Jim has been away on an Aviation Photographer’s course. ‘Shoot’ is an opportunity for photographers to spend a weekend at Temora, combining a museum airshow weekend with a series of training seminars with every opportunity to put the lessons learned into practice.
A group of 15 travelled from far and wide to attend the third of these opportunities, staying two nights in a B&B in Temora and spending Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning at the museum.
The most confronting aspect was that cameras were to e strictly operated in manual mode for the duration. Indeed, the initial challenge was photography as night fell. As it was cloudy and overcast all weekend this presented some significant challenges.
Following the evening/night shoot, the next morning covered ground to ground and ground to air photography, including the challenges of photographing propeller aircraft with a natural looking prop blur. We were then let loose among the parked aircraft awaiting the show, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the fleet of rare warbirds based at Temora.
The show itself was difficult, as the flat light conspired to make difficult shooting conditions, even for the jet aircraft, where a faster shutter speed could be used.
The lessons did not stop with the airshow, however. Once the show was over we had the opportunity to find out how to photograph ‘talent’, in this case a couple of young lads in flying garb, with the aircraft.
After dinner together, the next morning found us receiving some useful tips on Photoshop processing of our images, followed by the opportunity to photograph inside the museum itself, with no ropes in the way, and with the opportunity to supplement the hangar lighting somewhat.
The gallery contains a selection of photos from the shoot. A great weekend all round, and some strong interest shown in ‘Two Up’ as well.