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Nov 05, 2017 18:16 |  #1651

I attended the annual Wings Over Houston airshow last Saturday and probably should have just stayed at home. I had only a couple of hours sleep and my back was killing me. Ellington Field is big enough where just walking from the entrance to the back of the crowds was several hundred yards. By the time I found a spot, I was not just exhausted, but in a lot of pain. Oh well, time to suck it up. Houston has only one airshow a year. And they gouge you for it pretty good too.

I decided to leave my old 10.1 mp EOS XS DSLR at home and instead took my 24.3 mp Sony NEX 7. At least the NEX has a viewfinder, so I wouldn't have to deal with reflections and all, looking at the display. Well, in retrospect, I think I would have been better off taking my old Canon and leaving the NEX. It was extremely bright last Saturday and the brilliant sun overloaded my NEX's ability to keep up with its digital viewfinder's display. I don't have a long zoom for that camera, so I packed one of my favorite manual focus zooms instead -- a Tokina AT-X 100-300mm f/4, a very sharp zoom. Well, I was dependent on the NEX's focus peaking utility to tell me when a subject was in focus. This normally works pretty well, but it was so bright last Saturday, that the best I could make out was a slight yellow glow around an airplane (focus peaking shows in yellow) as it whizzed by. So I was guessing this would be good enough.

I was shooting with the lens stopped down usually to f/16 or f/11 because I wanted to get the shutter speeds low enough -- 1/250 or slower -- that I would get some convincing prop blur. Usually this isn't a problem for me. But combine the difficulty I was having with focusing and just my general fatigue, and very few of my images were salvageable. I think I wound up with maybe 25 or 30 keepers. Compare that with the first time I took my Canon DSLR to an airshow, where I took over 800!

So anyway, here are some of the better shots I managed. The Thunderbirds were the feature act, but I didn't get a single keeper from their show. I was so dead tired by then I was barely able to see straight.

This B-17 is at the show every year. I have much better shots of it than this one:

IMAGE: http://michaelmcbroom.com/images/aircraft/woh2017/b17_flyby_woh2017_2b.jpg

This B-25 is also a regular. This pic is halfway decent, at least:

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An A-1 Skyraider:

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Couple a helicopters:

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And some jets:

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Better luck next year.

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Nov 05, 2017 19:02 |  #1652

Collings foundation WWII reenactment October 2017:

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Nov 05, 2017 19:14 |  #1653

Wrong edit. Here is the newest one:

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Nov 07, 2017 03:13 |  #1654

A couple more from the Bonham Texas show this year

1) Something Borrowed
Curt Richmond Performing in Kate Kyer's Pitts S-2B

2) With a Wave...
Chet Kuhn waves to the crowd on his photo pass

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Nov 07, 2017 10:29 as a reply to RaptorFuel's post |  #1655

Love the A-10. Such a beast.


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Perfectly ­ Frank
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Nov 07, 2017 10:37 |  #1656

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Wow, really nice!
Great close-up on number 2. I could almost reach out and shake his hand!


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Nov 07, 2017 10:45 |  #1657

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Nov 07, 2017 10:58 |  #1658

A couple from RNAS Culdrose Airday a couple of years ago...

Polish Mig 29 Fulcrum

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Nov 08, 2017 03:43 |  #1659

Warbird Formation Takeoff
Steve Afeman - North American SNJ-5 (N810JF) and Carl Best - North American T-6G Texan (N729AM) Miss Texas

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Nov 08, 2017 09:17 |  #1660

DavidFranks wrote in post #18491579 (external link)
Warbird Formation Takeoff
Steve Afeman - North American SNJ-5 (N810JF) and Carl Best - North American T-6G Texan (N729AM) Miss Texas

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Very good use of shutter speed to photograp this plane on the air. Great photo, well done.


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Nov 08, 2017 09:19 |  #1661

Mgdh wrote in post #18490834 (external link)
A couple from RNAS Culdrose Airday a couple of years ago...

Polish Mig 29 Fulcrum
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North American T6 Harvard with a Grumman Wildcat (Martlet in Royal Navy use)
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Great captures of these flying planes. Great photos.


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Nov 09, 2017 04:40 |  #1662

More of Steve Afeman and Carl Best

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Nov 09, 2017 15:45 |  #1663

DC-3 Flagship Detroit


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Nov 10, 2017 06:10 |  #1664

Athens Flying Week, held a couple of months ago in Tanagra Greece.

Zeus demo team F-16C, pulling some serious Gs


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Belgian F-16MLU with ''Gizmo'' in one of his last displays

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Greek CL-415 water bomber

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Greek Mirage 2000-5BG close-up


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F-4E Phantom AUP


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F-16D vs M2000-5BG Dogfight


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UH-1H Huey, still used by the Hellenic Army Aviation

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Nov 10, 2017 08:06 |  #1665

Excellent set & great pan on the heli.


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