Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Air and Space Annex

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It’s now been exactly a month since we visited the Air and Space Annex in Dulles, VA, on our way home from New England.  This was our first visit to the annex, and I must say, it was impressive.  Unlike the main museum, the annex is spacious and wide open, with not just small aircraft, but very large examples of aviation milestones.  From the Enola Gay – (the B-29 that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb in combat – shown below, to the Dash-80 (the prototype for the Boeing 707 which introduced the jet engine to commercial flight), you could walk around and on the catwalks above the aircraft to see them from virtually any perspective.

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We visited the Annex after spending a few last hours at Gettysburg and the contrast between that battle and the impact of just one aircraft, the Enola Gay, was sobering.  In 1863, it took three days, 170,000 men and an unimaginable number of mini balls and artillery shells to kill less than 10,000.  82 years later, it took one aircraft, with one bomb, just a few seconds to kill an estimated 50,000 people.  What a stunning change in less than a century.

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On a more uplifting note, we can make another comparison with the space program.  in 1903, powered flight had yet to be achieved, most people were living on farms and the primary mode of transportation involved horses.  But in just 66 years, we had safely and successfully put men on the moon!  The 20th century, both good and bad, was an amazing time of innovation and progress.

Please feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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*Statistics courtesy Wikipedia
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Fine Art Series – Travels North Part 1: The Journey

We recently spent some time in the Northeast, photographing a variety of settings throughout New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia,  Today’s edition features our journey North.  As the sun rose over New Jersey (and with 16 hours of driving delirium under my belt), we traded seats, and I took to photographing the metropolis as it woke from sleep.  Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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Photo of the Day: Out of the Sunset!

Above is a composite photo I took recently while out in Destin for a wedding.  The aircraft are both old rotary-powered T-6 Texans  – there were several out that evening practicing maneuvers and formation flying from the nearby air force base.   Together with the amazing sunset silhouetting the aircraft, it made for some great photography conditions.  Unfortunately, the planes never quite got in the same frame as the sunset, so I took two photos from roughly the same time and combined them into this one image.  Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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Photo of the Day: It’s A Bird, A Plane, A Dolphine!

Another day – another photo.  This weekend we were pretty much jam-packed with shoots, but there was still just enough time to snap some really great little scenes here and there.  The photo above is of a Coast Guard Dolphine helicopter and power boat drilling in the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs – taken during a bit of down time on Friday.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: Look Out Below!!!

So, it seems this photo of the day thing is becoming more common…

Above is a photo I snapped while headed back from a commercial shoot is South Florida.  Part of the shoot was out in the Everglades, so we decided to take Rt 27 North to Lake Okeechobee.  On the way out from the lake, I saw this plane diving down toward the road at an alarming angle.  Thankfully, I recognized the body style as a crop duster, so I didn’t have a heart attack, crash, burn and die.

Instead, I pulled over, and started snapping away as the plane did a circling pattern over our heads.  Enjoy!

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Freebie HD Wallpaper – Washington & The Smithsonian!

Well, all good things must come to an end.  Unfortunately, that’s true for fine art photo adventures as well.  On our way back from our time in New England, we took a half day to do a whirlwind tour of DC.  In the 5 hours we were there, we visited the Capitol, Civil War Memorial, Air and Space Museum, and the Museum of Natural History.   Here’s a selection of our favorite photos from the trip!

Above is a photo of some bird (I have a really good memory).  Despite being perched on a branch, it is actually no longer living.  To the right is a really cool piece of history for a guy that loves both photography and aviation.  This is the actual camera used to photograph the Wright Brothers’ first flight.  All those famous pictures you’ve seen of those first flights were taken with this very camera!  Pretty cool stuff.

Below is one more photo from the session.  In focus is the legendary Bell X-1, the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound (in level flight) way back in 1950.  In the foreground is the North American X-15, This plane still holds the record for the fastest speed ever reached by a manned rocket-powered aircraft.  Enjoy the photos!

TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: simply click on the photo you like from the gallery below.  On the bottom right, click permalink.  Right above the photo is a link to the full resolution image (1280×720 is usually what it says).  Simply right click that link and save it to your preferred folder.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor – HD Wallpaper

“December 7th, 1941.  A date which will live in infamy.”

There are few words which so embody our memories of WWII as these words spoken by FDR.  On a sunny Sunday morning, over 350 Japanese aircraft descended upon Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 people, destroying or severely damaging 23 ships, and 188 planes.  The attack, meant to cripple the Pacific Fleet, only partially succeeded in the short term, and in the end proved to waken a sleeping giant the likes of which the world had never seen.

As for so many, this is a personal story too.  Though none of my family was in Pearl Harbor during the attack, my grandfathers both served in the war – one flew P-51s over Europe, the other drove Sherman tanks during the Battle of the Bulge.  I was fortunate – both my grandfathers returned home.  But for countless thousands, Pearl Harbor marked but the beginning of the losses America would suffer during the war.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of that fateful day.   As a small token of our appreciation, I’ve put together a few images of WWII era aircraft for you to download.  Each image is HD, and is perfect for your desktop background.

Again, thank you to all those who served and sacrificed during WWII.

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