407R at Dusk & Whelen Aviation

A few months ago I went out to Dulles Airport to shoot some photos for use in Whelen Aviation’s 2011 Lighting Catalog, which is now available online as a PDF. This shot (one of my favorites) ended up on page 9, along with a few more of my images on pages 41, 54, and 55. I have some other photos from this shoot that I’ll post later on, most likely to my other photoblog on Tumblr. Overall the project was a fun creative challenge, and many thanks to Whelen for featuring my work!

407R over Rosslyn

On the morning of the Marine Corps Marathon I put my camera in a backpack and got on my bike. You really can’t beat biking around a major city on roads have been closed to all vehicular traffic. However, one thing that probably tops it is flying over a major city in a helicopter, which is what my Dad was doing at the time for the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office. After a few hours of pedaling around taking photos I got a call saying they would be resuming their air patrol after refueling, and I gave him my location for a fly-by. I got this shot right as they flew past the Memorial Bridge with the Rosslyn skyline stretching out behind them.

Technical note: unlike the other HDRs here so far, this one was developed from a single RAW file since the helicopter was moving way too fast to get three exposures that would line up properly. The best example of where the tonemapping process brings out detail in this photograph is the Sheriff star underneath the helicopter, which is completely blacked out in the “correctly exposed” original JPEG.

Next week: Dogs and Cats

Afternoon at the Airfield

This private runway has always fascinated me when I pass it on Route 50 in Loudoun County. What freedom, I thought, to have your own airstrip cut out of the woods and available at your convenience. Late one afternoon as I was driving by I decided to stop and take some pictures of the Cessna parked at the end of the field, with Runway 36 stretching off into the distance at the left of the photograph.

While editing this photo I also found a site that has a really interesting overview of the history of this airfield, which you can see here.