Precision Flying

Here’s another shot taken in 2008 at the Wings Over Houston air show, processed much the same as explained in my previous post. Takes some kind of skill to fly this close and inverted. A real treat to watch and photograph.

Hint: I used Alien Skin’s Bokeh plug-in for Photoshop to smooth the desaturated blue background. This incredible little plug-in is a great way to reduce color noise in your images, especially in the blue sky. This technique makes your subject “pop” and look really sharp when compared to the smooth, even tones in the background.


Precision – Houston, Texas
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f8 for 1/750th of a second at ISO 100 using a B&W circular polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta & Adobe Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

4 thoughts on “Precision Flying

  1. That’s great, Jeff! Back in the 60’s I got to see the Blue Angels up close many times. I wish I had a good camera back then!

  2. That is just an outstanding photo.

    I have a similar one from the Cleveland Air Show a few years ago (not online at the moment, sadly) but yours is sharper and has much better color. Very nice!

    @Scott: Yes, the Thunderbirds are just amazing.

    • David,

      Thanks for reading and for your comments. The sharpness is mostly post processing in this case. Had to cheat a little.


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