As I was walking into a food store last week, I heard a large plane overhead. When I looked up, the coloring of the plane looked like Air Force One, but why would it be over Greensboro?
It was still flying when I left the store, so I quickly drove to the airport where a dozen or so cars had stopped to watch. The plane was doing “touch-and-go’s” (practice takeoffs and landings). Then I drove home even more quickly to get my camera and a couple of telephoto lenses. I love planes, and the possibility of getting some good shots of this famous aircraft was very exciting.
What made this a dream for a photographer is that it kept landing, taking off, and circling for about 45 minutes. I could position myself in different places and experiment until the shots were just right. If the president were on board, there was no way I could have gotten that close.
Now if they would only let me use that plane to take travelers to Europe on my next trip…
- Nikon D300
- Nikkor-AFS 300mm F/4 lens
- Shot at F/4 or 5.6, 1/1250 or 1/1600, ISO 400
- Captured in RAW with minor corrections in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS4