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on Aug 4, 2010 in Aviation

Let the Show Begin – Day 1

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After cruising the statics for a while, we walked over and got a so-so place for the afternoon airshow. They do a military solute / demo before the actual show and with the skies I was really excited. While I have a special place in my heart for the old prop warbirds, after this demo I started to make little extra room for the old jets.

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Here you have a A-4 Skyhawk trainer and F-86, two real classics. They were two of a three plane formation but with their speed, the background and how I wanted to place them in the frame, the third jet simply didn’t make the cut.

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What you’re seeing here are the images in the sequence they were taken with the D3x cranking at top speed of 1.8s. The time between the first and last photo is just 3 seconds. Of the 3 images, the center is my favorite and that’s because of the background. Many like the last image because of its larger subjects. But I feel that most know what a plane looks like without having to show it large in the frame. This leaves room to bring in a little something extra and in this case, the middle frame has the background that just says speed a little better than the others. Can’t forget that even with planes, being visual communicators is still the roll we fill as photographers.

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 handheld on Lexar UDMA digital film