Friday, November 22, 2019
On September 22, 2019, the Blue Angels announced an "orientation" flight over the Los Angeles area. The press release had them making a 20 minute flight over the basin, coming in from Ventura, flying over the San Fernando Valley, near Burbank Airport, then Dodger Stadium, Downtown Los Angeles, past Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign, then down towards San Pedro and the U.S.S. Iowa, which is moored there.
The best lighting was when the flight was to the northeast of the Observatory, as this flight was early evening, with the sun to the west-southwest. When they were closest to us, they were backlit. But, when further away, you could at least see the proper color. This was with my Nikon D3400 and a 100-400 Sigma zoom, and some serious cropping
They were really concentrating on each other, however, and didn't seem perturbed by people who got really close to them, with their cell phone cameras. Of course, with my zoom, I could give them plenty of room for my shots, though I still needed to crop.
I think this was the same camera and lens combination as my previous shots.