Photographing an Airshow

Earlier, I have written about action-based photography and also about catching water balloons while they are popping. One way of achieving the ultimate goal in photography is photographing an Air show. Thus photography is aptly described as ‘freezing a moment of time’. It can be thrilling as you employ your digital camera to capture the high-speed airplane zooming past the sky at hundreds of miles per hour. As summer is crammed with air shows at airports as well as military bases throughout the country, it is the suitable time for it.

This week features photographs that I have taken at air shows with the best ones put into a slide show. You too can learn to capture such aerial acrobatics.

You can get famous, as we select our best reader-submitted photograph, every week based on originality, creativity and photographic technique.

You can enter by sending us your photo of your Air show in JPEG format, with the resolution not more than 640 x 480 pixels. Entries with higher resolutions will instantly be disqualified. You can use any image editing application to decrease the file size containing your image before you send it us through e-mail. Your photo title should be included together with a brief description about how you took the photo. Remember to send your name, along with your e-mail address and your postal address as well. Ensure that you go through the entire description regarding the rules and regulations of the contest, before you join the contest.

This week’s best picture is ‘Air and Water’ from Lyndon Johnson of Chicago. Lyndon has created this photograph by combining two entirely different pictures. One was a panoramic photograph of the fountains taken with a ten-second time exposure, while the other was that of an airplane captured with a faster shutter speed and a zoom lens of 20 mm.

Lyndon describes that he first stitched the panorama with Paint Shop Pro, integrated the other photo using layers in the blend mode. He says that he repeated the process so that the same aircraft is added twice in distinct layers, and used three layers in the Paint Shop Pro to finish the final image of the Air show.

The runner-up for the week is ‘Looking up at the Wild Blue Yonder’ from Marie Carbonaro of Neptune, New Jersey. Marie has taken this photograph using the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 in the Pacific Marine Mammal Center at the Laguna Beach in California.

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