September 13, 2015 was a red letter day in for me. A big red "X" across one item on my bucket list; aerial photography.
I was fortunate enough to be handed the assignment of covering the Glendo Wyoming 10th Annual Fly-in for the newspaper.
I really didn't know what to expect when I rolled up to the Thomas Memorial Airport on the edge of Glendo Reservoir. I had never attended a fly-in before, but was excited about the prospect about being able to go up in a plane with my camera. I didn't know if it was even allowed. The only plane I had ever been in was a commercial passenger jet, and they are impossible to photograph anything of value out of.
I showed up at the small dirt airport about two hours too early and started chatting with pilots. I soon met Greg Saul from Glenrock, who flies one of the best looking planes at the event. Straight out of an Indiana Jones or Dick Tracy story comes the 1948 Stinson Flying Station Wagon. Even though the aircraft was immaculately maintained, it was a bit nerve wracking. Imagine driving in a 67 year old car and know that being that old there could always be a random failure. But in the car you just pull over and call AAA. In the plane, that is not an option.
The exhilaration of being flown in an antique was only multiplied by fulfilling my lifelong dream of hanging out the window of a plane with my camera.
And I love the photos I brought back. There is something awesome about the extreme angle of a birds-eye. Getting up and looking down makes for interesting photos, but doing so over the varied landscape of Glendo Reservoir, a man-made lake in the middle of a high plains dessert, adds lines and patterns that just cannot be observed from the ground.
Sometimes just changing your perspective changes your... perspective. If you know what I mean.