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on Mar 28, 2011 in Aviation

Special Effects Don’t Hurt a Thing!

Part of the airshow are the pyrotechnics set up to simulate bomb drops. They are a HUGE crowd pleaser! When they go off you can feel the heat from the blast. Some pilots tend to avoid the fire and smoke while others seem to gravitate right to it. I like those pilots because I’ve had some great success shooting the planes in the smoke. The A-10 Warthog pilot today was one such pilot who made his first pass through the smoke as you see here during his tight bank turn demo.

His next pass he changed his orbit and orientation so now we’re looking down on top of the plane. The best part is the smoke is diffusing the light to some degree giving a better lighting pattern then I had shooting without the smoke. It was simply a cool photo op that happened for just a moment.

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