Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Postby 197cup on Sat 04 Apr 2015, 6:10 am

Hello everyone, A dream come true in early March of this year. My Uncles and I spent a day and a half in a place called Rainbow canyon, The pilots call it the Jedi Transition. If you type into Google maps Father Crowley Vista it'll show you where it is. In the day and a half we spent there we had 11 passes.
Here's a panorama of the area, 90% of the aircraft run left to right.
ImageRainbow canyon low fly area. by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr

11th March 2015
15:00 - 16:45
16:31 - F-16DM ED

12th March 2015
8:30 - 19:00
10:49 - F/A-18F Super Hornet VX-31 223
10:56 - 2x F-15C California ANG
11:41 - Harrier
11:49 - C-12C Huron AFMC
12:23 - F/A-18E Super Hornet VFA-122 276
15:19 - T-38 ED
15:30 - T-38 ED
18:24 - F/A-18E VFA-137 211
18:25 - F/A-18E VFA-137 203
18:52 - F/A-18F VFA-41 106

The weather on the first day was high overcast and on the morning of the second day it was very windy, Which is why i cocked up the shots of the C-12 and Harrier. Well I was trapped in the boot of our rental car when the Harrier went passed :'( :lol: .
Anyway here's some shots:
1. F-16D From Edwards AFB, This really sneaked up on us.
ImageEdwards Viper by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
2. First up on the Thursday was this Super Hornet from NAWS China Lake.
ImageF/A-18F from NAWS China Lake by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
3.
ImageF/A-18F from NAWS China Lake by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
4. These boys sneaked up on us as they came from the oppisite direction to the others, The first Eagle gave it the beans exiting the Canyon though :clap:
ImageF-15C Eagle CA ANG by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
5.
ImageGiving it the beans!! by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
6.
ImageRhino low level by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
6.1
ImageF/A-18E Super Hornet VFA-122 "Flying Eagles" by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
7. It was nice to see an ED T-38, Both passes was high.
ImageEdwards Talon by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
8. Next up was a pretty special moment, We were due to leave at about 6:15 but my Uncles suggested they go for one last walk up to the end of the track which runs along the edge of the canyon, I said if anything comes I'll sound the horn. Well, 10 minutes after they started there walk a Super Hornet appeared above the hill and immediately sounded the horn and got in position ready for the pass.
9. 3 Hours of nothing then this
ImageF/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-137 by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
10.
ImageF/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-137 by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
11.
ImageF/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-137 by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
12. There's two :Wow: , Here's his mate
ImageSuper Hornet low level by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
13. To finish the day off we had a pass from VFA-41 "Black Aces" from NAS Lemoore
ImageIncoming!!!!! by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
13.1
ImageIncoming!!!!! by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
13.2
ImageF/A-18F Super Hornet low level in Death Valley by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
14.
ImageF/A-18F Super Hornet low level in Death Valley by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
15.
ImageF/A-18F Super Hornet low level in Death Valley by R.S. Photography, Thanks for 1 million+ views, on Flickr
Thanks for looking :thumb:
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Re: Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Postby Harlequin67 on Sat 04 Apr 2015, 7:14 am

No. 6 is a belter. The sense of movement, the jetwash and the background do it for me
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Re: Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Postby Ledhead27 on Sat 04 Apr 2015, 4:07 pm

Belting shots, some very interesting angles! Shame about missing the Harrier but these shots more than make up for it
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Re: Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Postby Offbreed on Sat 04 Apr 2015, 6:06 pm

Great shots, nice to see there are places in the US to view low level flying, did you see any rattlesnakes slithering about.
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Re: Shooting low level in Death Valley, California

Postby 197cup on Tue 07 Apr 2015, 2:42 pm

Thanks for the kind comments :smile: , we didn't see any Rattlers or any other snakes for that matter only little lizards.
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