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.
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.
Happy shooting friends :)