Turns out that GoPro has put out some free editing software, so I had to take it for a spin. I even had an unedited video I took last weekend just sitting on my desktop to be all fixed up for the web that I shot it on the same night I took the hoop photos. I attached the GoPro to the hoop and let it take some video. I’m pleasantly surprised both that the video turned out as well as it did and that the software did everything it needed. Expect more GoPro action in the coming week.
I spent another day working on Lost in Oscar Hotel
The Complete WACO Club Fly-In Experience
I got a last minute email from one of my former professors asking me if I could head down to Wynkoop airport to photograph a big annual WACO Club Fly-In for our aviation book, Lost in Oscar Hotel . After wrapping up some work for my other various jobs, and a hectic packing process, I hit the road to Mt. Vernon.
I arrived later in the evening, so I had missed most of what was going to happen that day, so I made my way over to the camping area where some of the pilots were staying overnight. Exhaustion from a full day’s work and the long drive out, combined with the fact it was already too dark to see, I delayed setting up my tent and just slept in the car.
I was up by 6am, and hit the ground running to make the most of the sunrise lighting and meet the pilots.
I even managed to get a few wide angle GoPro shots to get a unique perspective on the planes.
Unfortunately, things slowed down around noon. Most of the few pilots who were coming had already arrived, the heat had driven most people into the hanger and under the tents, and the lighting wasn’t good for much of anything by that point. However; it did give me the opportunity to slow down a bit, grab some lunch, talk with the pilots about potential stories, and even swap some tips with some of the event’s other photographers.
A particular highlight was this photographer’s homemade monopod. The left hand grip for stabilization was an awesome idea, and he even had rigged up a follow-focus.
A few minutes later, the sky opened up, forcing the Wynkoop visitors under whatever cover they could find. Fortunately, I was already under
the main tent conducting an interview as the downpour started. It gave me the opportunity to shoot those who had ducked under their planes’ wings for cover.
Just taking shots from under the tent wasn’t quite enough for me though. After tucking my camera into my bag and making a break for my car, and stashing my Nikon, I braved the storm with my waterproof GoPro. I was soaked and freezing after, but it was worth it to get the tighter shots.
Eventually, the storm blew over. Most of the crowed trudged through muddy mess that was formerly the air field and headed home. I stuck around to get a few more photos and a couple more interviews, but it was mostly mop-up work. I wound up leaving around the time the pilot’s banquet started since there wasn’t much of anything left to cover,
Dispite the poor weather and low turn out, I had a blast covering the WACO meet up. Anything for Lost in Oscar Hotel is usually a blast, and I almost always wind up with some killer photos. I even got a bonus free hat, courtesy of Brian, the awesome Wynkoop worker.
With all of the photo editing done, I can move on to typing up the stories, conducting interviews with the contacts I made, sending off photos, and maybe even do some layout work for the book.
WACO at Wynkoop Airport
I got a last minute email from one of my former professors asking me if I could head down to Wynkoop airport to photograph a big annual meeting of WACO biplane pilots for our aviation book, Lost in Oscar Hotel . It was a great experience, even with the storms cutting the attendance by more than half. Even with the rain though, I was able to track down a handful of decent photos and a few potential stories for the book.
I still have about 2/3 of the editing left, so I’ll do a bigger post once I get those done. I just wanted to get this up in the mean time. So, keep your eyes out for more on Wynkoop.
Cherry Blossom Festival
When my friend Alyssa invited me out to Washington DC for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, there was no way I could turn down the opportunity. On top of it being a good chance for me to get out, I figured that it would be good way to start creating news content again. However; the attempt to combine the work and play didn’t work nearly as well as I had hoped. Basically, my attempts to work on news and self promote was time I was leaving Alyssa out, and time spent having fun was time I was stressing about not getting the shots and story that I wanted.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the trip; DC was a blast. Getting to see the gathering of so many different cultures of people together in the capitol was amazing. I was happy just soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos while sitting in traffic. However; I think the highlight came after the festival started winding down, and Alyssa and I found ourselves at the super hero themed gay bar, The Green Lantern. We spent a few hours conversing with a group of older gentlemen, and even caught the prep to some sort of leather and latex event. Shame we both had places to be the next day, or we would have stayed. After an arduous late night drive in a car with some… questionable breaks, we arrived back I Kent around 6am. While the next day was pretty rough, it was totally worth the trip. I can’t wait to go back to DC again .