Aviation

San Diego Air and Space Museum

This past weekend Dad I were part of the ISAP convention down in San Diego. It was the tenth ISAP convention that they had and it was my first to attend. Not knowing what it was going to be like I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When we arrived Thursday night everyone already knew both us and instantly greeted us, it was just that nice of a group. After a great meal with the guys we went back to the convention hall to hear the last few speakers that evening then went off to prepare for the next day of shooting and I mean we were out for the whole day shooting!

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The first stop on the bus tour was the San Diego Air and space Museum which i had never been to before, at least not at any point that i could remember. Apparently, as Dad was telling me i had spent a lot of time in that area and at those museums when i was a squirt but i had to take his word on that. The Museum was actually very nice with lots of aircraft and knowledge. Upon arriving i said “that doesn’t look like an SR-71 Blackbird,” Dad says “no it is it’s far away.” As we got closer Jay Miller the former chairman of ISAP and truly the historian of the group said it’s not an SR-71 but an A-12 which is the SR-71 predecessor and the plane that set the speed record. Jay went on for a while with the history of the proving that he really knows his history.

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The main entry way had not only the gift shop but quite a few interesting planes and histories. One of which was the Spirit of St. Louis replica which Charles Lindbergh flew. Up above us was, well to be honest I never caught the name of that plane but the clean white circular ceiling made for a nice back drop. Now along with us at the convention was some of the Nikon guys one of whom I greatly enjoy being able to call a friend, Bill Fortney. He decided he wanted a photo with the bust so six of us helped out with the lighting including Jim Sugar who was attending the conference.

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As i wandered around inside i kept looking up. There were so many great planes above us that i wanted to capture as many as possible. Plus the ceiling provided a nice background with designs and graphic elements. The one that stood out the most was at the center of the complex, an outdoor inclosed area with fountains and shrubs, this giant room with planes. There was a PBY4, A4 Phantom, Super Cobra Helicopter and a Ford Trimotor. The ceiling was the background. The idea i had was to make the shot as clean as possible with all the leading lines coming together around the planes. I did this with a number of the planes but the PBY came out the best.

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As you can probably see from my images i wasn’t real imaginative with my shots. I kept looking for patterns and shapes and simple elements to bring together in my photographs. I just can’t get into photographing displays, it’s just not me. The San Diego Air and Space Museum turned out to be a great pick. Lots of information especially on WWI with a huge wing of prop planes and artifacts. It was a very impressive collection. That was the morning stop with two more along the way so you’ll just have to wait for the next exciting location.

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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