The Blue Angels captured by D3x / 200-400VR

This tip I pass along actually comes from Sharon. We were at the Reno Air Races and I had followed my #1 Tip, Just Show Up and was on the line before sunrise admiring those blue beauties. The airman responsible for the F-18 right in front of me was preflighting the plane. There was a rope between me and the planes. I wanted to get past that rope and to the east to get the shot you see here. Sharon said, “Smile!” When the airman looked at me, I smiled broadly and that started a conversation and that let to being asked if I want to get closer. Every since my #2 tip in aviation photography is a big, sincere smile! Because every since this event, the smile has gotten me into place and meeting people so I can get the photograph I envision.
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