In The Pilot Seat

In The Pilot Seat

The skill, art, and passion of the warbird pilot is a small and talented group. They’ve taken their craft to the next level in preserving our flying heritage! The majority of the public can only wonder what it’s like to be the pilot and fly a warbird, any plane. So, for the photograph and reach out to grab the heartstrings of the public and put them behind the stick, it’s gotta put them literally in the pilot seat. This means you have to make the visual connection for them with the flying process.
There are thankfully many ways of achieving this photographically. The simplest is using a long lens with an angle so the pilot visually comes out. We sum up this effective approach as simply visually storytelling. In this case, this B-25 at Grimes Airport taking off for the Doolittle Reunion was captured taxing down to take the active. By standing dead center of the aircraft and slightly lower than eye level, the power of the B-25 smacks the viewer right between the eyes. They can’t help but put themselves in the left seat!