Friday, November 02, 2007

The Wild Grey Yonder

Say Goodbye To Gravity

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


There is nothing like outdoor photography to test your own boundaries. Indoors, you can control all the parameters. Outdoors, you are forced to use your own initiative to make the best of the existing weather conditions. When I saw this Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet, I took a series of shots from the aircraft's nose, using a variety of unusual angles. I was walking away from the aircraft when I stopped on the tarmac, turned around to admire its clean lines - and saw another opportunity to frame the open cockpit canopy against a moody sky. Just goes to prove - even when you think you've got the best shots, there's still one you haven't captured.

16 comments:

NorthBayPhoto said...

Very nice photograph.

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whodatdare said...

I love this shot, David. You always find some interesting angle from which to shoot and have an incredible eye! Is this the same jet from earlier when you took a shot of the nose of the aircraft?

imac said...

Hit the nail right on the head there David. You certainly got that one nailed lol. wot a fab shot.

skywriter said...

re: comments on skywritings.

I would be absolutely honoured to be on your blogroll. Beautiful photography and writing and I will have to check out your books. Since I started attempting to write myself I noticed my own reading has fallen off, just not enough hours in the day, and I miss it.

As far as flying I have 18,200 hours, flew as Captain on 7 jets, and number among my favorite planes the T-39 and the Piper Cub.

Sometimes, now that the industry has stabilised a bit I think of going back to it for my last 16 years working but. . nah. . I'm having too much fun and I like that steady paycheck.
Cheers
"Scully"

Mary said...

David,

I love photography, but am only an amateur. I love this shot of the cockpit against the sky. There's always a different angle or another shot.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my Thankful Thursday post. Now I'm off to explore your blog further.

Merisi said...

A beautiful photograph! :-)
Even though, more often than not, my first shot turns out to be the best of the lot, I agree with your counsel wholeheartedly. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you should have gone for one more.

dot said...

You always come up with something a little different! Very nice photo!

Oswegan said...

I would much rather be outside.

It seems much harder to me to control white balance indoors than outdoors - I think because of the strange and inconsistent light that incandescent lamps put off.

Nice shot.

~Oswegan

Lori said...

There are so many layers to appreciating this photo.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your comment made my day!

Nap Warden said...

Really cool shot! This post reminds me that I don't take enough pictures...bad me!

Lin said...

David, you are so right. Some of my best ones have been parting shots. I suppose a number of people could attest to that.

Suzi-k said...

very cool

katherine. said...

I really enjoyed this photo...

Max-e said...

Nice one David - I really like it.

Corey~living and loving said...

wow! Love this photo. Totally rocks!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

One of my problems is I start to walk away or drop the camera as the shot is being taken. Not a steady hand.