United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Here is a series I did of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. I have watched the Blue Angels fly but for some reason I like the Thunderbirds. Have you even seen them fly? It’s something to watch for sure.
They come out of nowhere in full force aligned perfectly next to each other with inches to spear. The ability to fly one of these is incredible let alone flying next to another 5 with inches to spear.
I did this series in B&W with a bit of grain because it just called for it. I can hear the F16s roaring through the skies when I peek at these photos.
What’s your favorite photo? Can you guess what mine is? Event though I like them all, I do have a favorite :)
United States Air Force Thunderbirds
Have you ever photographed air shows? They can be a lot of fun and very challenging especially if you do not know what you are doing. I suggest shooting at 1/8000 of a second at a wide open F-stop then you can adjust your ISO accordingly. This way you can be sure to freeze the planes in mid air.
Some people would say to use a monopod as a zoom lens can get really heavy, however I suggest to hand hold your camera, these F16s go so fast, you might miss the action wrestling around with your monopod. Just shoot as you need and put your camera down. This way you will have a better chance of getting the shots you really want.
My next shoot of planes will be with the Blue Angels, I just have to check their schedule and follow them around. It would also be incredible to shoot them both at the same time. It’s always nice to watch them all in perfect coordination. After all we are all in the same team.
Las Coloradas Mexico/ What you see here are huge salt evaporation ponds for sea salt extraction. Some of them show peculiar colors due to microorganisms in the water, like the pink lagoon. Note that in order for you to catch the ultra pink color, the water needs to be in direct sunlight, the best time to catch this really cool phenomenon is at noon on a clear day.
I shot this with my drone, and of course, it is best if you have a model to make the photo more interesting or simply add the human element. Who is the model I brought? Her name is Mercedes, without this shot wouldn’t be as cool, however, you don’t have to bring a model for this place to be epic. If I would have been alone, I would have asked someone there or simply used myself to give the place some perspective.
I edited this shot with my aerial presets. They are tastefully re-mastered.
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Las Coloradas Mexico
If you want to visit these places, I highly recommend a guided tour. To go on your own is kind of an adventure and hard to find the cool spots.
Hurricane Irma left a bit of destruction behind. From a lot of trees all over the place to boats, I mean lots of boats. The Miami waters look like a Hollywood set from a Sci-fi movie.
I have visited a lot of marinas in the past couple days, and all of them have boats all over the place. Talking to the workers there were a lot more boats before as the owners and insurance companies have been showing up to salvage what is left of their vessels.
I shot these at a marina close to my house. There are so many boats here and these are some of the leftover damage. I shot all these with my Mavic Pro and I edited them with my DJI Lightroom Presets, the Coastal Preset to be exact.
Looking at these photos makes me a bit sad, what once was someone’s dream to have an incredible boat, is now just litter in the ocean… A reminder of the power mother nature carries.
The sky was on fire like a bomb went off in the distance. It was insane. Luckily I had my drone and I was able to get some really cool footage. I love days like this intense. The cloud formations were just perfect. I shot all these photos with my Mavic Pro and edited them with my new DJI Lightroom Presets. For having such a small sensor, the camera on the Mavic Pro works great.
Miami sunsets are always epic.
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I shot these two images with my Mavic Pro. I must say every time I fly the little drone, I’m super impressed by it. The image quality is almost there, but with the help of my Dji Lightroom Presets, its the images are there.
I went to catch a sunrise this particular morning and after the sun came up, I pulled out the Mavic and had some fun.