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on Nov 12, 2019 in Aviation

Thunderbirds – Home Court Advantage

Thunderbirds
captured by D3x / 200-400VR

This weekend the Thunderbirds will be at Aviation Nation Airshow which is at their home base, Nellis AFB. I think it’s where they have the best show all year with their home court advantage which is why I’ll be there with the KelbyOne crew filming my next aviation class. You might think that for me, this is a slam dunk but it will only be so if I do my homework this week.

Thunderbirds
captured by D3x / 200-400VR

While I have photographed the Thunderbirds previously, their show has evolved. That means this week I’m watching the video of their performance this week to have it in the back of my mind while photographing them. Jets move kinda fast and even though I’m shooting in Aperture Priority (no prop to blur) with a fast shutter speed, if I am trying to “catch up” to them in my panning, I won’t have the symmetry in my viewfinder when I go click. You also run the risk of capturing what is called, “tips and tails.” This is where you clip parts off of the aircraft in your photo. I’m also practicing my hand-holding and panning technique daily, twice a day actually, so I’m “loose” and prepped for the weekend. This is a free event so I hope you join us on the flight line for what will be a great weekend of flying!

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