US NAVY BLUE ANGELS AIR SHOW | BRUNSWICK MAINE PHOTOGRAPHER

US Navy Blue Angels Air Show | Brunswick Maine Photographer

The US Navy Blue Angels Air Show in Brunswick Maine is a highlight for me. Every time! I’ve been attending Blue Angels Air Shows here, and even out of state, since childhood. And it absolutely never gets old. This year was no exception.

It was a coincidental but well-timed weekend off from our usual wedding work. That meant I was able to attend two practice shows plus two ‘official’ air shows. 

Trying out our new gear

Another aspect of the air show was being able to photograph with our new  cameras and lenses. On the first day I used one of our previous generation DSLR cameras. On that camera was mounted our longest focal length lens. I realized good results but things were soon to improve dramatically.

The subsequent days let me test out a different setup. This new setup was three of our new Canon R5 and R6 mirrorless camera bodies with new RF lenses and the aforementioned long focal length lens mounted to one of the new cameras with an adapter. The results blew me away. There was detail that these compressed blog post images just cannot adequately transcribe.  

These new RF lenses focused fast and at these multi-hundred miles per hour subjects; the raw files allowed for never-before seen resolution and detail in both the aircraft and the much-brighter sky behind them; and shot at up to 20 frames per second. 

It’s no wonder I took over 24,000 photos (!) over the course of four days.  And it’s a good thing our post-production workflow (software and hardware) supports the review, editing, and processing of that many photos in literally just a few hours.

It was also fun to try to get some “artsy” perspectives on the air show by using a wide lens. Wide lenses are typically not the first lens of choice for air show photography. But a variety of lenses imparts a variety in the photos, I’d say.

Incredible, unmatched flying precision

The USNavy was proudly flying their newest aircraft in this current Blue Angels configuration, the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. And these too certainly didn’t disappoint. Photos, words, or even video cannot adequately begin to describe. The gut-throbbing feel of one of these airplanes screaming by at several hundred miles per hour at just a few hundred feet over your head is a force to behold.

The photos that follow are some of my top picks from those thousands I took.

Back about precision: make note, if you will, to the one vertical shot that follows, with the close-ups of the pilots in the plane’s cockpits. The lowest plane is the leader, and this pilot is of course looking forward. But note all the other pilots – they are looking to their immediate left. Looking left to the plane next to them, not ahead. It’s in this way they maintain their precise alignment that at times separates them wingtip to wingtip by as little as 18″.  

It’s noted that some of these photos were made on the first practice day, which afforded access to certain locations that were off-limits on the other days. It really helps living just 5 minutes away and getting to these locations as soon as the sound of the jets starting up was heard. The four days of differing weather accounts for the varying skies seen in the photos. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.  And now back to regularly-scheduled wedding work!

the us navy blue angels, 6 planes headed straight down in a cloudy sky
the US Navy Blue Angels, 6 planes flying in a tight group of 1 over two, over three
two us navy blue angels flying side by side, one of them upside down
us navy blue angels flying over the Brunswick pines
us navy blue angels make 6 contrails as they fly over Brunswick, Maine
5 us navy blue angels flying side by side among the clouds over Brunswick maine
5 blue angels from the us navy fly in a diamond in the far distance, their contrails flaring out behind them
two us navy blue angels fly towards each other, veering off at the last minute
5 us navy blue angels flying in perfect formation at the Great State of Maine Airshow in Brunswick Maine
a us blue angel flies with two streams of exhaust
4 us navy blue angels flying in formation over Brunswick, maine
heavy contrails show the arc of the us navy blue angels in flight
6 us navy blue angels flying in a group in the clouds
3 us navy blue angels during a flight maneuver over Brunswick Maine
5 us navy blue angels fly together in a wavy pattern
4 us navy blue angels fly in close formation at the Great State of Maine Airshow 2021, Brunswick, Maine
4 blue angels fly overhead in a cloudy sky at the Great State of Maine Airshow 2021
4 us navy blue angels fly together, 2 of them are upside down
2 us navy blue angels flying in a line, the front plane is upside down
a single us navy blue angel flies through the cloudy skies over Brunswick, Maine
4 us navy blue angels flying in a cloudy sky over Brunswick, Maine, during the Great State of Maine Airshow 2021
a single us navy blue angel flies upside down
6 us navy blue angels fly overhead in Brunswick, Maine, at the Great State of Maine Airshow 2021
6 us navy blue angels flying overhead diamond formation
Flying in a diamond are 6 us navy blue angels, with contrails following through the clouds
a us navy blue angel flying vertically during the Great State of Maine Airshow over Brunswick, Maine
5 us navy blue angels flying during the Great State of Maine Airshow in Brunswick, Maine 2021
4 us blue angels airplanes flying low in the background, as spectators watch and take photos in the foreground
a us navy blue angels airplane, nose up to the sky among the clouds over Brunswick, Maine
2 navy blue angels flying side by side one of them is flying upside down
a us navy blue angel flies over Brunswick, Maine, as lines of cars stop to watch

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