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Aerial Photography Anyone?

by John M. White |

Yesterday I wrote about taking some photographs at "The Air Zoo" in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and I received an interesting question from a reader. The question related to aerial photography, and if my wife would be willing to write a post or two about aerial photography. Today is grandkids day, so getting my wife to sit down and write a post today is not in the cards; however, she has agreed to write a couple, and shortly I will publish them for everyone to see. In the meantime, let me give you a taste of what it is like to work with a professional photographer. First and foremost, I had to "pass inspection" before we headed off to The Air Zoo. This consisted of making sure the camera batteries were charged, that I had a tripod, the camera manual and a flash unit. Once we arrived and I set up the tripod to take my first series of photographs, I quickly discovered what perfection is all about. We discussed automatic, manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and exposure compensation before I took the first photograph. Now, I always thought I was reasonably intelligent, but with all of these terms flying at me, and her making an adjustment or 20, and pretty soon I was as confused as a chicken with a fox in the coop! But, she slowed down, and I began to get some clue as to what I was trying to accomplish. I hope to publish the first of the photos next week, and I think you will all enjoy them a lot. Included with the photograph will be details as to camera body, lens, camera settings and what I did to get the photograph into its final state. Aerial Photography by All Things Aviation In the meantime, click on the photograph on the right to see something really special. This is a photograph my wife took from her Piper J3 Cub with a Canon Rebel while I flew the airplane. It is a photograph of a General Motors plant on the Grand River in Lansing, Michigan. If you like the photos, perhaps you would like to make a paper airplane model of the Piper J3 Cub from which these photos were taken. You can get one for only $ 5.95 at Piper J3 Cub down loadable Paper Airplane. Let me know what you think. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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