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I almost had the shot – backgrounds.

I found a spot for a great picture. All I needed was snowy mountains, a clear day and aircraft landing. I waited for winter for my snowy mountains. Winter came, and as usual there was lots of rain. And More rain. And then when you thought it couldn’t rain any more, it did.

Finally a clear day with snowy mountains arrived so I rode my bike down to the local airport. All I needed now was for the planes to start landing on runway 19 and they would cross perfectly in front of the Golden Ear mountains. Unfortunately the tower was getting the planes to land on runway 01. So being unable to get the picture I wanted I decided to make the best of it and see what I could get.

A Cessna taking off of runway 01

A Cessna taking off of runway 01

This Cessna taking off wasn’t a bad picture, but with only blue sky it is kind of boring, so I decided to change my position to see if I could get something more exciting.

Cessna Takeoff With Dynamic Background

Cessna Takeoff With a more exciting background

This was better, with it being close to winter solstice there was already a hint of yellow in the light and the clouds and trees make the picture more dynamic. But I thought I might be able to do even better if I move to the other side of the airport.

Piper Cheroke FKKF taxing for takeoff

Piper Cheroke FKKF taxing for takeoff

I was excited to see this Piper as it was a plane I had flown when I attempted to get pilot’s license many years ago. A lot of good memories in that 50 year old aircraft.

Piper Cherokee FKKF Taking Off

Piper Cherokee FKKF Taking Off

As FKKF took off I was able to capture the mountains I originally wanted too, although it is not at all close to the photo I had envisioned.

Float Plane Landing

Float Plane Landing

I always find it difficult to make plane shots interesting. Here I tried zooming in on this float plane so you couldn’t see the whole aircraft which I had hoped made the picture more dynamic then the picture below where the whole aircraft is in the frame.

Cessna Landing on 01

Cessna Landing on 01

The location I was at allowed me to get very close to the aircraft that were landing on runway 01. The sun was directly across from runway 01, allowing these almost silhouetted shots.

Landing

Landing

Landing 2.0

Landing 2.0

So I didn’t get the picture I was hoping (I can’t wait for another sunny day to try) but I got a good bike ride in on a cold crisp day. I also enjoyed practicing taking photos of aircraft with backgrounds other than blue sky, hopefully making the photos more interesting.