Monday, September 26, 2011

Antigo Airshow, Sept. 24 2011

Langlade County Airport. An overcast day, but some nice shots (and a bunch of very gray ones...).
Album at:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Aeroshell Team at Night

The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team flies through their own smoke at Thunder on the Lakeshore 2011:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Balloons Over MTW

The balloons floating in before Saturday's night show at Thunder Over the Lakeshore airshow in June 2011 at Manitowoc, WI:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kirby Chambliss gives us the time during his routine...

During his last pass of the Sunday show, Kirby Chambliss helps the photographers know the time by holding up his watch...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fifi looming over the West Ramp at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Planes, Trucks, and Flames...

Monday's Team Chaos finale - Gary Ward races his MX2 against Neil Darnell's Jet-Truck with Rich's Incredible Pyro providing the backdrop:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Zeppelin at Sunset

Saturday evening between the afternoon and night airshows, the Zeppelin came out to "strut its stuff" in front of the crowd:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kent Pietsch at Oshkosh

Here's a shot of Kent Pietsch taxing in after his performance with the tail of the Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet up in the air. He seems to be having a good time!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Just before going to Oshkosh I got a new ultra-wide-angle lens (a Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM).
I spent a couple of evenings wandering around the flight-line exploring the new perspective of a 108° field-of-view.

This is one of the more successful shots I got as I am learning to look at things very differently:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oshkosh Pictures

I have started uploading photos from the EAA's 2011 edition of AirVenture.
Right now there are only a few photos in the album, but I will be adding more as I work through my collection of photos.

The photo below was one I was able to grab in between tasks when I was working on Rich and Dee Gibson's Bill Barber Award winning Rich's Incredible Pyro team:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wide-Angle Cirrus at Morey Airport

I just bought a Sigma 8-16mm wide-angle lens for my crop-sensor Canon bodies. After a couple of days of cloudy gray weather things cleared up and I got out to my favorite local airport in Middleton (WI) and took some shots of the parked planes. Here is one of a Cirrus. There is also an album with a couple more shots in it.

I'm really looking forward to trying it out on the planes at the AirVenture Cup race in Dayton next weekend, and AirVenture the following week.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

TotL Week - Day 7

One of the great aspects of Thunder on the Lakeshore is that it runs all day. In the early morning there is a balloon launch, and after the airshow there is a party and the balloons setup again at the air-field for a "balloon glow". This photo captures Vlado Lenoch's beautiful P-51D "Moonbeam McSwine" reflelecting the light from the balloons.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TotL Week - Day 6

The Heritage Flight is one of my favorite things at airshows. At Thunder on the Lakeshore, the "banana pass" that opens the flight is right in front of the main crowd.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TotL Week - Day 5

This is an F-18 doing a touch-and-go at Thunder on the Lakeshore in 2009.
This year the "fast mover" military jet will be the Air Force's F-16 "Viper".

Monday, May 30, 2011

TotL Week - Day 4

Dan Buchan is another regular at Thunder on the Lakeshore (although he isn't listed as a performer this year).
Dan flies an amazing routine in his hang-glider.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

TotL Week - Day 3

In 2009 Micheal Goulian flew at Thunder on the Lakeshore. I've already posted another shot from an air-to-air session he was gracious enough to arrange, but I thought one more wouldn't hurt...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

TotL Week - Day 2

Every year Manitowoc's Thunder on the Lakeshore airshow brings in one "headline" performer to compliment their exceptional set of "regulars". In 2009 Kyle Franklin brought his Super-Cub along with team-members Brandon Spain and Andy Roso. Add in a high-power motorcycle and there's a great act!
This photo made the cover of Midwest Flyer Magazine, accompanying my article about the show.

Friday, May 27, 2011

TotL Week - Day 1

One of the regulars at Thunder on the Lakeshore (TotL) is John Mohr who makes his stock Stearman biplane do absolutely amazing things. Check out how close he is to the runway in this pass! There is no optical-illusion here - you can see the shadow of the wingtip and tail-wheel on the tarmac.

Thunder on the Lakeshore Week!

The Thunder on the Lakeshore airshow (which I often abbreviate as "TotL") is coming up in a week. It is my favorite show of the season. While it's on the small side, they are going into their 19th year and have built up a set of strong relationships with the airshow community. There are a number of impressive "regulars" (many who have been with the show since it started) including: John Mohr, Fowler Cary, Jim "Fang" Maroney, and the Dacy Airshows crew (among others). The airboss is Wayne Boggs, who's "other" shows are Sun 'n Fun and EAA's Airventure.

I've already posted three photos from the airshow in this blog, yesterday, May 3rd, and May 5th, but for the next week there will be a new photo from previous year's shows and I'm hopeful that on Friday and Saturday next week I will be able to post at least one shot from each day's airshow (that may be tough, as the show runs from early morning until late night, without much free time...).

Check out their Facebook page for more photos and information about the show.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

John Klatt at MTW

Here's a shot of John Klatt flying down the runway just before sunset at the 2008 Thunder on the Lakeshore airshow.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OSH Towers

2008 was the first year that Oshkosh's new control tower was in operation for the AirVenture convention. It was also the last year the old brick tower would be standing. Because of this unique situation, I spent some time taking photographs of both towers; there are more in a gallery devoted to those two buildings.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Proofs from Lake Ripley!

Last Sunday I spent an enjoyable day on the water photographing the CRAW Flashlight Regatta on Lake Ripley, near Cambridge, WI. It's a small lake, and the winds were pretty gusty, making for exciting time for the racers.
All I've had a chance to do is create an album of proofs using the "from camera" JPEGs.
You can see the entire sequence of shots for the photo below starting at here.

Raptor at OSH

2008 was the third year that the F-22 Raptor was a featured performer at EAA's AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, WI. Clear skies and humidity made for a dramatic show on Friday.
There are more photos in my 2008 Airventure gallery.

Monday, May 23, 2011

2006 NACRA NAs

After shooting some CRAW regattas in 2005, I was invited to the 2006 NACRA North-Americans. I got to spend much of the week out on-the-water, and one afternoon doing something I really enjoy: hanging out the door of a helicopter.
There are more photos in my 2006 NACRA NAs gallery.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Red Tail P-51 at OSH

Here's a photo of the Red Tail Project's P-51C being flown by Doug Rozendaal during the 2009 EAA AirVenture airshow. I really like how the lighting makes the plane pop off the darker background.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

F-18 Week - Day 7

Wednesday, the windward mark was just outside the mouth of the Racine harbor:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

F-18 Week - Day 5

There was lots of close racing at the windward mark:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

F-18 Week - Day 4

Here regatta winners Mischa Heemskerk and Carrie Howe show their upwind form.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

F-18 Week - Day 1

Are we having fun?!!!
Welcome to the first day of "F-18 Week", featuring photos from the 2010 F-18 NAs.
There are more photos in the 2010 Racine Catamaran Challenge gallery, and lots of information about the class at their new website:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 7

Ron Sherry powers through a drift coming into the leeward mark sailing with one of Matt Struble's sails at the 2008 Great Western Challenge Regatta:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 6

A DN iceboat sits in the sun waiting to go sailing:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 5

John "JD" Dennis shows his outstanding boat-handling skills as he flies a runner down the short front-straight at the 2009 Fire on Ice races.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 4

Jakob Schneider at the 2008 Great Western Challenge Regatta:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 3

Not really an iceboat, but close enough....
Daniel Hearn flys across a parking lot in his Blokart:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 2

Louis Austin throws up snow at the 2008 Ice-Optimist North-American Championship Regatta:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Iceboat Week - Day 1

Mike Miller gets ready to enter the corner on the short-track at the inaugural running of the "Johnson Cup" during the 2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival.