Was down at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach over the past 4 days for their annual air show. As usual, it was a great time and the Blue Angels were the headliners, shared with the Canadian Snowbirds.
One of the shots that air show photographers look for is that crossing shot at show center where the team opposing solo pilots approach from opposite sides of the airfield, seemingly in in a head-on pass and end up passing by each other in a breathtaking maneuver.
As a photog, you try to capture that moment. You need, though, a great deal of luck coupled with good reflexes, a fast shutter speed on your camera and a good multi-frame mode.
I think I captured a pretty good one (above) of Blue Angel #5 passing behind #6 at show center. I was tracking #6 coming from the right and started the shutter a second or so before what I thought would be the merge, and the timing worked out great.
Here are a few other show center passes I’ve managed to capture over the years.
Below, USAF Thunderbirds, Atlantic City, 2015
Below, Canadian Snowbirds, Oceana 2018
below, Breitling Flight team, Manassas Air Show, 2015
Below, Manassas Air Show, 2015
Below, Canadian Snowbirds, Oceana Air Show, 2018