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on Jun 23, 2010 in Aviation

A Little Jet Action

Typically in June, Reno is HOT, like 90-100 hot. Typical though for my year, the heat I wanted for the afternoon thunderstorms was only 69 the first day. Not makin no clouds when it’s that cold. On Thursday, a little thermal action happened and the clouds began to form.

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We were at Pylon #4 and saw the clouds forming. When there are great clouds you wanta be at Pylon #5. But you just can’t drive wherever you want on the course whenever you want. FAA and all that stuff. So, we had our eyes on Pylon#5 but didn’t make the move until we knew it was the place to be. Pylon#4 don’t suck so didn’t want to leave a great place but we didn’t dare jinx ourselves and move early.

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Above is a L-39 Albratros which soon was joined by a TS-11 Iskra (with a hot paint job). You might be looking at the clouds and thinking, “did they move?”

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Nope, we didn’t move this day, the clouds just never got to have any real drama to them. There were little wisps here and there like you see here which were nice, but you had to watch very carefully in the viewfinder as you panned to capture those small wisps in the background.

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The color of the TS-11 Iskra against the blue sky with the hint of clouds just rocked though. And it was great fun and a challenge to capturing it in front of the right wisp of clouds. It makes shooting at the pylons fun!

Photos captured by D3s, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film