Pilot Portrait

I needed to do some photos of pilot and airplane broker Steve Weaver in Buckhannon. We wanted to use this older plane because it fit the story we were illustrating, and it happened that he was selling it to someone who was flying in to pick it up. So as soon as the buyer showed up and took a look at the plane, we took it down to the end of the runway for some shots. The sun was just beginning to break through the overcast, behind and to the left of the plane. I put up two SB strobes on stands with Cactus V4 radio slaves, one on full power and the other from 1/2 to 1/8 power, and shot quickly so the buyer could have his plane back. First frame to last was 10 minutes.



Not happy about the shadow cast on the plane, I moved the main light on the right a bit  behind Steve.


Took this portrait with an old 55mm Micro-Nikkor. Manual focus!


For the in-cockpit shot, I put the main flash on the far side pointing in through the window.




It really helps to have a good-looking subject that’s comfortable in front of the camera. 🙂

1 Response to “Pilot Portrait”

  1. 1 Robin
    November 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Wow. I *really* like that first photo! (The others are good, too.)

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