas for a Digital Underground tour this week.

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