October 30, 2016
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Recently the Blue Angels performed at Wings Over Houston. My friend Doug Haass invited me to shoot with him from a unique vantage point – the end of the runway. What an awesome place to be set up as they came so close. We actually climbed up on a large mound of mulch. Yes, mulch, we had to tromp down the top where we were to give us a small base for footing. It was like standing on a water bed as everything seemed to float. I’d do it again!
The main group of four took off away from us and climbed high. Shortly after the last two started their run from the opposite of the runway heading our way. One took off about mid way and this one stayed low to the ground. As he got the end of the runway he pulled up hard and accelerated straight up. I wanted to look so bad but stayed focused on him. I couldn’t even begin to explain the excitement I was feeling as it snapped straight up. The vibration and roar was just spectacular!
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO 320
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO 320