During the summer, an annual fly-in is held at the Joseph State Airport in Joseph, Oregon. The event showcases aircraft and vintage cars. Participants include both private and military aircraft. Attendees can watch planes land and take off, view them on the ground, and experience a fly-by or flight demonstration. This event is organized by the North East Oregon Aviation Foundation.
During the event this year (July 2019), I spent some time photographing the aircraft on the ground. This type of photography is different from my usual work. My aim was to create interesting visual stories. Photographs that many people take at air shows feature planes in the air. All of my images here were taken when the aircraft were on the ground.
A mix of aircraft were at the event. They ranged from military planes and a helicopter, to small privately-owned planes. Pilots flew in from out of the area and local pilots were in attendance as well.
A military helicopter was showcased this year and people were allowed inside to take a look. Servicemen answered questions from curious members of the public. Personally, I found the helicopter to be one of the most intriguing elements of the event.
During the time that I was at the event, there were about 12 to 15 aircraft on the grounds. Below are a few selected images of the planes, including close-ups.
Vintage cars are just so cool. They are fun to photograph and I particularly like to shoot just a small portion of the vehicle. Somehow, these visual snippets tell a story in a way that is so different from images of the entire car.
Attending the Wallowa County Fly-In
Joseph, Oregon is located in the northeast corner of Oregon. Summer is a wonderful time to visit. In addition to the fly-in, visitors can spend time at beautiful Wallowa Lake. Backpackers and hikers have ample recreational opportunities in the nearby Eagle Cap Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in Oregon. Other locations that are worthy of a day trip from Joseph include Hells Canyon, the Zumwalt Prairie, and Buckhorn Overlook.
About the Images
Photographs included in this post were shot with a Fuji X-H1 camera. Lenses used were Fuji XF 8-16mm F/2.8, Fuji XF 80mm f/2.8, and a Leica Leitz Summicron-R 50mm f/2.