Earlier today I attended the “birds are coming” air show at the Aéroport exécutif de Gatineau, which was organized by the Vintage Wings of Canada. The atmosphere at the airport was totally electric, and the weather was picture perfect with deep blue skies and mist like clouds. In a span of a few hours I learned some fascinating Canadian history and become totally enamored with the men and women who fly our CT-114 Tutors in the sky. Also known as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the snowbirds are truly an energy inducing force, and an awe inspiring sight of Canadian nationalism with their aviation acrobatics and clad painted red and white wings. The following photos were taken with my brand new Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 USM II lens and a Canon 2x Extender to give me an effective range of 400mm. With this range, and the angles provided by this highly skilled flight team, I almost felt like I was flying next to them in the clouds. Yet most unfortunately, I didn’t have my 77mm Hoya Polarizer available on hand to use, so I was unable to really leverage all of the possibilities that a polarization filter would have added to the sky, but nevertheless, I love the shots I was able to capture. To learn more about the snowbirds click here, and The Vintage Wings of Canada, click here.
File Speed: ISO 640
Focal length: 400 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4000th of a second