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A couple of months ago I photographed the Red Bull Air Races that were in San Diego. It’s a great location because it’s right on the waterfront along downtown San Diego, accessible from the Gaslamp District. You can also view the races from Coronado (which is where I shot from). Coronado is a great place to shoot in the afternoon because the sun is behind you and can provide good lighting on the planes in the race. The high rise buildings in the background can also make for interesting images. Unfortunately on the this particular day the light was not cooperating the way I would have liked it to. It became really overcast and made for flat unflattering light. Here are a couple of the ones that turned out ok (the previous year was much better with blue skies and interesting clouds).

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

This particular shot I was using a slower shutter speed and panning with the plane to create a little motion on the pylons (shutter was 1/250 sec)

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

The background on this photo is the Marriott Hotel & Marina Downtown San Diego. If you look closely on the edge of where the glass bends you can see people standing on their balconies.

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

On this image I really wanted to show the speed of the planes so I prefocused on the pylons and cranked my shutter speed down to 1/250 sec and waited for the plane to cross through. This took a few attempts to achieve due to the fact that these planes are traveling at over 200 mph.

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

Red Bull Air Races San Diego

Using the total opposite technique as the image above I boosted my shutter speed up to 1/1250 sec in order to freeze the plane in motion and preserve detail.

I’ve been traveling and shooting a lot so I will be posting more frequently… Stay tuned…

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