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Sun Oct 3, 2021, 10:28 PM

Here are the rest of my airshow pics.

Last edited Sun Oct 3, 2021, 11:45 PM - Edit history (1)

I shot more than six thousand frames, but I'm worn out from editing pics. These will have to do for a while.

The teams are the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, the R.C.A.F. Snowbirds, and the U.S.N. Blue Angels.

Thank you all for your support. Enjoy!

Grumpy












































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Reply Here are the rest of my airshow pics. (Original post)
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 3 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 3 #1
brer cat Oct 3 #2
OneBlueDotS-Carolina Oct 3 #3
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 3 #4
OneBlueDotS-Carolina Oct 4 #12
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 4 #16
FuzzyRabbit Oct 3 #5
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 4 #7
FuzzyRabbit Oct 4 #10
groundloop Oct 11 #24
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 11 #25
burrowowl Oct 4 #6
czarjak Oct 4 #8
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 4 #9
Irish_Dem Oct 4 #11
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 4 #13
housecat Oct 4 #14
Retired Engineer Bob Oct 4 #15
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 7 #21
AndyS Oct 5 #17
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 7 #23
BigmanPigman Oct 5 #18
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 5 #19
Beacool Oct 6 #20
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 7 #22
Duppers Oct 13 #26
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 13 #27
Duppers Sunday #28

Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sun Oct 3, 2021, 10:36 PM

1. I'm sure you're tired, my dear Grumpy! Editing photos is WORK. These are amazing captures.

Thank you so much for all your efforts. They are stunning and great to look at.

Take a bow, and a rest! You have more than earned both.



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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sun Oct 3, 2021, 10:38 PM

2. Great shots, Grumpy Old Guy!

Their close formations put my heart in my stomach. You have captured it very well.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sun Oct 3, 2021, 10:58 PM

3. Great shots...

The Royal Canadian Air Force, RCAF, flies the Canadair Tutor, a jet trainer from the 1960s.

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Response to OneBlueDotS-Carolina (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 3, 2021, 11:44 PM

4. Thanks for the correction.

Their aircraft are slower, which allows for larger teams and more intricate routines.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 08:58 AM

12. They were going to replace them...

Now it appears they will modernize them with glass avionics, reinforce the wings, thus they can remain in service with the Snowbirds for another decade or more. Of note, it wasn't a correction, just thinking of my late Dad, a WWII RCAF pilot, who hated that the Canadian Government dropped the RCAF name and changed it to air arm, Canadian Forces. They returned to the former RCAF a few years ago.

Again, thank you for the great pics.

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Response to OneBlueDotS-Carolina (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 07:40 PM

16. It was my pleasure.

I should point out that the Canadian flyers are one of the most popular parts of the show.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Sun Oct 3, 2021, 11:48 PM

5. More nice pics. Thanks.

I noticed yesterday that the propellers on the prop planes were quite sharp. So I wonder what shutter speed did you use to get such clear shots?

Of the thousands of photos of the Blue Angels in Seattle that I printed at the photo lab, nearly all were of black F-18s backlit against a bright blue sky. How do you get such good photos of the planes against such a bright sky -- editing software for brightness and contrast?

Anyway, great photos!

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 12:35 AM

7. Thanks FuzzyRabbit.

I shot these at 1/2000th of a second. I was actually going to go faster, but the pro photographers I was shooting with talked me out of it. I'm still wondering if I did the right thing.

You are absolutely right about the Blue Angels. Those pics were by far the hardest to get right. I would say the planes were a bit lighter than Navy blue but not quite royal blue. The exposures were further complicated by the fact that they were the last event of the day, starting their routine about 3:30 P.M. The sun was getting lower and they were harshly backlit.

I generally prefer shooting RAW and adjusting the colors myself in Adobe Camera Raw. In this case I went a step further. I selected the jets in Photoshop using luminance masking. Then I brought the exposure and saturation up on them, leaving the rest of the image alone. If you look at the shot of the two jets over the lifeguard tower you'll see that the saturation is too hot.

I really enjoy the editing. I created some custom presets with the first few shots, which I could use for the rest of the images. However, they didn't help much with the Blue Angels shots. I had to do each one of those individually.

Grumpy

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 01:37 AM

10. Thanks, Grumpy.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 11, 2021, 01:07 AM

24. You might try going even slower for prop planes.

I've attended several talks by professional aviation photographers and they pointed out that prop planes just flat out look wrong if the prop is totally stopped in a photograph.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 11, 2021, 03:21 AM

25. That is a very good point.

Thanks!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 12:13 AM

6. Some really good shots!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 01:07 AM

8. What a difference a day makes. Ecological disasters aren't worth it unless they are?

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Response to czarjak (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 01:15 AM

9. It's tragic!

That section of the coastline has a lot of wetlands. This is a real tragedy.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 05:51 AM

11. Great pictures! I feel like I was actually there watching all of it!

Thank you for taking the pics and posting them!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 09:26 AM

13. Thanks all for the kind words.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 04:03 PM

14. The pilots are beyond amazing

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Mon Oct 4, 2021, 05:49 PM

15. Excellent photos

Thank you for posting

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Response to Retired Engineer Bob (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:52 AM

21. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 5, 2021, 10:22 AM

17. Ya' did good, My Friend.

It was good to see the vintage Blue Angels. They made some beautiful airplanes back when.

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Response to AndyS (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:53 AM

23. Thanks Andy!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Tue Oct 5, 2021, 05:58 PM

18. The Miramar Base in San Diego has an airshow

every year and they would practice overhead of my 1st grade classroom. We couldn't hear and it was distracting so every year I would take my class outside to play for 30 minutes so we could all watch. I also made it into a mini Science lesson about how sound and light travels in waves (the roar of the plane could be heard after the plane had already flown out of sight). I wanted to see them as much as the kids.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 5, 2021, 06:33 PM

19. How cool!

I bet the kids loved it. That's something they'll remember the rest of their lives.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 11:15 PM

20. Beautiful photos.

Lovely composition.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #20)

Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:52 AM

22. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 02:28 AM

26. WOWZER!

What great shots!

Sorry to just now respond, Grumpy.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 03:44 AM

27. Thanks Duppers! ❤

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #27)

Sun Oct 17, 2021, 05:45 PM

28. Back at ya, my friend.

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