Blue Angels Flyover, Seattle Seafair (August 2004)
I have never heard anything quite so loud as the screaming engine of an F-16 flying a few hundred feet over your otherwise placid and serene home. That’s what happens here in Seattle every August when Seafair opens and the Blue Angels come to town. Their flight path is mostly over Lake Washington and our house is hard by the western shore so we’re right in the thick of things.
Our 3 1/2 year old, Jonah loves planes so we knew he’d like the Blue Angels in concept, but we were apprehensive about how he’d deal with the noise. I was afraid he’d get a case of abject terror & go run under the bed. But he took to the entire experience like a fish to water. It was a bit overwhelming but tremendously exciting at the same time.
In case you’re wondering how a photographer captures a jet fighter flying less than a quarter of a mile away at 300+ MPH…it ain’t easy. I’ve tried doing this before with a telephoto lens and it was tough and the results were grainy. So I went out and bought a monopod. While I still had my share of great shots ruined because the shutter wouldn’t click fast enough, I did get a few crisp, clean shots a few of which are displayed here. For more photos in this series, please visit my photo gallery, Into the Great Wide Open.
These images are mostly from the flyover, though there are also a few of other subjects: a Seattle summer moon, the Pacific Science Center’s butterfly house and the Space Needle.