55th Post

Well I haven’t posted in a very long time and I apologize for that.  Just been rather busy photographing some aircraft for some clients of mine.  Last week, I photographed a Lear Jet for a client, and the week before I photographed a Beechcraft King Air, for another client.  Today, Dallas/Fort Worth is reporting 107 degrees and I photographed a Cessna Citation CJ1.

Thank the Lord that the CJ1 had air conditioning!  The King Air two weeks ago, had no air conditioning, and although I photographed it at 7:00 a.m., it was already very hot and muggy in the cabin, especially with no air circulating whatsoever.

I’ll try and post some photos from all three shoots later on this week.  Sorry this one is so short, just wanted to let all of my “many” fans and followers, I haven’t died.

Yet, that is.




53rd Blog

I’m working today on getting about 30 photographs printed, in order to actually have a physical portfolio of my work, as I go visit with prospective clients about my aviation photography.

A physical portfolio is good, so people can more or less, “touch” the photos and see how nice they look in a printed format.

I’ve uploaded 30 photos to my printing lab and I’ll go pick them up on Monday.  Either later today or tomorrow afternoon, I guess I’ll venture over to Hobby Lobby and see what kind of portfolio/binder I can put the photographs in, to present to prospective clients.  The photographs are being printed in an 8 x 10 format, so I’ll also have to purchase some type of protective sleeves for the prints, as well.

Here are a couple of examples of what I’m printing out.  Hope you like them.

52nd blog

I think this is my 52nd blog, somewhere along the way, I lost count, a little bit, so I might be plus one or minus one.

Last week at this moment, I was getting ready for my trip to Sacramento, California, as I had been hired to be the Official Photographer of Classic Jet Tours Enthusiasts flight on Saturday, May 26th on a DC-8, jet.   This aircraft was flown by ATI, or Air Transport International LLC, which is primarily a cargo carrier, yet they have a couple of DC-8’s that are called “Combi” aircraft, which means both cargo AND passengers fly on the main deck of the aircraft.  There are many DC-8’s that used to fly passengers around during the 60’s and 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, but now earn their living flying freight around the world.  Here in  the United States, ATI is the only carrier still operating the DC-8.  UPS quit flying them a few years ago, but they did have a large fleet of them, at one point and time.

Classic Jet Tours was founded about two years ago by a young man named Sean Burris.  His company hired me last year to be the Official Photographer on their first flight, which was a BAC-111.  That was a great trip and I knew this would be no exception.

This DC-8 was built in 1968 at the Douglas Aircraft factory in Long Beach, California.  This particular plane was first delivered to SAS Airlines, it has also flown with Thai Airways and I believe the Royal Thai Air Force before coming to ATI.  Our flight was going to be from McClellan Airport (MCC), which was formerly a United States Air Force base, and we were going to fly the jet down to Long Beach, California and take a quick tour to the factory where this jet was built.

The jet only holds 30 passengers in the rear area of the aircraft, and the cargo hold is forward from the passenger compartment, but we did not have any freight on our plane, it was strictly a pleasure flight.  There were numerous people who had come to Sacramento from far away places as Switzerland, Norway, United Arab Emirates and Holland, to name a few countries.

This particular plane has the original engines in them, while many DC-8’s that continue to fly have been fitted with newer, more fuel efficient engines, and much quieter engines.  When we took off from MCC to LGB, it was very loud, but being an aviation enthusiast, we all loved the sound of that beast of an aircraft taking us down the runway.

After about an hour and 15 minute flight we landed at the Long Beach Airport and took a quick tour over to the former factories where these jets, along with their smaller brother, the DC-9 family was built.  It was really sad to see such large, beautiful buildings that used to produce such outstanding aircraft no longer have any activity inside of them.

We also were able to see the “World Famous” Fly Douglas Jets neon sign.  After the short tour of the factory buildings, we re-boarded the aircraft and flew back to McClellan Airport and we were then able to walk around the aircraft for a very long time and photograph it.

Here are some of my photos from the journey, I hope you enjoy them.

48th Post

I had a good week and I hope everyone else did, as well.

On Monday, I had a shoot with a Cessna Citation III and boy was it hot inside that airplane.  I am going to have to ask future clients to please make sure to turn on the air conditioners in the aircraft as I photograph them, especially now that summer is going to be raising the temperature up even higher in those cabins.  I was literally soaking wet when I finished photographing the interior of the aircraft as it was inside a hangar, and of course, no air was circulating inside the hangar, or the cabin of the jet.

I am posting a few of the interior shots, and I am still working on the exterior shots; I’ll post some of them as soon as I have them finished.  Hope you enjoy viewing these, it is a very nice looking aircraft.


46th Post

I took all that I wrote on this blog and have deleted it.

I do not want to be negative about any of my shoots and any of my previous clients.  My apologies if I have offended anyone.

I will only post good stories from now on.  The hard lessons I learn, I will keep to myself as confidentiality is a very important part of this industry I am in.  I learned some tough, but valuable lessons from this; and I will get back up on the horse and ride again.

Thanks to a good friend who told me to remove the negative story.  I appreciate his friendship, his wise counsel and for being a big supporter of what I am trying to do by becoming a better person, a better man and a better Christian.

Enjoy the photos.


44th Blog

Well according to Word Press, I have 44 blogs/posts to my credit, so only 156 more to become relevant in the blog word, according to what someone told me.  They said to be even noticed in the blog world, you need 200 blogs, so I am about 1/4 of the way there.

Here are a few more shots from my recent corporate jet shoot with two Embraer Legacy jets, as well as a Lear Jet 60.

I kept trying to find the gear shift on this baby, so I could reverse it out of the hangar and go take it for a spin.  But I couldn’t find it.  LOL !!  I don’t know how to fly any type of aircraft, I’m just joking.  How I would love to go up in the skies for a ride in this beautiful corporate jet, though.  Totally different environment versus an American Eagle or Continental Express flight, as both of those airlines use this type of jet in regional airline operations.

Hope you enjoy the photos.