Mark Hrutkay Biography
I love airplanes and aviation.
My father was an A&P Mechanic for his entire life and I started young, virtually growing up at airports. We didn’t play baseball, but we flew and that’s a love that never goes away.
The little boy holding the dinosaurs is me at exactly three years old. A few minutes later, my mother let me take my first picture with a Brownie camera; which turned out to be dirt, since it was aimed at the ground. I was hooked on airplanes and photography.
I saw my first P-51 a few years later, and was hooked on warbirds. I bought my first subscription to Air Classics Magazine in 1970 with my own money earned from delivering newspapers at age 10. I earned my private pilot’s license and own a Bell 47 helicopter as well as a Legend Cub.
Years later, my entire life is consumed with going to airshows, museums, aviation events, and air races and documenting the events that happen there. I shoot over 1 million images a year and spend nine months a year on the road, covering the entire United States.
Like my good friends here at www.PhotoRecon.Net, we all use the best in equipment. I use Canon exclusively, and shoot the exceptional 1D Series Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III as well as the 5DII, 7D, and 50D. I have a wide variety of Canon L lenses from 14mm to 800mm. Along with other gear, I also have a Kenyon Gyro for air to air shooting to stabilize the camera.
There seems to be no end to the gear that you need to shoot the images we gather. Heck, I wear out a car every year. After the shooting is done, I get to spend days or even longer sorting through thousands of photographs, and then countless hours of computer time perfecting them.
I’ve been a member of the International Association of Aviation Photographers (ISAP) for several years and attend all their events and seminars. I’ve won several awards for my work and have been published in several aviation magazines, domestic and foreign.
There is a lot more work to this job than most think, but it’s worth it. It seems to make everyone happy, especially me. Maybe there’s a better job but I haven’t found it yet.
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Some of marks gear, he is always willing to bring an assortment for all at Photorecon to use. Thanks Mark.
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