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Airshow

Memorial Day Tribute

In tribute to all that have served, here are some Blue Angels photos from the 2014 Wings Over Houston airshow.  The moon was out which made for a cool background.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 lens, handheld

1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/2000 sec @ F7.1, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/3200 sec @ F7.1, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Flags of our Fathers

Flags can make some interesting photo op’s at airshows.  This year at Wings Over Houston, this B17 Flying Fortress attracted my eye with the Texas and US flags waving in the wind as the sun was coming up.  In the first photo, the US flag is directly behind the turret, along with the sun.  In the second shot, the US flag is reflecting in the turret.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400mm lens, handheld

1/320 sec @ F14, ISO 100, evaluative metering

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1/2000 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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Blue Angels at Wings Over Houston

Spent two full days last weekend taking photos at the Wings Over Houston airshow.  It was great weather, which brought out record crowds as they sold out the show on Sunday.  Got to hang out with Christine and her father on Saturday, who is a former A4 pilot.  The Blue Angels were awesome as always.  With bright blue sky’s,  blue jets and harsh sunlight, decided to try B&W for something different, which helped to bring out the details in the smoke trails with the higher contrast.  Took lots of photos so more to come.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 lens, handheld

1/1250sec @ F10, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/1000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Jet Car

Got a front row seat along the fence for Wings Over Houston on Sat.  Got up close and personal with the Air National Guard jet car.  A little loud but an interesting photo op.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens


More from Wings Over Houston

A couple more batches of airshow photos and I’ll be back to birds, I promise.  These shots were taken from the south side of the airfield along hwy 3 on Sunday.  It’s always great to see the F22 Raptor.  Needless to say,  I took a few photos over the 3 days.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II


Where there is Fire, there is Smoke..

I always get excited when the gas bombs start going off during the Tora Tora Tora portion of the  Wings Over Houston airshow.  Where there is fire, there is smoke, which leads to some interesting photo op’s.  Tracked this Zero as he was heading through the smoke and was barely visible.  When adjusting the color using curves in Photoshop, tried setting the black point even though nothing was showing black.  It darkened the scene dramatically and led to this photo.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens, hand-held

Shutter priority, 1/320 sec @ F18, ISO 200, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation


Incoming Japanese Zero

Here is my favorite Zero shot from Wings Over Houston airshow on Friday.  Taken from along Hwy 3 near the end of the runway.  I like the straight-on perspective, the tilted wings and that you can see the pilot.  It was a cloudy day but it works for this shot.  This is the only authentic Zero at the show.  The rest are mock-up’s from the movie Tora Tora Tora.   The 500mm lens makes a great airshow lens when you aren’t too close to the action.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II, hand-held

Shutter priority, 1/320 @ F16, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation

1/1000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400,