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Old Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 AM   #1
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Default First Airplane Shots.....LRAFB Airshow

After waiting nearly two hours to go the one mile to the freeway following an eight hour airshow....there's no way I'm going to process the more than two thousand photos I took today.

That will probably take most of the week. But, I couldn't resist getting out a few....



A Navy F-18 on takeoff




Thursday, a member of the Air Force's elite Thunderbird Performance Team visited myh high school because to two of my students, Major Richard Goodman is simply Uncle Rick. Sunday, he showed why he was chosen for the Thunderbirds....(he is Thunderbird #5)



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Old Oct 11, 2010, 1:53 AM   #2
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Wow, very impressive, especially the detail on the two f16s in the last shot.
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It looked like a overcast day, did a nice job getting the detail of the plan without as much light.
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Always good to see airshow pics. A couple suggestions for next time out. First, these shots are both underexposed. Looks like you had plenty of light to work with here (ISO 100, 1/1000, f/8).

Second, I wouldn't limit your shutter to 1/1000 when shooting jets. The photos aren't as sharp as they could be because at 1/1000 panning still comes into play a bit. Especially on the f16s - look how fuzzy the "UNITED" is. With that much light to work with, no reason not to use ISO 400 and correct both the under-exposure as well as getting a faster shutter which will help with sharpness / detail. Part of the issue on the f-16 pic might be a heavy crop though too. Even going up to 1/2000 will get you better sharpness - and correcting the exposure will help bring out detail:
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wow I cant belive how close those F16s were. nice shoots but I would try some exposure adjustment in camera raw or lightroom to get some more contrast/brightness in the shots


Edit: Very strange to see the #5 is upside down on his plane.? Is that because he is expected to do quite a bit of that upside down trickery?
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they are about 3 meters apart in the fuselage. It is a optical illusion. As the number 6 is about 3 meters behind the number 5. The wings are really close though.
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they are about 3 meters apart in the fuselage. It is a optical illusion. As the number 6 is about 3 meters behind the number 5. The wings are really close though.
They would have to be, as they couldn't see each other otherwise! And if the 5 is inverted, is the other a 6 or a 9?
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there are only 7 fighters in the group. Number 7 is for the press and vip rides as it is a 2 seater.

5 and 6 are the soles fighters. 1-4 flies the group formations and are in a diamond allot of the time.
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They would have to be, as they couldn't see each other otherwise! And if the 5 is inverted, is the other a 6 or a 9?
The numbers flip over when the jet does!

Nice job for your first try on airplane shooting, Paul.
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Number 5 is always the inverted jet, so they paint it upside down.
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