This week marks my 500th post on my blog. Wow! if you had told me when I started that I would have made it this far, I would had been doubtful. I just want to say thanks to all those that visit and hope that you enjoy viewing my images as much as I enjoy creating them. I also want to thank my family for understanding my desire to shoot, process and learn, and allowing me the time it all takes. They’re the best.
As a boy, I enjoyed making models. The more realistic they looked, the better. For those lucky few that grow up honing their modeling skills, they get to turn it into a career. And with a little imagination, they are able to create their own miniature world and see things up close and personal.
One of the great exhibits at the National Naval Aviation Museum are the large, I mean huge, models of the many aircraft carriers, both past and present. The amount of detail these models have makes the little boy in any grown man just scream with excitement. On a recent visit, I took time out to scrutinize and appreciate the amount of work that went into creating these large replicas.
This is a close-up of an F-14 Tomcat preparing for take-off on the USS Enterprise. Shooting these models is almost as hard as making them. They are enclosed in thick plastic display cases which can show tiny scratches, finger prints and LOTS of glare. It’s worth the effort to try shooting a few of these so when you look back later, it will bring a smile to that little boy inside.