Monday, April 21, 2008

Zoom! Zoom!



Sorry I've been away, but things have been busy. In addition to learning a new creative skill involving Photoshop CS for my paying gig, I've been playing Garden Gnome for Larry as we enter Farmer's Market season. It's a good time to be able to grow things, and I plan a blog post with some serious thoughts on that later this week if I have time.

But not today. This is a more lighthearted post, seeing as how I have some awesome photos from the air show this weekend. My aunt and uncle live by the airport where the US Air Force Thunderbirds flew this weekend - a great free venue - so we celebrated our first successful Saturday market by treating ourselves and the kids to a couple of hours of high-flying fun. I love the air show, despite the fact that about a gazillion gallons of fuel are exhausted for our entertainment. But whatever. The noise is awesome, and from a photographic standpoint the air show is a real challenge. Because the planes shoot over before the sound catches up with them,  if you aren't watching you can miss some good shots. I was lucky; my dad and a couple of gentleman in the crowd volunteered to be spotters for me so I'd be sure to get these gems:


Notice the Thunderbird painted under the plane



Flying in formation


It's amazing how in synch these guys were


My fave shot. Notice how the pilot's looking our way.



Coming right for us
Oh, the picture at the very top of this page was enhanced with Photoshop, but I still think it looks cool. If you want to see more shots from the air show let me know and I'll post more pics. I've got loads of them and could make a separate post of them if interest warrants. 


11 comments:

Lu' said...

Wow great photos. I think I like the last one the best, captured beautifully. I wouldn't mind looking at more, not all.

Morgan said...

Thanks, Lu!

Andrea said...

Reminds me of my childhood, growing up as an Air Force brat.
I like the underside of the Thunderbird, and the bright blue sky it's in.

laughingwolf said...

awesome pics, thx hon

look fwd to more, plus your market stuff, too :)

Kinggame said...

Great pics. The National Air Race Championships are like 30 minutes from my house. I never go. And now I feel spoiled.

Morgan said...

Kinggame, you *are* spoiled! My youngest son was quite upset when I told him that the air show wouldn't be back for a year.

Lu and Wuff, thanks for the nice comments. I'll try to post some more soon.

Andrea, the photo you mentioned was one of my favorites. The light must have been just right because that picture wasn't even retouched. The contrast was cool, I thought.

thimscool said...

Bah! What kind of hippy fawns over death machines?

Bring back the canoe!

Morgan said...

I'm clearly a Fallen Hippie, and will probably fall even farther from grace after my next post. ;-)

From a geopolitical perspective, the planes don't necessarily represent something good. From the perspective of a mom with a very, very excited five-year-old they made for a fantastic show.

Andrea said...

I need my hippie fix...

thimscool said...

Hubba hubba.

Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

Zoom Zoom
Such ...
Technology!

Very nice images
Nikon, here I come :)