Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Jasper company set to take off

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Explorer Aircraft Inc. director of flight standards W.H. "Sam" Ketchum (left) and president Bryan E. Lynch (right) pose for a portrait next to one of the company's products at the airport in Jasper on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. Lynch recently took the reins as president of the company. The company expects to get funding soon to begin assembling the utility airplanes in Jasper. The turbine-powered airplanes will replace the current fleets of aging light twins and utility singles.

Explorer Aircraft Inc. president Bryan E. Lynch (right) and director of flight standards W.H. "Sam" Ketchum (left) pose for a portrait next to one of the company's products at the airport in Jasper. Due to small aircraft liability issues, light airplanes haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for many years. The average age of light twins with up to six seats now exceeds 34 years in the U.S. Twins with more than seven seats average 38 years old.


David and Ari said...


Wondering how you did this picture - did you have someone help you out with flash from the right side or a reflector? It looks great - I'm sure they're proud of it!


Mark M. Hancock said...

The outdoor photo is strange to explain because I was shooting blind (like in film days). I used The Beast bare-bulbed and set on 2000 watt seconds. A single head was on a heavy, 12-foot camera stand. It was radio synched (Pocket Wizards) to the camera. The camera was on the end of my monopod as high as I could hold it with an electronic plunger cord.
I pre-focused for the distance and set the ball head for the approximate angle. Then, I took several frames to make sure I got something.
I wanted the subjects to pop and the background to diminish so I set the light to be (I thought) one stop higher than ambient light.
It actually was a little higher and required a burning down the subject closest to the light. So, depending on the subject-to-light distance, The Beast is three times more powerful than the sun.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Originally posted June 11, 2005.