Reno Air Races II

I know that this gallery has been a long time coming, and by long time I am talking ten months ago! But, the pictures from my day in September 2008 with Mike Brown’s air race team are finally up and I couldn’t be happier with the gallery. Before I go any further, I need to give a quick shout out to everyonewho has been patiently waiting for these photos. In the last year, I have finished grad school, while juggling both a day job and photography clients, and my personal projects took a distant back seat to a list of other things.Thank you for standing by me while I had the chance to dive deep into the 3,000 photos I shot that weekend in Reno to produce these two galleries and I sincerely hope that these images make their way to you.

The next big question is: What do I do with them? I really have my heart set on writing an article on this phenomenal team while trying to capture the spirit of air racing…but it all just seems so overwhelming right now! But every journey starts with a single step and I guess me posting the pictures is the first step, writing this blog post is the second, and for a follow-up act I am going to start captioning the gallery with all the information I collected that weekend.

In the meantime, I’d like to just talk briefly about some of my favorite images from the set and give you a quick and dirty. You’ll have to forgive me for not mentioning names, my notes are away from my desk right now and I still need to get in touch with some of the contacts that I made.

Above is a shot of two crew members just as September Fury finished up its third day of racing and returned to the pits. The setting sun was absolutely INCREDIBLE in Reno, and I love the balance of warm rim and fill light in this composition.

A big part of Team Brown’s recent success and ability to field three aircraft in the unlimited class is due to the addition of Bill Kerchenfaut in 2005. Bill literally is air racing! He has been involved with the sport for over forty years and is considered by everyone that I talked to as the authority of this sport. As you can tell from the gallery, Bill was the star of the show for me, and I hope that when I eventually put pen to paper, I am able to properly represent everything that is so unbelievably impressive about this very modest man.

As you may or may not remember, the biggest gem at the air races for me was the people there. In retrospect, I’m so glad that I turned the camera back towards the racers on my second day. I really feel that I got everything that I could when I come back to images like this.

Not wanting to leave anyone out; here’s a picture of the crew meeting before the start of the day. Considering that this group puts up and recovers three aircraft in a single day (!!!!!), I am absolutely humbled to have been welcomed amongst their ranks for the day, and I thank them for their unabashed reception.

I’d like to end this gallery with a photo of Sue Miller-Brown, Mike Brown, and Bill Kerchenfaut, taken a moment after the silver race. There was such an incredibly and interesting dynamic that existed within this group, and I truly hope that I was able to accurately capture it within this gallery.

Please check back in about a week for the gallery captions, and I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the progress of this story as it evolves.

Thanks,

Nick

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