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Oh Canada! Your Snowbirds flew South for the Winter!

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by drueter, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    The Snowbirds of the Canadian Airforce were the feature performers at the Wings Over Houston Airshow last weekend. They put on a good show, but the weather was overcast most of the day and I didn't have a long enough lens. I still took over 1000 shots with the D2H machine gun, but have a lot of processing to do yet. Here are a few of the Snowbirds:

    Take Off:

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    In formation - Top View:

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    In formation - Bottom View:

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    Which way is up???

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    Close Call (Easy to tell which plane I was tracking! Shutter speed way too slow!):

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    There were a lot of other planes flying during the show and I'll post more threads as I get things processed in the next few days.
  2. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi don-

    i like the motion blur of the last shot, shows you that the plans are moving. you've got your timing down pat, the wings are neatly lined up on that shot.

    the snowbirds performed at last year's fleet week airshow in SF in lieu of the blue angels (they were flying in hawaii i think). they're not as fast as the angels, but it's still great precision flying.

  3. Callie

    Callie Guest

    Hi Don
    Thanks you for the welcome
    Love this type of photography too, have never done it, as I think we have maybe 1 or 2 shows here a year in SA, and never anything as grand as you guys have across the pond. Lucky guy to own a machine gun - I would love one to shoot our own birds, real ones from take-off.
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Must have been a great site to see. We haven't had an airshow since 911.

    Nice images.

    Can't wait to see some more.

    How is your daughter doing.
  5. Don, thanks for sharing. Aren't air shows fun to shoot, PP is rather slow going as I think everyone gets sooo many shots to go through. Really liked the shot "Close Call" - the motion really adds to it.

  6. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    Okay, I'm not familiar with this aircraft. What is it?

    Excellent captures. Airshows are great fun. Unfortunately we don't have many around here and when we do they aren't that great.

    Oshkosh is on my list though. :smile:
  7. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Patrick - I didn't get a program at the show (and now regret that decision since I now can't identify many of the aircraft), but as I recall, the Snowbird aircraft are jet trainers built in Canada by Canadair. They're smaller and slower than the jets flown by some of the other show teams posted in other threads, but they're still a lot of fun to watch and shoot!
  8. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Great captures, Don. The image with the two crossing is very nice. You mentioned that your shutter speed was too slow...but the end result is still very nice. I shot a similar image (check my avitar) using a shutter speed much faster but the end result was certainly no better than yours. I'd print that image and frame it!!!
  9. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005

    Thanks Mark!!!
  10. We were supposed to have a show in Thunder Bay .....had my camera...long lens...monopod all ready...then we heard over the shortwave..."one bird down....he's got lots of silk..."

    Fortunately all they lost was a plane...it landed in a field in town...the pilot was picked up in the bush by one of the intrepid thunderbayites....who picked him up on a quad....

    Didn't get any pictures. but all things considered no one was hurt- which was much more important.

  11. Enjoyed your images, thanks.
  12. Woohooo, look at those boys fly!!! These are terrific pics, excellent captures, esp the formation shots!!!
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