Dale Yates  

Blue Angels by Dale Yates

September 2021 - Blue Angels

About the Image(s)

Image Description: Last month the US Navy Blue Angels conducted a weekend air show at the Willow Run Airport near our house. On Thursday and Friday of that week they were practicing their flight patterns which caused them fly over and near our house. I was able to take advantage of this opportunity and take a series of photos of these planes in flight while standing on my front porch.

This image was taken with the following: RAW format; Canon 90D camera; Sigma 100-400 f/5-6.3 lens; aperture f/6.3; shutter speed 1/2500; ISO 400; focal length 400mm. A CPL filter was also utilized. Post processing in Lightroom includes adjustment to contrast, highlights and shadows, color adjustments, and overall sharpening.

9 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Location, location, location. Taking picture of the Blue Angels from your porch. Wow!!

I saw them 2 weeks ago in Chicago - downtown on a crowded Lake Michigan beach (90 minute drive down and $40 to park). Still glad I did it - lots of fun. I may post an image next month.

Good sharpness for subjects passing at several hundred miles/hour. Amazing how close they fly to one another; not sure it that's human skill or computers; either way it's impressive. I was told they can get their wingtips within 18 inches of one another - at close to the speed of sound - fifty feet above the lake.

Your color adjustments are perfect; the blue/yellow is exactly how I saw it.

Go Navy!

  Posted: 09/02/2021 16:58:44

Will Korn   Will Korn
You had your wits about you when you grabbed your camera and made this image. It's not easy to respond to a surprise visit by screaming fast things and get a sharp, well-exposed shot. Well done! Well-done to the pilots too, egads.   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:04:18

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Wow, your front porch! They are coming to San Francisco in early October and I am hoping to see them, but, like Steven, I will have to make a trek and park and deal with crowds. You did a great job capturing them!

  Posted: 09/02/2021 17:56:43
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Jennifer - my comments were not meant to discourage . . . I had a blast - spent two days down there - thousands of images - many "keepers." Your 100-400 will be perfect. I look forward to seeing your best shots in November!   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:05:39
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
I'll do my best!   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:10:51

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Beautiful capture. I agree with all the comments. It is so hard to think about HOW to shoot them when you don't have much time, and you did a great job. I am so thankful to all of our service men and women, and it is AMAZING how close they can get to each other. My husband loves military history, so many of our trips are to military museums. If you ever have the change to go to Dayton, OH, to the National Museum of the USAF, you should go--and spend SEVERAL days! Amazing the progress of flight from the Wright Brothers' bicycle to space!   Posted: 09/08/2021 07:54:05

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Holy Molly, Dale!! Great capture! The only thing I would do here is to "Dodge" the underside of each jet to bring out the yellow, blue and a little detail! Awesome!   Posted: 09/14/2021 06:17:50

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
What can I say? Great image well captured. The pail blue of the sky helps to separate it from the dark blue of the jets.   Posted: 09/16/2021 15:11:50

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
They say three is the best number of similar items in a photo. However, this is an exception to THAT rule. Great shot of the birds. I'm an Air Force retired person and having been at these shows and taken pictures you have taken a great photo. I can also tell you that the other planes follow the lead plane and if he goes into the drink they go with him.   Posted: 09/17/2021 06:31:24


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