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

Topped Off. A B-1 finishes his refueling and drops away from us. Nikon D800, 24-70mm. Photo and caption by Jon Pece

(cont.) In any photographic field, the key to gaining access to interesting subject matter is relationships. I find humility, a smile, and a sense of humor very helpful to build trust with those who can give you access. For a simple cockpit shot, you might first ask the flight attendant if you can ask one of the pilots for a picture. If you're on my plane, by all means, drop in and say 'hi'! At the other end of the spectrum of investment, get your pilot's license or join the military!