On Saturday 9 AUG 2014, my day started at 0400 with a shower, shave, quick breakfast and out the door I go! The bulk of this summer Saturday consisted of crawling, kneeling and walking around yet another hot, dry airport ramp shooting images at this year’s Pikes Peak Regional Air Show!
Airshow gates opened promptly at 0800. I like to arrive early to these events and showed up around 0730. Arriving as early as possible, not only allows one to beat the crowd but also to take advantage of that small window of “good light”.
Unfortunately, arriving early to this event did no good- 0800 is 0800 to these event organizers! Once the starter pistol was raised in the air, and the start shot fired (just kidding, seemed like a race though) it was a mad dash of photogs and spectators as everyone went scattering to all corners of the ramp, rushing to be the first to get in a few shots of the aircraft before the others arrived.
A 0800 start time still provided a bit of decent light, but a clear blue, almost cloudless sky quickly let the sun shine down full bore on the field.
Here’s one shot I managed to capture, just about at the end of that window of “good light”.
I’m still going through photo files at the moment, sorting through the images shot that day. Updates to this posting will be made as images are processed. Here’s a couple shots to get things started!
The majority of the fighters were lined up here at the back of the Hot Ramp, an area which I affectionately dubbed “Fighter Row”.
Warm sunlight basks the cockpit of the Stinson L-5 “Miss Stitch”.
P-40 Warhawk from the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show, with a Kodachrome/Vintage twist to the processing.
A6M “Zero” or “Zeke” as it was called by our Allied forces.
A Hypnotizing spinner.
Cockpit of the P-40 Warhawk.
The Tuskegee Airmen P-51.
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