Falcon 2000 & Cessna Skyhawk XP
When I arrived at AeroKnow Museum this morning, I photographed the two aircraft on the ramp. The first picture shows the fence that would be a problem for some photographers, but not for me, thanks to my Sony Cyper-shot camera.
This picture shows the Falcon BEFORE the warmth was removed.
Some enthusiasts I used to trade 35mm slides with wanted nothing by precisely profile views, taken 90 degrees to the point where the main landing gear, or wing, at half chord enters the airplane. I understand the preference. I like it too. When the airplane is much larger than a Falcon such a right angle pic is impossible because some zoom lenses don’t have that much wide-angle capability. Happily, my Sony does.
I sometimes feel that if I don’t include the complete shadow of the airplane in the picture, I’m not photographing the entire airplane. I hope you noticed how the shadow below the nose moved back as I walked down the fuselage.
In the final full view notice how the shadow of the horizontal stabilizer isn’t visible. The position of the floodlight puts it right into the shadow of the wing.
I take closeups only when I see some unusual insignia, maybe a company logo, perhaps some creative art . . . or just an interesting geometry of a part of the airplane. Only one thing caught my attention this morning.
I try to make it obvious what the closeup is about. Here the closeup is about the engine nacelle. A picture further away, say the entire rear fuselage, would have confused the point of the picture . . . unless, of course, I had wanted to take a picture of the entire rear fuselage. 🙂
I can say almost certainly that without the fine logo on the Cessna, I would not have photographed it. Skyhawks and 172s are frequently seen on the local ramp.
Still, I consider every airplane a historically significant airplane, and on a night like this with no wind and excellent light, I probably would have phot’d it anyway. I’m glad I did at any rate.
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