The Way I See It

The Blue Angels

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Angel and Albert

Angel and Albert

The Blue Angels were in town recently. I decided to mosey down to the Museum of Flight, where they were based. Tons of people and we only got to see a little bit of the action (the main airshow takes place over Lake Washington), but it was worth it. I enjoyed the speed and the carnival atmosphere. Also, got lots of usable shots, but nothing that really struck my fancy except for these two.

Vapor Trails

Vapor Trails

Photog Notes
Angel and Albert was actually shot through a chain link fence, which I used as a design element (there were just too many people between me and the fence). To isolate the Blue Angel, I used an extremely wide aperture of f/5.6. This made the fence dissolve while pulling the jet out from Fat Albert and the structures in the background.

Vapor Trails was one of many, many in-the-sky images that I made. Since this was my first serious attempt at chronicling the jets, I literally ended up with ~100 images with the Blue Angels glued to a brilliant summer sky. Perfectly in focus, in double formation, triple, quad, quint  and even all six of them. Problem was, I’d done no better than if I’d photoshopped them onto the blue background. Gotta work on the technique more next year.

 

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Written by xinapray

August 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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  1. […] August 25, 2011 by bikeal Leave a Comment The Blue Angels were in town recently. I decided to mosey down to the Museum of Flight, where they were based. Tons of people and we only got to see a little bit of the action (the main airshow takes place over Lake Washington), but it was worth it. I enjoyed the speed and the carnival atmosphere. Also, got lots of usable shots, but nothing that really struck my fa … Read More […]


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