Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece
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Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece

Preflight at 100F. Two KC-135R pilots preflight their aircraft prior to a training sortie. I placed a Nikon SB-900 on the dash and remotely triggered it. The crew chiefs kindly provided me a maintenance stand from which to shoot so I could be at eye level. D800, 14-24mm. Photo and caption by Jon Pece

(cont.) Regarding aperture, I like f/8 for architecture but will focus stack where necessary. f/5 works well for horses, and airplanes are usually at such a distance that I select an aperture that gives me the shutter speed that I want - focus is less of a concern. When I'm shooting hand held with my D800, I like to aim for at least 1/400th of a second where possible, as it is a good camera for showing me my faults. When shooting air to air, a super high shutter speed is not necessary as the relative speeds are very slow.