WW2, Glamour, Harley & Ink!

This was a very special concept for me, as I grew up around one of these very awesome airplanes.

I wanted to use my Harley I had at the time for a session and planned this out. There were some large technical challenges to get the fog and light on the airplane the way I wanted it, so it required a lot of planning and effort to pull the result together.

The B-25 Has special significance from the US’s early days of WW2, as a retaliation attack on Japan for Pearl Harbor, these mid-range bombers were taken from an Aircraft carrier, as they did not have the fuel range to reach that far back then. – Was a one-way mission for the pilots who had not enough fuel to get back, nor the ability to land back on the aircraft carrier even if they did. More info about this mission can be found here.

 

Shot with a PhaseOne 645 and 80mm SK lens.

BTS & Post-Production

Things are not always as they seem.
So, the challenge was to light the plane the way I wanted with the fog…. since I do have access to one of these very special airplanes. But, would require cranes and rigging and a LOT of fog, it’d be a production of many people and thousands of dollars. So I took a different approach to accomplish the result I wanted… by shooting a composite, I could combine methods. I wanted to shoot the Harley and her on actual dirt, since many airfields in the 40’s were dirt, and I didn’t want to have to composite the ground. Then I needed to blend the fog with the horizon line of the actual dirt from the Harley shoot and make sure that the plane was off in the darkness a little bit to blend the scene.

The B-25 is actually a small plastic model, that we won’t even discuss how many hours it takes to build. Those things were designed for folks much more patient than I.

Screenshot of airplane shoot:

 

Straight on computer:

 

BTS Video (watch in HD):

My History

I mentioned I had grown up around a B-25, some friends of the family had one they fully restored.
Here I am as a little kid with my Grandpa and the pilot. This is the reason I wanted to use this specific type of plane with my Harley, the combination of the historical significance, the memories, and of course they just look badass!

50 years after Jimmy Doolittle bombed Tokyo Japan, That event was re-enacted off the deck of the aircraft carrier Ranger, off the coast of San Diego. After 50 years, my Grandparents dear friend Steve Crowe Jr. was chosen by the United States Navy to be the “first” to pilot a B-25 off the deck of an aircraft carrier, remembering 30 seconds over Tokyo, exactly 50 years prior. And here I am with his hand on my shoulder as I stand at the very aircraft he flew in that re-enactment.

Oh… and yea, looks like I had a kid mullet, what of it? ūüėČ

I have a tattoo in progress featuring the same airplane as well.

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