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OC Blue Angels in Formation by Jim Horn

August 2019 - OC Blue Angels in Formation

August 2019 - Jim Horn


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Sony α99ii, Sony 500mm f/4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter (focal length 700mm), f/5.6, 1/4000 sec., ISO 1000, circular polarizer, tripod, gimbal.
The US Navy Blue Angels are the highlight of the Ocean City Air in Maryland every June. Here they fly in their classic formation called the “diamond.” They flew over the beach three blocks from me on the fifth floor of my timeshare condo. I rotated the image about 90 degrees clockwise so the F 18/A Super Hornets were flying up, now down “ then cropped it. I used Noise Reduction at high ISO so that I could use a very fast shutter speed and good depth of field because these jets were screaming fast. In Photoshop I used Camera Raw Filter dehaze, white and black, highlight and shadow adjustments with smart sharpening. Please compare this photo with my July 2019 entry and let me know which you like.

3 comments posted

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Wow! Just great!   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:49:31

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
Jim, your image for July and this are like comparing apples and oranges. They are very different. Rotating the image so the jets were moving upward was a good choice. I am wondering if you should dial down the dehaze filter. The image feels a bit unnaturally sharp considering that the jets were moving. I think the dehaze might be accentuating the noise in the sky that does not exist in the original.   Posted: 08/14/2019 21:21:02
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, I appreciate your review. I started all over from the original RAW photo and came up with this. Dr. Jim   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:24:28
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