3 Sundays @ Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

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3 Sundays @ Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

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As part of my US trip in March we visited this airport on 3 consecutive Sundays as there is always a good chance of catching some military aircraft, either stopping overnight, or coming in to refuel.

1st Sunday:

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 14 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 17 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 19 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 32 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 36 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


2nd Sunday:

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 02 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 03 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 08 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 14 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 15 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 18 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 05 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 12 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 16 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 19 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing KC-135R Stratotanker - 01 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageSikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion - 20 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 23 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


Final Sunday:

ImageMcDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk - 01 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 29 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 30 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 32 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 38 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 39 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageBoeing T-45C Goshawk - 42 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornets - 04 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornets - 05 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18D Hornet - 02 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18D Hornet - 06 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18D Hornet - 07 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageMcDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - 39 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNorthrop T-38A Talon - 03 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNorthrop T-38A Talon - 04 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


The airport also has its own gate guard:

ImageNorthrop QT-38A Talon - 01 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNorthrop QT-38A Talon - 03 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


Thanks for looking!

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Great set Nick, looks like a great place for photography. How nice is that Goshawk CAG bird? :love:

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Great set from what looks a great location.

Andy :smile:

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Great set Nick, loving the Sea Stallions... :rock:

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Thanks for the kind words guys, appreciate it. :cool:

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Awesome.

Love the RedHawks Goshawk.

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Very nice :clap:
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hi Nick,

Cracking photos and well done for getting round to sorting them all out considering you said that you were years behind. I'd be interested to hear what sort of process you follow for the processing or if you use any special ideas.

Great stuff
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Cracking set. Loved the CH53s, be great to have one at RIAT again some time. Its a proper beast.

Hopefully this summer one unit will discover there's only one bunch of Red Hawks :wink:

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Thanks guys, much appreciated! :cool:


tomcat wrote:hi Nick,

Cracking photos and well done for getting round to sorting them all out considering you said that you were years behind. I'd be interested to hear what sort of process you follow for the processing or if you use any special ideas.

Great stuff
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I'm still years behind, I've just prioritised some photos! :lol:

I don't do anything unusual really; I always shoot RAW, then I use Adobe Camera Raw (similar basic functionality to Lightroom) before finishing the photos in Photoshop (cropping, additional sharpening, contrast adjustment, etc.)

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Outstanding, loving those Super Stallions :clap: :clap: :clap:
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jalfrezi wrote:Thanks guys, much appreciated! :cool:


tomcat wrote:hi Nick,

Cracking photos and well done for getting round to sorting them all out considering you said that you were years behind. I'd be interested to hear what sort of process you follow for the processing or if you use any special ideas.

Great stuff
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I'm still years behind, I've just prioritised some photos! :lol:

I don't do anything unusual really; I always shoot RAW, then I use Adobe Camera Raw (similar basic functionality to Lightroom) before finishing the photos in Photoshop (cropping, additional sharpening, contrast adjustment, etc.)


Cheers Nick. I do something similar but don't seem to get the sharpness "bite". What settings do you use?

Andy

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tomcat wrote:
Cheers Nick. I do something similar but don't seem to get the sharpness "bite". What settings do you use?

Andy


It's difficult to give settings, as it will depend on your camera body and lens combo and whether you have in camera sharpening turned on - which I don't.

I run two passes of sharpening; the first is when I process the RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw - Sharpening 60, Radius 1.0, Detail 40, Masking 35, Noise Reduction 45 - I apply these settings to all of my RAW files as a preset.

Final sharpening takes place in Photoshop CC with the Smart Sharpening tool, I don't have any definitive settings for this as it depends on the photo, I tweak the sharpening and pixel radius settings while trying to avoid edge halos, until I'm happy with the shot.

Oh, and all of my photos are large (4500x3000) - I don't downsize for Flickr, I let it take care of scaling down to 1600 pixels.

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These are awesome Nick - superb quality and clarity.

I was going to ask you similar with regards to your workflow - I normally shoot JPEG but will, on occasion, shoot RAW (Harriers at RIAT for one), but I really don't know how to get the best out of them. I'll have to give your settings a try.
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LN Strike Eagle wrote:These are awesome Nick - superb quality and clarity.

I was going to ask you similar with regards to your workflow - I normally shoot JPEG but will, on occasion, shoot RAW (Harriers at RIAT for one), but I really don't know how to get the best out of them. I'll have to give your settings a try.


Thanks Dan, if you only shoot in sunny conditions then JPEG works fine, as you generally don't have to worry about big changes in light. Raw comes into its own for overcast conditions where available light can change several stops from one end of a pan to the other, it just gives you much more flexibility to recover from under and over exposed images.

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Thanks for the pointers Nick
It is always interesting to see what others do and worth trying myself.

I shoot RAW too. Maybe we will meet on another tour again to compare notes

Cheers
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stunning set of photos, can almost reach out and touch the jets !, assume your not actually that close to them, big lens ?
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stevebrodie wrote:stunning set of photos, can almost reach out and touch the jets !, assume your not actually that close to them, big lens ?


Thanks Steve, actually at Phoenix Mesa you can get very close with only a chain link fence to separate you from the aircraft! So a big lens isn't necessarily required, I think all of my shots were with a 24-105mm and 100-400mm.

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