There’s something about planes and flight that fascinates us all. Whether it’s watching an osprey about to grab breakfast from the surface of the harbor or marveling at the spectacular images created by the flight of World War II aircraft, chances are that at one time or another you’ve been captured by this magic. Nothing inspires the awe of the Air Show spectator more than the airborne gymnastics, known as aerobatics. The agility of the planes and the skill of the pilots put us in awe, time after time. The sheer size of the C-130 hurricane hunter, the aviation history of a "War bird" collection and the colorful performers add much to the magic that is an Air Show.
Air Show Photography can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences that any photographer, amateur or professional, can undertake. The excitement of jets screaming past at low levels, nearing speeds up to 400 knots, plus, the drone of an Radial engine, the near hysteria of the crowds, and the marvelous still images created by the static aircraft. These can all be found at the Air Show and can all make for a great day of photography.
However, capturing the moments by camera requires concentration, practice, timing, along with a little luck. Capturing that perfect shot, may take even more.
Year after year, there is no more picturesque place to find such chance image possibilities than in sunny Southwest Florida at the Florida International Air Show.
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