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Service Members – Day 18

I tried to reach U.S. Air Force Captain Kelly-Ann Smyth a while back to get a quick bio from her, but I guess she’s too busy right now running the 514th Air Mobility Wing’s Public Affairs shop.

Not to worry, I remember a couple good tidbits about her that I don’t think she would mind me sharing.

Kelly, like me, is a former navigator who has also taken the plunge into PA. Prior to becoming the shop chief at the 514th, Kelly was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base flying the Cobra Ball, and it turns out that we have a number of mutual friends up there.

Kelly’s originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. where she now resides.

I really enjoyed shooting Kelly. She has a good personality, is very friendly and outgoing, and made for a great subject!

Earth Day

On Earth Day April 25th), I was fortunate enough to be hired by an event production company to shoot stills for their upcoming website.

The gallery I posted is in color,and I wanted to take a few choice shots and convert them to black and white for this blog post.

I get asked a lot, “when do you go with black and white,” and I usually reply with “if I’m in the mood.” I don’t think that’s accurate to say anymore and here’s a little insight into why I convert to black and white.

The shot of Black Thought (above) I think is a dramatic improvement over the original, which lacks good contrast because of the overcast skies. I didn’t bother to post the color versions of the Joss Stone and Questlove photos since the stage lights killed the color in Joss’s face and the exposure contrast between the Washington Monument and Questlove was too distracting.

I think John Legend’s color photo looks great, but it’s a busy picture and I needed to suppress more of the distracting elements.

This last shot of Sting looks great too however,the sun was falling fast and the stage lights came in hard and mucked up his skin color.

I would compare the black and white conversion process to when I’m on my feet shooting; I am always trying to figure out a better way to clean up the frame and eliminate distracting elements and sometimes, color simply doesn’t make the cut in post production.

I’m curious to hear some of your thoughts. Why do you convert to black and white?

69th Aerial Port Squadron Kids

I spent last weekend (April 16-18th) on orders in Arlington, Va. with the 69th Aerial Port Squadron for their final farewell get together. The 69th APS is about to leave for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

The Reserves really rolled out the red carpet for these guys. Airmen and their families were treated to a two nights stay at the Ritz-Carlton on Congressional dollars, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. In turn,deployers and their spouses attended morning briefings on the various entitlements available to them. While the briefings were taking place, their children were right next door at a daycare center staffed by a team of volunteers from the 459th Air Refueling Wing.

I captured the weekend’s festivities and broke off on the final day to take photos of all of the kids in attendance.

These guys and gals were a ton of fun to shoot. Seconds after I had my lighting setup in place, I had a line of kids volunteering to jump in front of my camera…and most of them didn’t even know why!

I wish their parents safe travels and am looking forward to welcoming them home in the fall.