Northrop N-9M captured by D5 / 200-400II

Airshows are an adrenaline rush for photographers! There are so many targets of opportunity, that it can be hard to get every shot. I’m here to tell, don’t try! At the end of the day, how many photographs do you need to share with your friends, family, IG, or blog to show you had a great time? At the end of the day, one, maybe two. Of course, we want and often get hundreds but having that one, that single one that folks just say, sweet, that’s the one we want to go for. Doesn’t mean we’ll get it, but we’ll put our best foot forward. An example …

Northrop N-9M captured by D5 / 200-400II

The Northrop N-9M was a one-third scale test bed for what became the Flying Wing that today we know as the B2 Bomber. If I remember correctly, only five were built and up to two years ago, only one survived and it was airworthy. Sadly, it crashed a couple of years back killing the pilot and pretty much destroying the only remaining example of a N-9M. There is so much going on in the skies at an airshow that trying to get it all, I tend to not come back with that “one” image. So I look for that rare aircraft, not necessary as in “rare” as much as one missing in my image library. This particular weekend I focused in on the N-9M. That’s one strategy I think of when I’m at an airshow in getting the shot. I save myself, prioritize my time, focus in on that one bird. I check the show schedule and make sure I’m in place right place to give it my best shot. Nine out of ten times the strategy works and I get that one shot I wanted. Just food for thought.

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