One thing you never know for certain is what the weather is going to do. When I scheduled my trip to Rome, Georgia for the Wings Over Georgia Air Show, I thought fall would be a fantastic time for it, not too hot, not too cold.
Since I started photographing airplanes, I’ve marveled at the absolutely gorgeous shots by published photographers of the sun setting behind planes, and longed to replicate such pictures. I wasn’t sure how you would even gain access to do such shots unless you knew the owners. I found that most of the air shows I’ve attended would end by 5pm, and that was long before the sun set.
July on Pensacola Beach and at 8:00am, it’s already hot, crowded and exciting! Parking is the biggest challenge you face besides the heat. Plenty of people have stayed the night and camped out on the beach, so even though finding a spot isn’t really an issue, you can’t see the ocean for the sea of tarps and tents that are already in place.
Home for me is Pensacola, Florida. I may not live there any more, but I still have family there. I don’t visit as often as I’d like to, but I’ve been trying to get home more these days. I planned a trip home after recovering from my last reconstruction surgery just to get some nice salt air in my lungs, and to let everyone see that I’m doing better.
I obviously have a thing for airplanes, but I think there’s a difference between enjoying flying and really admiring the workmanship and engineering that goes into building aircraft. I love to fly, but I’m amazed at the technology that goes into creating and designing airplanes. Taking a concept from the drawing board, to manufacturing and ultimately to flying has to be an unbelievable process. I not only admire this but love the beautifully crafted results, especially designs that are successful and have stood the test of time through the ages. The distinct and unique sounds of an engine that fit perfectly with a breathtaking frame, conjure up images in my mind of days past when these beauties were abundant and filled the skies with their presence.
My first really big air show and it’s in my home state of Florida. I started thinking about it last year when my brother-in-law mentioned that it was right in his back yard. After being grounded and trying to find a way to stay connected to flying, planes and people that love aviation, I started looking for some air shows to go to and photograph. Sun-n-Fun just happens to be the one that kicks off the season.