2013 through the eyes of AOPA’s photographers

December 30, 2013

Whether early morning or late evening, sweltering heat or frigid temperatures, AOPA photographers Mike Fizer and Chris Rose do whatever it takes to snap the perfect shot. Fizer and Rose share their favorite photos from shoots in 2013.

Cruisin' Cirrus

During a Cirrus shoot in Alaska, we rounded a corner and here was this huge cruise ship. Photo by Chris Rose.

Looming fog

The Gulfstream G280's landing lights cut through the looming fog in Savannah, Ga. Photo by Mike Fizer.

A winged friend

A fellow tossed a freshly caught salmon's carcass into the water, giving me this eagle photo. Photo by Chris Rose.

Rugged airplane, rugged country

The Cessna 180 is a stalwart aircraft that matches the backcountry strips its owners love. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Drama and danger

This captures the drama and danger of cold-water, open-ocean helicopter rescues. Photo by Chris Rose.

Fluid Albatross

The fluid lines of the Albatross grace the sky off the coast of Los Angeles. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Flying with Greg Koontz

I like the light on this one. The airplane was being flown for the shoot by Greg Koontz. Photo by Chris Rose.

Classic MiG-15

The classic MiG-15 camouflage scheme contrasts with the equally classic Santa Fe sunset. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Beautiful Beaver

It's a beautiful Beaver on floats flying the Florida coast in great light…'nuff said. Photo by Chris Rose.

Legend Cub

The Legend Cub is right at home on a grass strip with the soft light of a Texas sunset. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Marshy reflection

Florida's marshy background and the reflection of the sky in the water make this photo. Photo by Chris Rose.

Mustang lines

It's interesting to see the Cessna Mustang's lines broken by the gear in transition. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Classic aircraft

This was shot backlit against a dull, overcast high ceiling. Photo by Chris Rose.

Ominous background

The backlit clouds offer an ominous background for the all-weather diesel Diamond DA-42 VI. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Shooting Texas in Maryland

A hay field near AOPA's headquarters doubles for Texas in this AOPA Summit shoot. Photo by Chris Rose.

Legendary sunsets

New Mexico sunsets are legendary. With the Cirrus G5 shoot, we weren't disappointed. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Impressive Aerostar

Ted Smith's dartish Aerostar is even more impressive with a couple of Pratts. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Whale breach

That bit of a whale's nose popping out of the water is the size of a Volkswagon. Photo by Chris Rose.