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Friday, December 2, 2016

The "The Amazing Photography Of Dave Newcomer: Part III" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Final post featuring the outstanding photographic skills of Dr. David Newcomer.  Dave has been making yearly calendars for many years which feature photos he has taken during his lifetime.  The past few years he has made both land and aerial calendars; the aerial calendars mainly for his pilot friends.  I asked Dave the type of cameras he used for his work and he responded by telling me that when he was shooting 35mm transparencies (slides) in the '60s thur '80s he used German Exakta bodies with Ziess lenses.  He then began using Nikon film cameras in the late '80s and then changed to a Nikon digital camera in the mid-'90s.  He now uses a D800 as well as a D-90 which he still uses from time to time.  He has a variety of lenses, but tends to use his AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm zoom (f4) most of the time.  He also has a NIKKOR 500mm zoom that he uses on field shoots.  He naturally cannot use a tripod when flying and most aerial photos are taken at 1/1000 speed since the aircraft is naturally moving.  He does believe that the Nikon and Canon systems are equally good.  As I was reading Dave's email telling me about the cameras he has used in the past, I said to my wife, "Listen to this.  Dave said that if I'm interested, he can take me flying sometime."  If I'm interested??!!  Wow, what an offer.  I know he has many other friends that probably accompany him on his aerial photo-shoots and I would be honored to be placed on that list.  Enjoy my final post of Dave's remarkable photographs.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.  PS - Once again, click on images to enlarge.


High Sierra Mtns. (these are 13,000' high here) at sunset -- the mist is smoke from a forest fire.
Ivanpah Solar Furnace in the Mohave Desert, CA.  This is a closeup view of the furnace on a 475' tower; sunlight is reflected (by 175,000 mirrors) on the three towers to generate steam and drive turbines.
Heliconiinae butterfly, Costa Rica
Two Harbors, Catalina Island --- when the sea rises another 20', the island will be split into two
islands here.
Devil's Tower, Wyoming -- this is the throat of a long extinct volcano; it is a popular rock climbing
venue.
Grand Canyon

Forest fire smoke, High Sierras.
Independence Pass....you can see Rt. 82 in the foregound (that road is closed during the winter)
Lake Powell, CO about 30 miles north of Glen Canyon Dam.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 13,000'.
Sunset, Key West --- I have thousands of sunset and sunrise photos, many from the air.
Female Tiger swallowtail, dark form.
Here's a night shot of uptown NYC and the Empire State Bldg.  I really like the airplane wing in this photo.  I have the same photo without the wing and it isn't as good.  I have thousands of night photos from the air....mostly from the east coast.
Fowler's toad

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