Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase
Mooney M201 VH- SJT Line Astern Off Fremantle Western Australia
Canon EOS 400D. Image rotated and cropped; no other changes.
Ballad of the Bavarian Banner
In many countries in Europe, it became popular to tow banners commercially using Microlights. The twist is that one can taxi and take off with the banner already attached to the airplane. There is even a patent for it and a cachet. And it is 100% legal! The picture depicts a Flight Design CT towing an EAA banner over the airfield of Jesenwang (EDMJ), west of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. I persuaded the company I'm working with to donate this banner to EAA, together with the towing equipment. Unfortunately, EAA never flew it, and now it is all back in Germany.
Picture was taken with a little Canon Ixus 9515. I only touched it up a little in Photoshop to fix the in-motion unsharpness.
Goodyear Blimp at 9 o'Clock
No manipulation at all. Picture taken at LIMB on April 28, 2011. Photo taken from a CAP 10 during take-off.
Fun Over the Hills
Cessna 140 breaking formation, near the Gatineau Hills of Quebec, Canada. Taken using a Nikon D200 with 70-200mm, f/2.8. VR from a Cessna 172 photo ship.
... And They're Off and Running!
Air-to-air shot of the Farmers Zeppelin and a C-150 flown by Butch Bejna. This odd formation flight was briefed by all three pilots and accomplished with wide safety margins. Can you fly at 40 knots?
Ed. Note: Thanks to Butch, Lee, and John for correcting the spelling of Butch's name — and the ID of his Cessna!
Highway 82 Bridge Over the Mighty Miss.
Image has been enhanced in Photoshop Elements. Picture taken with a Sony DSC-9.
Cirrus at Marble Canyon, AZ
Deer Valley Flying club Cirrus at L41, one of the 77 beautiful paved public Arizona airports I have landed at.
Bird on a Blade
Sunset at Cable Airport, Upland, California, after AirFaire. A bird roosted on the rotorblade after the aircraft secured for the night. No manipulations.
Beautiful evening on Lake Ada in Northern Minnesota. Jumped in the Lake, flew to the lake, landed the Lake on the lake, then climbed out of the Lake and into the lake. Priceless.
This is simply the nose of a Vintage Wings' Hawker Hurricane with reproduction prop sticker. It was shot in Hamilton, Ontario. Kodak M753. There have been no manipulations to this photo.
Let's Get Started — In 1930 or 2011?
Craig MacVeigh's "new" 1930 Aeronca C-2N at Arlington 2011, being propped by Aeronca restorer/award winner Ron Englund.
The Glory View of Flying
Rainbows can also be circles when seen from the air. If you're lucky, you can see a double (or even triple). What makes this type of rainbow special is that it can only be seen from the aircraft and is also known as a "glory." Photo is completely unedited, shot from my Cessna 310 close to Fairbanks with a Canon Powershot 710.
Baron and Balloon
Keith Griffith was running up his Baron right when the balloon came from behind me. It startled me because I heard the burner before I saw it and thought something was seriously wrong with the Baron. Shot with my Samsung Epic camera phone; no editing. Longmont, Colorado.
New Richmond Regional Airport (KRNH)
New Richmond Regional Airport in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Looking from north to south.
Cessna T-50 Bobcat
1944 Cessna T-50 Bobcat at Mexico Farms Airport in Cumberland, Maryland, 2011. Camera: Canon EOS30D. Photoshop used for resizing only.
Amphibian Electric Lazair Kramer
I am working on a video for YouTube. This is Dale Kramer, glider champion. He has soared with his manufactured Lazair kit for 2 hours, 45 minutes. This is [a still from] Sony DSC-R1, straight out of the camera and reduced in size. Keuka Lake, New York.
My grandson's reaction at his first view of the beautiful B-36 at the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio. Photo taken on July 18, 2011 with my Canon G11.
The cockpit of The Collings Foundation's P-51 Betty Jane. Enhanced with Adobe Lightroom 2.
Straight to the Clouds
This image was taken from another glider in flight between the Leman Lake and the Jura Mountains. Photo taken with a Pentax K10D camera at 1/3000 sec, F 11, focal length 133mm. The original file was just reduced to under 1MB.
Stearman N4497N, restored and flown by owner Jeff Jordan of Richmond, Indiana. Photo taken July 19, 2011 at the Hagerstown (Indiana) Fly-In. Image shot with a Canon 10D using their 28-135mm AF zoom lens, then cleaned up and cropped a bit in Photoshop.