Blue Angels Knife-Edge Pass

     
  Blue Angels Knife-Edge Pass  
     
A pair of Blue Angels perform the spectacular Knife-Edge Pass in their F/A-18 Hornets.
 
Air show photography tip: The Blue Angel's and Thunderbird's opposing passes are really impressive to watch and very difficult to photograph. With a closing speed in the many hundreds of MPH, the exact moment of crossing is nearly impossible to predict if you are using a reasonably long telephoto lens.
 
A camera with a fast frame rate is a good solution to this problem. The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV shooting at 10 frames per second makes the hit rate about 75% for these shots.
 
Here I am tracking one jet and catching the other jet blurring past.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
180mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320  2310 x 1540px
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