Warrensburg Air Show

Too Close

Two planes fly in close formation at the Warrensburg air show.

In September I had the opportunity to shoot an air show in Warrensburg, Missouri. The air show was a small community show put on by the University of Central Missouri. Because of the show’s small size I was able to get up close and personal to the performing aircraft. As an added bonus the weather cooperated this time, and I didn’t have to worry about heavy cloud cover complicating things like at last year’s Alliance Air Show in Dallas.

Upside Down B&W

A plane makes an inverted high-speed pass.

I used my usual telephoto equipment loadout for this shoot; my Canon T2i/550D paired with my Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6. My “cheap” telephoto lens shined during this show. Unlike the Alliance Air Show last year, the Warrensburg Show had clear blue skies all day long. There was plenty of light for my relatively slow telephoto to work with. I was able to keep my ISO low and my shutter speed up which kept my shots sharp and noise free.

Flag Jumper

The American Flag is flown in by parachute.

The small Warrensburg show didn’t feature the exciting high speed jet aircraft that the Alliance Air Show had, but the slower prop acrobatic planes in the Warrrensburg were much easier to keep up with and photograph. Plus, their smoke trails added some interest to the shots and contrasted well against the blue sky.

In the end, I had another awesome time shooting an air show and I walked away with some shots that I was really happy with.