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1  Photo & Discussion Boards / Airports/Bases / Re: Barry M. Goldwater Range on: February 18, 2017, 09:10:40 AM
Great work Ned! Got a love the Hog!!
2  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: Heritage Flight Training 2017 on: February 12, 2017, 02:43:38 PM
F-22 Raptor by Chris Janes, on Flickr
3  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military Exercises / Re: Heritage Flight Training 2017 on: February 10, 2017, 09:45:59 PM
0900 is when the first sortie usually begins, some warbirds takeoff and then the Raptor Demo starts, at least thats the way it was the last two years. Irvington and Swan is a good spot for the individual demos and when the formations separate.  If you want some landing shots and Runway 12 is the active then the guard rail near Contractors and Alvernon is a good spot. If 30 is in use then Valencia near the Air Musuem is a good spot.
4  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II / "Warthog" on: February 04, 2017, 06:25:28 AM
Nice captures Allen...
5  General Information Boards / News / Re: Heritage Flight Conference 2017 on: January 31, 2017, 08:14:02 PM
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Is there a certain day that'll be better than others to come down?  I may only get one day and want to maximize my opportunity.
I'm trying to get a schedule of what's flying and at what times. Raptor Demo the last two years has kicked off the festivities at 0900 on the weekend. Then the formation transitions happen, Raptor leads the flight for the show passes and then the formation will change up for more passes. The morning session goes till about 1100ish afternoon session starts around 1300. There may be a little more flying this year since the A-10 is back in the lineup. I also heard the F-15 is also back in heritage flight line up, but no demo. If I get more info I will pass it on. Just remember this is not a public event...Off base shooting is usually better anyway.
6  General Information Boards / News / Heritage Flight Conference 2017 on: January 18, 2017, 09:36:24 PM
The Heritage Flight Conference is happening much earlier than in past years. It's scheduled for Feb 9-12 with arrivals starting Feb 7-8. I'm hearing some grumblings that the A-10 is back in the lineup, though I don't believe the A-10 demo team is being reactivated.
7  Photo & Discussion Boards / Airports/Bases / Re: Tucson International Airport (TUS, KTUS) on: January 16, 2017, 08:19:28 PM
Oregon ANG F-15C by Chris Janes, on Flickr
8  Photo & Discussion Boards / Airports/Bases / Re: Tucson International Airport (TUS, KTUS) on: January 14, 2017, 12:25:41 PM
Hard to tell the difference from an F-15D and F-15E but I'm almost positve it's an F-15D
F-15D by Chris Janes, on Flickr
9  Photo & Discussion Boards / Airports/Bases / Re: Tucson International Airport (TUS, KTUS) on: January 12, 2017, 09:00:45 PM
I was finally able to get out for a few minutes and catch some of the F-15 action
IMG_2609-Edit-Edit by Chris Janes, on Flickr

F-15C by Chris Janes, on Flickr
10  Photo & Discussion Boards / Airports/Bases / Re: Tucson International Airport (TUS, KTUS) on: January 07, 2017, 07:21:22 PM
Nice capture John... Word I'm hearing is the F-15s will be around for a couple of weeks.
11  Photo & Discussion Boards / Miscellaneous / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on: December 24, 2016, 07:52:10 AM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Bill and to all AzApers as well!!
12  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor on: December 24, 2016, 07:50:17 AM
Thank you Vance!! Merry Christmas to you as well.
13  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: F-4 Phantom II all Variants on: December 24, 2016, 07:48:50 AM
Love the shots from the Phantom final flight, especially Joe's end of watch shot. Definitely could see that printed up in a nice big metal print and hung on a wall. Well done by all.
14  Photo & Discussion Boards / Military / Re: Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor on: December 11, 2016, 03:08:30 PM
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To all;  These F-22 shots are off the charts.  Well done.  Wow!

Thank you Vance........  not knowing a whole lot about flickr my email started exploding after it was put on the exlpore group page. I guess that's a good thing since it was the first pic I had get invited there.
15  Photo & Discussion Boards / Photo Tips and Techniques / Re: Another question about airshows on: December 11, 2016, 03:00:11 PM
It really depends on what you are trying to capture and also what type of lighting challenges the airport/base may present.  Davis Monthan is notorious for crap lighting after say 11 a.m. So when the Thunderbirds start flying in the afternoon and I'm shooting on base I will be shooting into the sun thus the result will be some less than desirable shots or I have to spend a lot of time in post processing trying to get a "decent" shot. So I may spend one day on base to get some of the civilian performers in the morning and then suffer through the afternoon and then the other days I will be off base to get the better lighting. If your on base you will get more shots of the top of the aircraft as they pass show center, if your off base you will typically get the bottom of the aircraft, not all bad it's just you have to position yourself in different locations and work to get the top side of the aircraft. Shooting off base you get some different perspectives for more unique shots in my opinion but most of the the time the best lighting is going to dictate where I shoot from. If you are on base shooting at show center is fine but typically the aircraft will be the farthest away from you at that point, if you go to one side of center point or the other you can get some nice shots of the aircraft exiting or entering the show line and they can be closer to you, just depends on the maneuver. The other thing to is the crowd typically thins out the farther away from show center so the less likely hood of getting dirty looks while swinging a telephoto lens around. Smiley In the end it just depends on light and what type of shot you are after. Hope this helps.
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