The Return of the Military Performers

Yes! Finally after much waiting the military performers are back and they are a welcome sight. I’m not a huge jet fan but I do enjoy when the come out and do their demos. The F-22 is one that always has my attention. First off it just has a bad ass look. when flying, static, profile or even from the tail it just looks like it means business. Then once it starts its performance you just can’t keep your eyes off it.

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Using the D4, 200-400 VR and SunSniper Strap, I really like this combo, it’s pretty darn simple to get that shot of this plane. Unlike when photographing prop powered aircraft, jets are very simple. Why is that? Well I can shoot in aperture priority at 1/1500th a second and that fast shutter speed makes a huge difference. I can’t do that with a prop plane because I want that prop to be blurred not frozen. Pilots don’t like frozen props and somehow they have this uncanny ability to always find images of their planes. This means having to shoot in shutter priority at less then 1/125th to get a blur. This past weekend it was 1/80th and 1/60th the whole time. Now I’ll be honest I ended throwing a lot away due to being a little rusty but the keepers, as you can see in my last blog post, have great props.

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I’ve seen a lot of great heritage flights but this one I really liked. It was just a great combo between the rugged P-47 “Jug” Thunderbolt, the P-51D Mustang, the Fork Tailed Devil P-38 Lightning, and the F-22 Raptor. From then till now it was great to see the evolution.

The F-22’s Sure Make Their Presence Known

After a busy day of working on articles and images there’s nothing better than working on the blog. I know i could be playing games or watching movies but I felt the desire to bring more to the site and the photographic world. I might have been starring at this monitor to much today because i cannot believe the words i just typed nevertheless I do have a fun blog to post. One of the great demos that we had this past week was of the F-22 Raptors. Now my brother had been talking about the F-22’s for sometime and are his favorite aircraft, but for myself i haven’t had a chance to photograph them. Until now.

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The power, prescion and performance of these planes is very impressive. Now the part that i found funny is that they brought in two in case one breaks. Well the first day of the demos, one broke down. They then flew in a third plane and sure enough the second plane broke down. So it was an interesting to watch that whole military event. The planes themselves are awesome, the capabilities of the thrust and turn radius are truly impressive. It was fun watching. Although very difficult to get a shot during the high speed pass. Go figure right.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 200-400VRII, Sunsniper Strap, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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