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Old Oct 20, 2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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Took a long lunch today near Ellington Field hoping to catch some planes coming in for the airshow this weekend. I managed to catch the USAF Thunderbirds doing some warmups, along with one of the biplanes, and a photographer's plane. All of these were taken with my Pentax K100D and the Tamron 28-300 in AF-C. I accidently left the ISO set at 800 (doh!). Cropped and tweaked in PPL3 (yeah, I know I have some dust in some shots).

Here is a long shot of the Thunderbirds in formation along with a biplane/stuntplane and a photographer's plane.



Here's a closer shot.



Here's the photographer hanging out of the blue/white plane.



Got some nice high speed passes at the end of the runway.



And some nice low speed passes.



Finally, saw one of the "locals" while I was out there.



I'm sure I'll get lots more shots this weekend, including a lot of the old warbirds!

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 6:41 AM   #2
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Russ,

Really like the low speed pass - it's a very good shot.

The others I'm not too fond of - to far away and/or too soft - but that low speed is GREAT!
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Nice shots. When does the show start Saturday?
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The others I'm not too fond of - to far away and/or too soft - but that low speed is GREAT!
Yeah, John...you're looking at the limits of the Tamron...or my ability...or a little of both.

I could probably postprocess them a little better, and if I wasn't in love with posting large shots, they'd look better a little smaller. All in all, though, I'm satisfied for a quick afternoon shoot.

Thanks for the comments.

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I think it's just a limitation of the lens and reality - some times things are just too far away to get a sharp shot. No fault of the photographer.
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Nice shots. When does the show start Saturday?
Thanks! Gates open from 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Here are a few shots from today...mainly old warbirds (a little easier to catch than the jets).

"The attack came out of the sun..."

Reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor









Fighter escort...



And finally, an unimpressed spectator to all the events....



Thanks for looking. All taken with my Pentax K100D and the Tamron 28-300 (non-DI).



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Very cool shots... Love the war planes
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