I hope you don’t mind a short post today. I’ve just recovered from a sore throat and laryngitis that I somehow caught in spite of all our pandemic precautions. It wasn’t serious and I’m feeling fine now, but I didn’t get a chance to go on any photo excursions last week.
Anyway, I made this image about a month ago in a favorite spot along the Indian River in Titusville.
It was a good morning
It’s on the western shore, just south of Veterans Memorial Park. The light was changing that morning and I managed to make several photos that I like. For this one, I exposed one frame for the foreground and bracketed three more for the sky. I adjusted them in Lightroom and merged all four manually in Photoshop.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Take care of yourselves and each other. And when you can – make some photos!
Veterans Day is still a few days away, but since I only publish once a week, I’m going to jump the gun.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is approaching again and here in the US, we’ll observe Veterans Day. We should keep it in mind all year as a reminder of the debt we owe to every Veteran for protecting us and our freedom with their courage, sacrifice, and service.
View from Veterans Memorial Park, Titusville, Florida
I’d like to share a few quotes that are more eloquent than anything I might come up with.
“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.”
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
Sunrise over the docks – Veterans Memorial Park, Titusville, Florida
The photos in this post were made at Veterans Memorial Park in Titusville. I used to enjoy stopping by there for a sunrise photo on the way to MINWR. It was damaged in Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the piers and seawall have been fenced off since then. I’ve stopped every once in a while to check on it, but hadn’t made any photos there. Until recently.
The fence is as ugly as ever, but I managed to poke my lens through and over the top of it for a couple of compositions. I thought they’d make good additions to a post about Veterans.
I searched online for news about this park, but didn’t see anything that was recent. Until it’s repaired, we’ll have to wait to get back out on those docks – and keep working around that fence.
Here’s a portrait of a young Wood Stork in Parrish Park, Titusville from a few weeks ago. I think these birds are interesting and I like the sharp focus and the blurred background isolating the subject.
A portrait of a stork as a young bird
You don’t often see these in urban settings and I’d never spotted one before I got more into wildlife photography here in Florida around 2006. Adults don’t have feathers on their head and upper neck, so this one with its feathers up there mostly gone is a young adult.
Anyway, the reason I wanted to show you this is because this photo reminded me again just how lucky all of us photographers are to be able to use modern cameras and lenses.
The detail you can see in this crop is amazing! There are clouds reflected in its eye and you can easily see sharp individual feather barbules! I guess my point is, get out your camera gear and use it. You might be surprised by what it reveals.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Hang in there, cherish your friends and loved ones, and take care of each other. And if you can – make some photos!
For 39 years, the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville has hosted the TICO Warbird Airshow. I’ve heard a lot about it over the years, but hadn’t ever been until my friend Van asked me if I wanted to go with him to this year’s version on March 13 at the Space Coast Regional Airport.
North American B-25 Mitchell bomber flight demo
There was a 50% chance of rain, but the downpour held off for us. I liked the overcast conditions – the clouds made more interesting backgrounds than plain blue sky would have. The forecast may have helped with the crowds too – we found easy parking and a place up front near the demo area.
The planes were mostly older ones, some dating back to World War I:
Snoopy and the Red Baron – WW I aircraft flight demo
Other aircraft flight demos included B-29, F/A-18s, F-16s, MiG 17, F4U Corsair, A-4C Skyhawk, P-51, T-33, F-104, UH-1, and AH-1. They also had static displays including the A-6, F-14, A-10, and S-2 that were in the service when I was (way back when!)
Grumman S-2 static display
Parachute demos, helicopter and airplane rides, and even war-games were also big attractions.
Wargames – World War II Sherman tank on the move. The Germans lost again.
So, a lot to see and photograph. Here are some things to consider if you go:
You’ll mostly need a telephoto lens. Even when flying over the demo area, you’ll want to make the aircraft as large in your viewfinder as possible. I used a 200 – 600mm equivalent lens.
Practice your panning and don’t frame too tight. If you’re not careful, sudden maneuvers (there’s a lot of them) could cut off portions of the planes. A zoom lens helps with the framing.
When photographing the jets, leave even more room – they move fast!
A normal or wide-angle lens will be nice for the static displays. Or use your telephoto for up close details.
Use continuous autofocus
Check your histogram often to make sure the sky in the background isn’t fooling your camera’s exposure meter.
Vary the shutter speed. Try for some photos where the props are blurred, but make sure you keep the airframe itself sharp.
Wear a hat and use sunscreen. Even in the cloudy conditions we had, I got too much sun.
Bring folding chairs or scout out seating areas. We sat up front with excellent visibility.
It was a great show – I’m glad Van invited me! Unfortunately, you’ve missed it for this year – but be ready 2017 or go to another airshow in your area. And during the rest of the year Central Florida folks can stop by the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum – check their website for info.
Click on the photos in this post to see larger versions on Flickr, and I’ve posted more photos from this event in this album.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!