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David Franks

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David Franks last won the day on 23 July 2018

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About David Franks

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  • Birthday 03/04/1960

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  • Real Name
    David Franks
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    McAlester, Oklahoma USA
  • Interests
    Photography, Aviation, Music
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  • Fav. Camera
    Nikon D750
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    Nikon 24-120mm f/4
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  1. David Franks

    Rest In Peace Old Girl

    Rest In Peace Old Girl CAF C-47 "Bluebonnet Belle" (1944 - 2018) Belle crashed on takeoff 21 July 2018. Thankfully all on board survived. Sadly the aircraft caught fire and was completely destroyed. She will be missed. This photo was taken on Oct 29, 2016.
  2. David Franks

    Sunset Silhouette

    CASA 2111E/Heinkel He-111 @ Cavanaugh Flight Museum. So many photos and only so many hours in a day. Years later I'm still curating photos from location shoots. This one is from 2015, the subject is a CASA 2111E/Heinkel He-111 medium bomber that made it's debut during WWII. This particular bird was built after the war by Spain and saw, for the most part, peacetime service (including a stint as a movie star) ending up in Addison Texas, USA. Nikon D300s | Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art | 1/250th sec @ f/8.0 | 35mm | ISO 200
  3. David Franks

    Just Missed...

    That she is. A 1947 Douglas AD-1 Skyraider to be specific.
  4. David Franks

    Just Missed...

    Sometimes the missed focus shots prove to be the more interesting ones
  5. David Franks

    Excuse us...

    Thanks. The skydiver spun around right after this photo was taken and they landed off to my right.
  6. David Franks

    Brat Sunset

    Thanks guys. I have photographed this aircraft more than any other. Dosen't matter the conditions or time of day, she's always the perfect model.
  7. David Franks

    Yellow Peril

    Always great to watch folks going up in a vintage aircraft at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. For some it's their first time in a vintage aircraft, for others is's their very first time in a plane. Whichever, its an event they won't soon forget. In this photo that I took back in 2015 a young man is departing in the museum's Boeing NS24 Stearman Kaydet (N741BJ). The Stearman was nicknamed 'Yellow Peril' because of its tricky ground handling characteristics. This particular Stearman was assembled from authentic Stearman components by the museum in 1985. Nikon D7200 | Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 | 1/250 @ f/5.6 | 85mm | ISO 125
  8. David Franks

    Spooky

    Revisiting this older photo trying some BW effects Nikon D750 | 300.0 mm f/4.0 PF | f/16 | ISO 100 | 1/60th | 300mm
  9. David Franks

    I hear it...

    but I don't see it...
  10. David Franks

    HiFi

    Yep, I have the same hankering and I'm afraid that hankering will become reality when the right machine presents itself.
  11. David Franks

    Excuse us...

    Love it when interesting angles present themselves
  12. David Franks

    HiFi

    Occasionally I do shoot subjects unrelated to aviation, such as my turntable spinning some vinyl. Music, or specifically HiFi is the other drain on my wallet. A 1968 pressing of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 ~ Fool On The Hill, in case your wondering what was playing.
  13. David Franks

    Brat Sunset

    Love a good sunset photo session, especially when Brat is the subject
  14. David Franks

    Mirrorless for Aviation Photography

    Now that's an action shot Greg that needs to be on a wall! That D4S rig makes my back hurt just looking at it. I really have a good feeling about the path I'm about to head down. Right now I have this vision of thousands of keepers from a show instead of a few dozen and not being physically beat down. Of course I know that will not be the case, but you know how your head goes to the stratosphere when contemplating a major shift involving new gear and new technology. I'll be glad when my rentals arrive so I can start reigning in my expectations to some measure of reality.
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    Mirrorless for Aviation Photography

    Thanks for the response Greg and the shot of the Wildcat is spectacular. Sounds like the E-M1 Mark II may be what I'm looking for. Can't wait for the one I rented to arrive next week so I can start trying it out. If I decide to make the move B&H has a kit featuring the E-M1 Mark II, the 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro and the 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro for $3600.00 right now. Looks like an excellent way to make the jump to M23! I can usually hand hold the Nikon D750 with a Sigma 100-400mm down around 1/60th, occasionally down to 1/25th if there is no wind and solid footing. Might get 1 or keepers out of a burst of 15 or 20 shots. Sounds like I should be able to improve on that significantly using the technology Olympus is incorporating along with lighter weight. I find that most of my shots are within the range of 150mm to 300mm (full frame), so a M23's 40-150mm lens should take care of most of my needs, a 300mm should really cover it. How does the weight of the 300mm f/4 Pro compare to a Sigma 150-600mm or Nikon 200-500mm (4.3 lbs. and 5.07 lbs. respectively)?
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