There are some things we come to expect from the Air Races and one of those things is the lack of clouds. Normally we get lucky and have just one day of good clouds to go with the planes but for some reason this year we had clouds almost every day. Heck the day i drove in it started snowing outside of Sparks! That same night they had an amazing thunder and lightning storm over the field. Sadly they couldn’t find a subject to put with the skies.
Thursday we had another great cloudy day with amazing thunder heads brewing to the east. They never got to Stead nor did we have much overhead but with the combination of the 200-400 and getting low, Voodoo stacked up pretty nicely with the sky. Voodoo was pulled out to do a maintenance warmup, testing the engine making sure it was ready for the next heat.
Voodoo is always an interesting photo subject, the paint scheme and team shirts just stick out with every background. Sometimes it works really well, sometimes it doesn’t. The problem i seem to find is that good time to shoot Voodoo when the paint scheme isn’t overpowering to the point that you just can’t look at it. The mid afternoon light works decently here but it still could’ve been better. It was still fun to watch the team do their usual drills as they were getting ready for the next race.
Images Captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 200-400 VRI, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film