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The Blue Angels take flight for Seafair | Aug. 5, 2010

August 6th, 2010 at Fri, 6th, 2010 at 11:22 am by Chad Coleman

It must be Seafair when the windows rattle, the ground shakes and the I-90 bridge closes. Welcome to the annual U.S. Navy Blue Angels airshow! I have to admit I look forward to chasing fast planes across the sky with my camera each summer, as the jet engine noise pummels my eardrums. Today ‘s blog post is stuffed full of photos from the two practice sessions on Thursday. MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

I stopped by Slater Park on Mercer Island for the afternoon flight session, and found myself wading chest deep into Lake Washington to capture the spectators floating on air mattresses enjoying the show.

During the morning session I saw an unusual formation of Team Oracle and the Blue Angels lining up across the sky, then I noticed the open door on the front “chase” plane. Come to find out none other than Associated Press photographer Ted Warren getting a sweet frame. Have to admit a tinge of jealousy having my feet planted firmly on the ground.

When at a spectator event, I always like to turn around and get some crowd shots. Above is a frame looking back at shore from my wading expedition at Slater Park.

Tracking the Blue Angels is a little bit of work when you’re hand-held with a 400mm lens. Above I tracked them across the sky and caught them through a chain link fence, adding an interesting pattern to a basic formation.

Looks like a dangerous flight path through the trees when compressed with telephoto lens.

Team Oracle stunt pilot Sean Tucker leaves a trail of smoke across the sky during a practice performance on Thursday.

A stunt plane makes a low pass near the log boom across from Slater Park on Mercer Island on Thursday.


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