USAFA 2013 Graduation Fly Over

USAFA 2013 Graduation Fly Over

Featured Image’s Data: Canon EOS 6D, Manual Mode, Shutter Speed 1/500, Aperture f/6.3 Focal Length 400mm, ISO 400, Exposure Value: 0

May 29, 2013 – The big day finally arrived for 1,024 Air Force Academy cadets. Technically, they have already been commissioned since the commissioning ceremonies take place the night before. But it’s just like graduating from basic training, you’re basically there but still have to get through a formal ceremony.

Images of the fly over were taken from the Cadet Area and there was a total of nine airplanes. Again I like to extend a huge thanks to the World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs and the Texas Flying Legends Museum of Houston. Not only was it a memorable formation for the cadets, but for everyone watching.

  • Two B-25J Mitchell bomber
  • Two P-51D Mustang fighters
  • FG1D Corsair fighter
  • P-40K Warhawk fighter
  • FM2 Wildcat fighter
  • TBM-3E Avenger bomber
  • P47D Thunderbolt Fighter

When shooting subjects that are in the sky (like in this situation) it is always best to shoot in manual mode. Allow plenty of time before an event to make adjustments, especially if you are not familiar with manual mode. My best advice is to shoot an object, like a thumb held against the sky or a person. This will allow you to see what needs to be changed. If you don’t, you will run the risk of only exposing for the sky (this means that any subject buzzing about will come up really dark or silhouetted). One setting that comes in handy is exposure value (the + and – numbers on your camera). It’s the only handicap you’ll get with manual mode because it will adjust shutterspeed settings. The exposure setting can help brighten or darken the subject you’re trying to photograph. Don’t forget about aperture and ISO!