Last weekend was the 2010 edition of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race stop in Windsor. Just back from Europe, I made some time to go with Corinne at the river to attend the qualification day and photograph this unusual event for the 3rd year in a row. I do not get to use the big camera anymore (no time!), so this was the perfect opportunity.
I have the collection of shots quite similar to the previous years. While very fast shutter speed is good to freeze the action, it makes the pictures look a bit static…
The red bull helicopter is never far, getting footage for television broadcast.
Teams on boats are always ready to put air pylons back in shape after a plane hit them.
This year, I also made sure to capture a few shots of the overall scene, to get a better sense of scale. These are really looking better in 1000 pixel wide (see album link at the bottom of the post)
Finally, I got a serie of very nice shots using a panning technique: deliberately using a slow shutter speed while tracking the subject so that you get the motion blur effect on the background. It’s hard to do, and you get a lot of missed pictures, but the ones that come out good are usually very dynamic. Here is a collection of these successful shots.
Finally, many more pictures and larger versions available in the album below!
|2010 Red Bull Air Race|
Next photo opportunity: Fireworks on the Detroit River on June 21. Stay tuned!