Over the weekend the New Zealand Airforce held an Airshow at Ohakea airbase. It was a great chance to enjoy a trip through the history of the New Zealand airforce over its 75 years of existence. Over the next week or so I will be featuring the images I captured at the Airshow, with each post featuring a different aircraft. Today’s post features the Hawker Hunter. To find out more about this classic early jet, read this article on Wikipedia.
For me the airshow will be memorable for two reasons, as with a lot of things recently there were lots of little obstacles to overcome to get there, and I had to time and time again think how much do I really want to do this. In short I felt the question “How passionate are you about this?”, for love fuels your passions. This quote has been runing around my head since I heard it a couple of weeks back on an episode of “The Grid” by Scott Kelby. The quote wasn’t Scott’s but rather from a viewer, kevin halliburton.
“There is no way to demonstrate love without personal sacrifice. The problem with so many easy shots is that they don’t have any love in them.”
— by @kevinhalliburton
For me this perfectly summarises how I felt about this airshow trip. In the end we were on base before sunrise, with a great cloudscape as a backdrop and things came together so well.
The second reason it is memorable, is when I was looking for a good spot on the flight line, I remembered a piece of advice I had read. The piece of advice was look for people who look like they know what they are doing in terms of photography as the good photographers stake their claims early. I found a group of photographers who not only were happy for me to stand near their spot but also were keen to offer me hints and tips on settings, look at my images, and offer me suggestions on how I could improve them. These guys all had a long history in the aviation industry, and had photographed for magazines and newspapers. I felt like I had signed up to a photography workshop at an airshow. I am so greatful to those photographers for taking the time to make my day so memorable.
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