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Friday, March 3, 2006


Precision who what?

Okay, today’s picture is nothing to write home about, photographically speaking. In fact, the more I look at it, the more I wish I had sought out some really awesome angle, or something to make it more visually interesting.

On the other hand, it was cold out in that hangar, and they wanted to get back to their meeting. The last thing I wanted was uncomfortable subjects, so I tried to work fast. I finished before some of the guys realized I had started — they thought I was just shooting some test shots.

They could be more perfectly arranged, but I left that up to them for the most part. I’m a newspaper photographer, not Sears Portait Studio. Seriously, I wanted their relaxation and good spirits more than any particular arrangement of faces. To some degree, I think it worked. What I like most about the shot is the smiles. They’re all genuine. The stupid photo patter doesn’t hurt, but putting the team at ease was the key to getting some good expressions.

Next time, though, I have to remember to rotate the flash a little. Speedlights, you will be the death of me. Photographically speaking.

SJSU Precision Flight Team

Members of the SJSU Precision Flight Team pose for a photograph in a San Jose Jet Center hangar during their Friday night meeting. Pictured from left are Sean Cooksy, Warren Kitchen, team captain Travis Plutt, coach Kelly Harrison, Jerry Wong, Andrew Wigley, Vess Velikov and Mike Meschi.

Oh, yeah … my university has a precision flight team. Who knew?