I got asked if I do. Hmm… I need a moment.
I was at the Niagara Falls Air Show last weekend and enjoyed every second of the two days. It was free, exciting, a bit scary for the non-flying crowd like me. Arriving early on Sunday I victoriously secured a good viewing location. Positioned between two really knowledgeable and chatty spectators, the day was golden. Feel the fun…
Saturday parking was a bear with 90,000 unforgiving spectators. Everybody wants to be up close. Not an option for me and arriving so late, I headed my Jeep to a pay-lot. I accidentally followed a car into the wrong parking lot though, and found myself at a local company’s private picnic for employees.
I sung my apologies about the unintended mistake as I was leaving, and the owner offered me to enjoy the show with them. Wow, it was like VIP treatment with the food, beverages, nice families and spectacular view of the planes. I was in heaven. The company adjoined a wetland so double the heaven seeing marsh birds.
Sunday I parked on base for free and met more wonderful people at the prime viewing spot. A 20-something guy on my right photographed air shows across the country and knew absolutely every plane and pilot. An experienced photographer, he even rode in some of the acrobatic planes. Blow-by blow play action as each plane lip-bitingly tumbled and stalled.
The 40-something guy on my left was so enthusiastic, yet clueless with his new Nikon camera. I gave some advice to help improve his photos. He was pleased as punch at the results. So one guy helps me and I help the other. Hearing me describe how to shoot the planes…
Both guys asked what is my photography specialty. I said wildlife and birds, but when I thought about it, I really don’t specialize. Do you?
Most readers cannot really answer this question unless they are professional photographers. On Thursday…
I sat there looking at my camera equipment before the air show, debating whether I wanted to cart around so many heavy lenses just to be prepared for everything. I settled for the Nikon D750 and the little P510. The air show has such tight security, no camera bags were allowed, so imagine me a mule-horse draped in cameras. Pretty easy to see I don’t specialize in aerial photography.
It really boils down to what you like to shoot the most. I shoot birds, bugs, landscapes, nature, plants, gardens, and all kinds of animals. I like shooting churches and planes also. Way too many things I suppose. Why you ask? Because I am easily amazed and just as easily bored.
I hope you enjoy the photos of the planes. No boredom watching them perform. The red plane flown by Greg Koontz. The green plane flown by 73-year-old Gary Ward, and the Mig-17 flown by Randy Ball. Would you do something this dangerous at 73?
My daredevil days are long past. Maybe a post on that???