A Century in the Wild Blue Yonder: The National Museum of the US Air Force

A Long Walk Through 100+ Years of Air Force History

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography

Remember how we mentioned a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force back in our previous post?  Well, with all the hundreds of aircraft on display at the Air Force Museum, we thought it would be appropriate to give the museum its own post.  Way back in 1995 – when I still was still a high-schooler certain of my trajectory toward the Air Force Academy – we visited Dayton on our one and only great cross-country family vacation.  In fact, I have three hours of home video narrated by a voice-cracking, mumbling, monotone yours truly as proof of our trip – that, and about 200 photos (and that was in the days of film no less!).   So, when I discovered I’d be headed up to Ohio again for a shoot, I made plans for a nostalgic visit to the Air Force Museum.

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography

While things here and there have changed (and expanded!), the waves of nostalgia still flooded over me as I rounded the corner to the parking lot.  I hadn’t even entered the exhibit halls yet – and I was already reminded of our trip some 20 years ago.  Once inside, the memories kept coming – and even a few surprises.  When I entered the second hanger, filled with aircraft from the Korean and Vietnam wars, I had remembered that they had a B-52 on display (a massive plane that goes to show you just how gigantic the hangers are), but I was stunned to see that it was a dead ringer for the B-52 model I had assembled in high school – down to the placement of the camouflage patches!  I had completely forgotten I had painted my model after this one!

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography

One other unique bit of history, though a new addition to the Air Force Museum, was a collection of a half dozen presidential aircraft – including everything prior to the current 747.  Best of all, you could tour four of the aircraft from nose to tail!  It was a great experience!

As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

Purchase Fine Art Prints

Interested in buying some of our fine art photography or just want to see some more of our work? Check out our Aviation collection at our site: http://fineart.deremerstudios.com
Please note all photos on this site are the copyrighted property of Deremer Studios LLC unless otherwise noted.  We share many of our photos for use as personal desktop wallpaper, but any other uses, including but not limited to printing, modifying, and any commercial use are strictly prohibited without prior written consent.
Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

Check out our Deremer Studios site:
Commercial | Fine Art | Wedding & Portrait | Blog
Copyright 2016 Deremer Studios LLC – Jacksonville, FL
904-744-1103 | info@deremerstudios.com

The Plane! the Plane! 2015 Sea and Sky Spectacular

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography

Little known fact: when I was a child, I really, really, really wanted to be a pilot – I dreamed of flying fighters for the Air Force and even began the lengthy process of applying for the academy.  If it weren’t for my sudden need of glasses, who knows where I would be today.  Yet I was undeterred and headed to college with every intent of becoming a pilot and flying commercially.  However, after a year of flight training, I realized that while I love flying, the appeal of commercial aviation as a career began to wane, and… so here I am today, a professional photographer, writing this post for your enjoyment (or derision if you prefer).

Deremer Studios Fine Art Photography

But enough about me.  Let’s talk about this weekend’s Sea and Sky Spectacular at Jacksonville Beach.  Sunday afternoon, after church, we headed out to see the air show – though the weather was less than ideal and threatened rain, the show area managed to stay precipitation-free the entire time.   The show itself was filled with a wonderful variety of performers, from solo acts and formation groups, to historic flights from a couple of P-51 Mustangs and an F4U Corsair, to Fat Albert and the Blue Angels.  Because of all the moisture in the air, the planes were throwing vapor trails left and right, which made for some pretty cool opportunities, like the one above.

As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – they are full HD images, 1080P, and perfect for your computer, tablet or television – and if you enjoy our photos, please follow us – and for extra bonus points, share this blog with your friends to help us get the word out!

Purchase Fine Art Prints

Interested in buying some of our fine art photography or just want to see some more of our work? Click the link above, or check out all our collections at our site: http://fineart.deremerstudios.com
The Plane! the Plane!  2015 Sea and Sky Spectacular

Check out our Deremer Studios site:
Commercial | Fine Art | Wedding & Portrait | Blog
Copyright 2015 Deremer Studios LLC – Jacksonville, FL
904-744-1103 | info@deremerstudios.com

 

 

The Wild Blue Yonder – 2014 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

2014 10 Aviation - NAS Jacksonville Airshow 12 - P-51 Crazy Horse F-22 Heritage Flight

After an amazing evening photographing a very literally out of this world sunset earlier in the week, we had the pleasure of photographing some objects in lower earth ‘orbit’ at the 2014 NAS Jacksonville Air Show.  With near-perfect weather and a year-long delay, the air show welcomed a record number of aviation enthusiasts, with over 300,000 people estimated to have been in attendance over the weekend.  The air show featured a generous selection of aircraft on static display, from a navy helicopter drone to the massive C-17 Globemaster.  In the air a variety of nationally-recognized stunt pilots amazed spectators with their gravity-defying displays.  There were also a few attractions that never quite left the ground, including a jet powered school bus that belched 200 foot flames, a jet port-a-potty and a speeding snoopy atop his rather fast moving dog house.  But for me, the two neatest highlights were the demonstrations by an F-22 Raptor and the always amazing flying feats of the Blue Angels.

2014 10 Aviation - NAS Jacksonville Airshow 25 - Blue Angels 6 Plane Break

As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

Interested in buying some of our Fine Art Photography or just wanting to see more pretty pictures?  Check out our fine art website: http://fineart.deremerstudios.com
The Wild Blue Yonder – 2014 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

Check out our Deremer Studios site:
Commercial | Fine Art | Wedding & Portrait | Blog
Copyright 2014 Deremer Studios LLC – Jacksonville, FL
904-744-1103 | info@deremerstudios.com

Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Air and Space Annex

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 25 Air and Space Annex

It’s now been exactly a month since we visited the Air and Space Annex in Dulles, VA, on our way home from New England.  This was our first visit to the annex, and I must say, it was impressive.  Unlike the main museum, the annex is spacious and wide open, with not just small aircraft, but very large examples of aviation milestones.  From the Enola Gay – (the B-29 that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb in combat – shown below, to the Dash-80 (the prototype for the Boeing 707 which introduced the jet engine to commercial flight), you could walk around and on the catwalks above the aircraft to see them from virtually any perspective.

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 21 Air and Space Annex

We visited the Annex after spending a few last hours at Gettysburg and the contrast between that battle and the impact of just one aircraft, the Enola Gay, was sobering.  In 1863, it took three days, 170,000 men and an unimaginable number of mini balls and artillery shells to kill less than 10,000.  82 years later, it took one aircraft, with one bomb, just a few seconds to kill an estimated 50,000 people.  What a stunning change in less than a century.

2013 07 Fine Art Mid Atlantic 29 Air and Space Annex

On a more uplifting note, we can make another comparison with the space program.  in 1903, powered flight had yet to be achieved, most people were living on farms and the primary mode of transportation involved horses.  But in just 66 years, we had safely and successfully put men on the moon!  The 20th century, both good and bad, was an amazing time of innovation and progress.

Please feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
*Statistics courtesy Wikipedia
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Deremer Studios Pro Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Fine Art Series – Travels North Part 1: The Journey

We recently spent some time in the Northeast, photographing a variety of settings throughout New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia,  Today’s edition features our journey North.  As the sun rose over New Jersey (and with 16 hours of driving delirium under my belt), we traded seats, and I took to photographing the metropolis as it woke from sleep.  Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Photo of the Day: Out of the Sunset!

Above is a composite photo I took recently while out in Destin for a wedding.  The aircraft are both old rotary-powered T-6 Texans  – there were several out that evening practicing maneuvers and formation flying from the nearby air force base.   Together with the amazing sunset silhouetting the aircraft, it made for some great photography conditions.  Unfortunately, the planes never quite got in the same frame as the sunset, so I took two photos from roughly the same time and combined them into this one image.  Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Photo of the Day: It’s A Bird, A Plane, A Dolphine!

Another day – another photo.  This weekend we were pretty much jam-packed with shoots, but there was still just enough time to snap some really great little scenes here and there.  The photo above is of a Coast Guard Dolphine helicopter and power boat drilling in the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs – taken during a bit of down time on Friday.  Enjoy!

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com