Statically Fierce

Blue Angel display – Annapolis, Maryland

Every autumn – usually in the second week of October – Annapolis hosts the annual US Sailboat Show, and thousands of attendees and exhibitors arrive from around the world. However, downtown Annapolis is so cramped for space that organizers use the nearby Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for overflow parking, which is where this static display of a US Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet is placed for all to see.

I wanted to show the difference between the RAW image straight out of the camera (below), and what can be achieved with careful post-processing (above).

Unprocessed image – Annapolis, Maryland

Photo info:
Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland
October 2015
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony a6000 digital camera

2 thoughts on “Statically Fierce

  1. Love the camera angle.

    When the Blue Angels came to do an airshow, one of the Hornets flew low and fast over our house, when we lived in the burbs. The cool thing about it, you didn’t hear it coming until it was right on top of you. Many years earlier, when the Thunderbirds was doing an airshow in the late 1960s and flying F-4 Phantoms, one of them did the same kind of maneuver, low and fast over the house. You kind of knew it was coming, you could hear it. When it went over, the house shook and you could feel the heat the heat from the engine exhaust. And, another time, not part of any airshow, the Colorado Air National Guard, still flying A-7 Corsairs, used our street to line themselves up for their approach to the nearby AF base. We lived close but nowhere near the end of the runway. All four A-7s were flying low and fast. That was a rush. Now, if they called beforehand saying they were flying over, I would have been set-up with my camera. (LOL) 🙂

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    1. A-7 Corsairs – wow! I’ve never seen them fly.

      I once got buzzed by an F-14 Tomcat back in 1988 as I was driving on Route 58 in southern Virginia, somewhat near the big US Navy base in Norfolk. He came hustling in from my left and was hugging the ground – crop fields of peanuts which that area is known for – and blasted right over the top of me, so close that I could see the individual screws in the skin of his aircraft.

      What a rush!

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