This weekend I went to my first ever airshow at the Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego. It was fantastic seeing (and hearing) the US Navy Blue Angels (F/A-18 Hornets) and another group called the Patriots Jet Team (former Blue Angels pilots) flying in tight formation, and roaring past! Talk about tracking! Probably not the best venue to take super-fast action shots for the first time either, but I set forth armed with my rented 80-400mm f/4.5 lens and camera set to Auto Focus and Continuous Shutter (Group focus). Lots of traditional-type shots, but hey I gotta take 'em at least once, right?
These are 9 of my favorites, with settings.
DSC 6411 (Patriots in formation w smoke): 400mm, 1/2000 sec., f/4, ISO 100
DSC 6452 (Patriots, dive run): same as above
DSC 7178 (Blue Angel solo): 400, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 160
DSC 7273 (Blue Angels formation with smoke): 400, 1/1600 sec., f/5.6, ISO 160
DSC 7274 (Blue Angels tight formation): same
DSC 7278 (Blue Angels abstract): same
DSC 7312 (Blue Angels B&W): same
DSC 7531 (Blue Angel with vapor): 310mm, 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, ISO 160
DSC 7562 (Blue Angels silhouette): 300mm, 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, ISO 160