Death Valley and the Jedi Transition

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Death Valley and the Jedi Transition

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Hello,

As I haven't posted recently, here is a colossal upload from my two recent trips to Rainbow Canyon in Nov'17 and Mar'18. Death Valley and the surrounding area is a stunning place to visit with or without aircraft. My thanks to COAP and Bluelife Aviation for the F-35 set-up in November - what a day!

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Image"The Last Jedi", F-22A Raptor, 09-0188, 422nd TES, 53 WG, Nellis AFB by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageRogue One by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Warthog Play Time", A-10C Thunderbolt II, Davis-Monthan by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Emerging from the Canyon" F-35A Lighting II, F-002, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Swooping Bird of Prey", F-22A Raptor, USAF by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Canyon Run" F-16C, 85-547 Edwards Air Force Base by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageCloud Maker, F/A-18 Super Hornet by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageTransiting the Lunar Landscape by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Blasting Out of the Canyon" F-35A Lighting II, F-001, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageF-15C Eagle, 81-0022, 144th FW, Fresno AFB by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageA-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0684, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Enter the Jedi", A-10C Thunderbolt II, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Black Aces" US Navy, Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, NH-104 by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Jagged Edge", F-16C, 85-547 Edwards Air Force Base by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Soaring Lightning", F-35A Lightning II, F-001, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Locked-on", F-35A Lightning II, F-002, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"They Don't Come Any Closer Than That", F-35A Lightning II, RNAF by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageNorthrop T-38 Talon, 65-0437, Edwards Air Force Base by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Hitting the Deck", F/A-18 Hornet, US Navy by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Fast and Furious”, F-35A Lightning II, F-002, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Yankee Flight", Bell UH-1Y Venom, 168943, US Marines by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageA-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0202, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Gladiators", VFA-106, F/A-18F Super Hornet, US Navy by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Razor", Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, 141 by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Gunning Run", A-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0684, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Test & Evaluation", Dust Devil, VX-31, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageF-35A Lightning II, F-002, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Close and Personal", F-35A Lightning II, F-002, 323 TES, Royal Netherlands Air Force by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageA-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0202, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Exiting the Transition", F-35A Lightning II, F-002, RNLAF by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageA-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0202, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Desert Dunes", F/A-18 Hornet, US Navy by Chris Heal, on Flickr

33.
Image"Exiting the Canyon", A-10C Thunderbolt II, 355 OG, 79-0202, Davis-Monthan (DM) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Archer", Vaulting Over Dark Hill by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Hunting", F-22A Raptor, 09-0188, 422nd TES, 53WG, Nellis AFB, USAF by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18 Super Hornet, 168478, US Navy by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageDutch Archer, F-35A Lightning II, F-002, RNAF by Chris Heal, on Flickr

38.
ImageA10C Exit by Chris Heal, on Flickr

Sorry about the quantity, but cheers for looking :)
All the best, Chris

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Erm...holy wotsit! :clap:

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Sensational, buddy. :king:

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Ye gods.... phenomenal stuff.

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Anyone want to buy a camera? After seeing this set (probably one the best ever) I don't think I'll bother anymore.......

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2 and 12 are brilliant. Whole set is stunning

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Fantastic! Those Dave burner shots are something else :clap:

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EPIC :rock: :rock: :rock:
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Best I've ever seen from Rainbow Canyon. :worship:

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Theo1 wrote:Best I've ever seen from Rainbow Canyon. :worship:

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Agreed, I've seen a few photos from the trips here, but these are the best I've seen. :clap:

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Crikey .....what's the camera and lens set up , and what sort of shutter speeds/apertures are being used - these are pin sharp

Top photography in this thread :clap:

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:shock: flipping 'eck!! :clap: :clap:

Cracking set of shots!

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beautiful set, outstanding! :clap:
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Wowzers :drool: Magnificent stuff :clap: :clap: :worship:

#11 though - they didn't do a very good job of fixing the side of that Warthog did they? At least could have touched up the paintwork properly. :joystick:
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Exceptional set Chris. Really like #9 makes the F-35 look like quite a beast... :rock:

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FANTASTIC!

You've even managed to make the F-35 look interesting, no mean feat. :grin: :clap:
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Phenomenal. One could only dream of taking shots like that. :hypno: :love:

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And this is why I don't bother taking aeroplane pictures any more... these are superb, one of the best sets I've seen.

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Wowsers, many thanks for the kind comments everyone - fully appreciated :thumb:
These were taken with a 5DIV coupled with 500mm f/4 IS (first version), for those interested. Shutter and aperture varied between 1/320 and 1/1600, and f/4 to f/8. All the time trying to keep iso in and around 100.
I will post more from a few other locations soon!
All the best, Chris

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Great set you oll Norfolk boy, each and everyone are excellent, keep the good work up!! :clap: :clap: :clap:, looks like you had a great time in "Merica"

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Ye Gods!

Numbers 4, 9, 15 and 16. Simply fantastic :rock: :clap: :clap:

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Awesome set! Just curious, why are you trying to keep the ISO at 100? The 5D4 can easily make clean images up to ISO640-800 and even more.
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:clap: Well, this sets a new standart. Simply stunning!! :dizzy:

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those are stupendously awesome. could look at them all day. :clap: :worship: :worship:
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