Planes of Fame A6M5 Zero

Planes of Fame flew their Zero a few weeks ago, unfortunately the day was overcast and foggy and the aerial images weren’t the best. I took a few of it on the ground and did the best I could with those in the air. This is a famous zero that has been in movies and has the honor of being the last original one. The day was very hazy, but I was out there with my A9ii and 200-600 with 1.4x tele extender. I ended up using quite a bit of dehaze in Lightroom to get the shots to look anywhere near decent. Beautiful plane would have loved for the day to have been better.

2021 Props and Hops Beer Festival

This past weekend I attended the Props and Hops festival down at the Palm Springs Air Museum. What more could you ask for beer and warbirds. I didn’t take my full camera kit as we were only in one part of the museum. However I did mess around with some shots during the festival with my iPhone. Being up close with an F-14 Tomcat was kind of nice. Also the beer was really good to, need to make some more trips down to desert as there are some nice places.

P-40 Warhawk flyover at Planes of Fame

Saturday Planes of Fame did another one of their flyovers. This time it was their war tested P-40 Warhawk that had seen in action in WW2. They took the plane up and did a couple of passes over the crowd.

Additional Astrophotography in Joshua Tree

Went back over the 4th of July weekend to take some shots. Unfortunately the cloud cover caused the shots to not be perfect. However I think there are some good ones that I was fairly happy with it. I did some additional edits to them to make them look a little better and take out some of the highlights and fix some of the issues that I did see in them. All shot with the my Sony A7Riv and the 16-35 F4 lens.

Topaz Denoise AI is wonderful

On a chance I purchased the Topaz Denoise plugin for Lightroom. I have to say I am very happy with what it has done so far for me. I was out shooting this weekend in low light at the Bolsa Chica Reserve. It meant I was going to have some high iso shots so I am really looking forward to going through and fixing some of these shots and making them look even better. Here’s an example of an ISO 10000 shot that I did, the original isn’t bad, but it is noisy. I ran it through Topaz and chose the clear option and it looks so much better.


Joshua Tree Astrophotography

I signed up for a class at Samy’s camera to go out and do Astrophotography. I drove down and met up with everyone at Joshua Tree on a Saturday night and we shot until the wee hours of the morning. It was interesting to do some different type of photography and to get some what I thought were good shots of the Milky Way Galaxy. These shots were at 20s, 6400ISO 16mm with the Sony A7Riv and the 16-35 F4 lens. I think took them into Lightroom and only did some edits with cropping, but left the photo mostly as is.

Corsair in the Air and Photo Edit

Planes of Fame, took their Corsair up into the air last year before the pandemic. I was out shooting it from the ground and decided to go back through and edit some of the photos. Unfortunately for California we don’t get anything fun for the sky except blue and bright. Below is the shot as I originally took it, kind of dark and not very attractive. This was with the A6500 and the 100-400 lens. This was a handhold at 1/320 as the plane was going overheard.

Below is after I did an auto apply for settings and then tweaked the exposure a little bit. I also cropped in and then added a little vignette to bring the plane into the center.

T-28 and P-51 at Planes of Fame

Over the past weekend, the Planes of Fame Air Museum decided to fly the T-28 and P-51 over the weekend. I was lucky enough to be able to go out and get some shots of the planes in the air and on the ground. It was a beautiful if a bit overcast day, but it was nice to be back in the air museum and out having fun. I was out with my A9ii and my 100-400 with the 1.4x Extender. Still working on my panning throughout the whole experience and trying to get lower my shutter speed as I keep shooting in preparation for one of the many air shows coming up.