Walt Pierce Wingwalking Show
Walt Pierce Wingwalking Show / Photo by Wes Gibson

6 Important Considerations To Make Your Day Enjoyable

Knowing what photography equipment to take to an air show makes a huge difference. Sure, you will more than likely get all the shots you want by taking several bodies, five or six lenses, a flash or two, and every accessory in your arsenal. But I guarantee that you are going to be miserable dragging all of that around for an entire day on concrete in 100-degree weather.

The secret to an enjoyable day photographing an air show is to go as light as possible.… More

US Air Force Thunderbirds
US Air Force Thunderbirds / Photo by Wes Gibson

It’s air show season again. All across North America, the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Snow Birds, Black Diamond Jet Team, and hundreds of other flight demonstration teams will be taking to the air to delight the crowds below. If you are like me, you love photographing the air shows. Not only is it exciting and entertaining, but it’s also the thrill of the hunt. To capture that perfect image of an aircraft doing something extraordinary. To help you in your quest for that perfect aircraft shot, I’ve compiled ten useful tips to make your day as an air show photographer more pleasant.… More

Air Show CoverI just published my first children’s book for the Kindle titled “Let’s Go To The Air Show.”

Let’s Go To The Air Show explains what your child can expect to see and do when going to an air show. This book is easy to read and contains over 30 exclusive, never before seen, color photos. It can be read to young children, and would also be a good book to give to children between the ages of 5 and 11 to read on their own.

Let’s Go To The Air Show starts out explaining what an air show is and then gives a very brief history of air shows.… More

The 2012 Rockford Airfest was held last weekend at the Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Illinois. I couldn’t have asked for any better weather for the event. The temperature was in the mid-70s, and the sky was blue with puffy white clouds blowing through. As usual, all of the pilots and skydivers did a fantastic job at amazing the crowd with their aerial stunts. The headliners this year were the Air Force Thunderbirds and the civilian Black Diamond Jet Team. I was a little bummed that there were no Navy demonstration teams this year, but what can you do?… More

Janet Wilson over at Lucasville Legends contacted me earlier this month after seeing some of my photos on Flickr of the Lucas Oil Pitts biplane flown by Michael Wiskus. She was interested in using some of those photos in her upcoming children’s book.

After looking over several images that I sent her, she selected the one pictured here for the title page of her book.

This situation demonstrates the power of using good keywords for filenames, titles and tags when posting images to photo sharing sites like Flickr. Had I used the default image filename and not included any good keywords as tags, there is no way Janet would have ever found my images.… More

Well it took me exactly two weeks to get all of my airshow photos edited and the post production work done, but the photographic airshow is now ready over at Flickr. Out of the 1400 images, I narrowed it down to 62 that I liked. Here’s a link to a few of my favorite aviation images: Flickr Aviation Album.

Lima Lima Flight Team performing in their T-34 Mentors. This photo was made using the Nikon D7000, Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S, hand held.… More

The 2011 Rockford AirFest was held the first weekend in June. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 100 Years of Naval Aviation” A subject near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, due to a little incident, the Blue Angels had to cancel and go into a safety stand-down. But as they say; “on with the show”

One of the highlights of the airshow for me was getting to see Sean Tucker fly again. I’m not sure what I like more, the skill of his flying or the beautiful little biplane he flies. The Oracle Challenger III is a fairly new plane for him, but very similar in color and size to some of his past aircraft.… More