One of the best ways to welcome summer is watching the air show at Hill Air Force Base from my home over the Memorial Day weekend. Although the air show doesn’t happen every Memorial Day weekend, it just so happened to work out that way this year.
Canon 60D | 55-200mm lens | 1/1250 | f/11 | ISO 100
Camping, hiking, swimming and sometimes skiing are other great ways of welcoming the summer season here in Utah, but the poor weather this year made many of those other tasks unlikely.
I will admit that actually going to Hill Air Force Base to watch the show from the grand stands is the best way to enjoy the show. But hours of getting on and off base made it unlikely this year. Luckily, our home is located close enough to the base to watch the planes flying overhead as they line up for their next flyby.
Check out some of the other photos I shot of the show on my Facebook page.
How many of us have tried taking a photo out the plane window? It can be a little challenging with the darkness of the plane and the brightness of the outdoors. So on my way to Philadelphia a week ago, I whipped out my GoPro to take a few shots out the window to see if the wide-angle of the GoPro would make for a good photo.
I took that photo while in the air, but when we landed in Minnesota, I whipped out the GoPro when I noticed an airplane on the other end of the runway waiting to take off. In order to catch it out my window, I had the camera set to take a photo every .5 seconds in hopes of catching it. Well, here was the result.
Nothing really earth shattering, but I think it just goes to show that my mind is almost always thinking about ways to photograph the world around me. My wife mentioned to me the other day that a lot of my life is seen through the viewfinder. Is that good or bad?
This isn’t a great photo, but I look at it as the calm before the storm. This is the ride that is going to take my wife and I to Maui in a few moments (yes, I am writing this blog post while sitting in the SEA-TAC airport). We’re celebrating 10 years of marriage. Can you believe she’s put up with me for that long! She’s amazing!
Once we arrive, I am sure to be taking a lot of photos. They won’t all be shared during the trip – only when I have wifi and want to take the time out of my vacation to write a post or share a photo.
I invite you to follow me on Flickr, as I may have more success at adding the best photos to Flickr, and then when I return, I will try to write a little more about the photos, how I shot them, my thoughts behind them and the camera settings for any desired effects.
I’ll probably be uploading video to my YouTube channel, too, but I haven’t used that channel is so long, that I’ll need to look at it a little further before providing a link.
Between my GoPro (and numerous mounts and an extra battery pack) and my Canon 60D (plus my tripod, multiple lenses, Speedlite 430 EXII flash, monopod and multiple camera cards) I am bound to take A LOT of photos. Be ready!