Airshow – Dracula

One of the entertainers has named his aircraft Dracula with an appropriate Black/Silver/Red color scheme with ‘blood’ streaming along the Cowling, Landing Gear and Rudder.


This is a high energy act with lots of twists and turns and SMOKE, lots and lots of smoke.  That made it tough at times since the residual show smoke from the last pass didn’t always dissipate before the next making for foggy pictures.  I did manage to grab a couple though.


That one was at fairly low altitude but he did go waaay up to do a falling leaf / flat spin type maneuver.  Even at 500mm the aircraft looked pretty small.


I liked the way the smoke swirled about the aircraft but when I cropped I got a lot of noise.  That didn’t mean I couldn’t do anything with it though.  Converting it to black and white and working with contrast to retain detail in the smoke gave me a much more dynamic image.


Another fun day in Punta Gorda!


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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