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Old 14th of November 2007 (Wed)   #61
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wow, some great shots. here's 3 I took last summer.





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Old 14th of November 2007 (Wed)   #62
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Ok - that's at least the 2nd shot of Fat Albert where the props seem to have some sort of time-lapsed blur coming off the tips, but the stop-motion on the blades themselves and fuselage is too sharp for it to have been a long shutter exposure. What is causing that - cause it looks cool as heck. It it just a sweet-spot in the shutter speed that allows both?
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Chris, it's the 'wingtip vortex' from the prop blades.. cool eh?
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Sweet - so it requires the right atmospheric and physical conditions for it to happen?
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condensation...you see it more when the props are under heavy torque and the humidity is high....

If you notice, the props are at a high angle....
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Old 14th of November 2007 (Wed)   #66
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First 2 are from the Overberg air show. They are allowed to fire weapons as Overberg airforce base is a testing range.

Rooivalk attack helicopter firing 2 rockets


Cheetah C firing air-to-air missile (heavily cropped)


Two firefighting helicopters water-bombing on Table Mounting in Janaury 2006


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Old 14th of November 2007 (Wed)   #67
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Multiple layered shots of a Warthog rolling


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First 2 are from the Overberg air show. They are allowed to fire weapons as Overberg airforce base is a testing range.

Rooivalk attack helicopter firing 2 rockets


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How cool!

Unfortunately, military air shows in the US all take place at bases that are in the middle of built-up residential areas. The pilots that are based here at Miramar have to go all the way to El Centro or Fallon, NV to be able to do live weapons firing. The US military would never hold a show at one of these remote firing ranges because nobody would come (too far away) and there'd be major security problems.
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Eglin AFB is right on the edge of a huge range. You can feel the 105MMs hitting the ground from miles away. I am surprised they have not opened that range up to the public for a viewing of a live fire exercise. I am sure the protesters would have a field day with that huh
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Legacy Flight

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I love the Bearcat, one of my favourite Piston engine aircraft. Nice focus on it, but to my eye the F-18 is slightly soft, (shallow DOF). If this was intentional then I apologise, but otherwise it spoils the photo for me.
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I probably have the physics wrong but:

The Bug is flying an arc around the outside of the Bearcat's turn radius and therefore has to fly slightly faster to hold station...

So, if this was shot at about 1/125 or so (maybe even a little slower judging by the prop blur...) and you're panning to match the speed of the Bearcat, you aren't panning as fast as the Hornet is flying.

(Ok, so it makes sense in my brain...)
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I probably have the physics wrong but:

The Bug is flying an arc around the outside of the Bearcat's turn radius and therefore has to fly slightly faster to hold station...

So, if this was shot at about 1/125 or so (maybe even a little slower judging by the prop blur...) and you're panning to match the speed of the Bearcat, you aren't panning as fast as the Hornet is flying.

(Ok, so it makes sense in my brain...)
But with most of the Heritage Flight shots I have seen on this and other forums the FJ matches the speed of the slower, piston powered ac, and therefore is in formation with it. To my (simple) mind they should both be in focus - unless, as you say the FJ is moving faster relative to the ac on the inside. In whch case the idea of 2 ac (with different cruise speeds) in formation doesn't really work. Especially as the Bearcat is still one of the fastest piston engined aircraft ever made.
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As an aside, what a waste of a back seat -the F-18 is a 2 seater with only one filled!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I had two things going against me on that particular shot. Distance of the Bug to the Cat and the speed. This is another photos of the two zoomed out a little.

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I had two things going against me on that particular shot. Distance of the Bug to the Cat and the speed. This is another photos of the two zoomed out a little.

Nice sharp shot. It looks like the light was fading too, judging by the nav light on the F-18
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I've only been to one air show and came unprepared but ...



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