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Photographing North American B25J Mitchell Bomber at the AirZoo

by John M. White |  | 1 comment

My wife happens to be someone I taught to fly and later in life married, which has made for an interesting life. Not only is she an accomplished pilot, but an outstanding photographer as well. I asked her to help me learn how to properly photograph airplanes, and this photograph of a North American B25J Mitchell Bomber at the Kalamazoo AirZoo is one of my first attempts. I have been working with her as she develops her own website at Real Kids Photography, and as I have worked with her I noticed that her photographs were different than the kind I took. She loves little children, and taking photographs of them in their innocence is her passion, but the photographs she takes are interesting. As I studied them I noticed that, unlike my photographs, hers were framed differently, used light differently, had more interest and somehow drew my eyes to just exactly what she wanted to in her photographs. So we took a trip to the AirZoo in Kalamazoo, MI, and I selected my first subject: the North American B25J Mitchell Bomber. Now, Betty is very precise in the way she sets up the camera, how she frames the subject, and the settings to use on the camera. Below you will find my first attempt at taking a good photograph of an airplane. The camera settings I used are as follows:
  • I used a tripod;
  • Shutter speed was set at 0.6 seconds;
  • Exposure was set at f/8;
  • The ISO setting was 400;
  • I used no flash;
  • The lens was a 28-135mm auto focus lens.
Here is the photograph: North American B25J Mitchell Bomber I would really appreciate any comments you might have to offer regarding my first attempt. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 War is a nasty, dirty, rotten business. It's all right for the Navy to blockade a city, to starve the inhabitants to death. But there is something wrong, not nice, about bombing that city. — Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris. ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

Comments (1)

  • Stuart Martindale on June 24, 2019

    Hi JetAviator7,

    well even though the exposure’s OK, the rest f the photograph says absolutely nothing to me. The compositions poor, in fact it looks like you’ve just gone click.

    Next time you try a shoot then think about what catches your eye with the subject matter.

    On the B25 it could be the nose art, for example however we only see part of it and don’t know if we’re being guided to that area.

    The ground handler detracts from the subject and there’s no perception of depth with the image.

    If I were shooting the same I’d try a really low perspective, to make the aircraft look even more menacing and aim to be 45 deg from the side of the nose.

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