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Photos | San Francisco Fleet Week

On Oct. 9 and 10, San Francisco hosted its annual Fleet Week airshow, where the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels performed. Viewers watched from all over the city, with many gathering in Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and scattered vista points.

I chose to photograph Fleet Week not only because is it one of my family’s annual traditions to watch the show, but also because I wanted to challenge myself to capture extremely fast-moving subjects for event coverage. I struggled at first to adjust my camera to the right shutter speed and figure out how to predict how the planes would move before they got into frame. But as the show went on, it became easier to know generally where the planes would go and what they might do.

A single jet flies behind a treeline.
A single pilot flies behind a treeline.
Four jets fly together in a straight formation.
Four pilots fly together in a straight formation.
Five jets prepare for a loop.
Five pilots prepare for a loop.
Five jets begin creating a loop together.
Five pilots begin creating a loop together.
Four jets diverge across the sky.
Four pilots diverge across the sky.
A single jet flies down.
A single pilot flies down to prepare for another trick.
All six jets fly together in a triangular formation.
All six pilots fly together in a triangular formation.
The jets break apart preparing for their individual tricks.
The pilots break apart preparing for their individual tricks.
Four jets fly above Alcatraz.
Four pilots fly above Alcatraz.
The jets disperse above Alcatraz.
The pilots prepare for their last individual tricks as the airshow comes to a close.

Photo gallery by Elizabeth van Blommestein. Van Blommestein is a high schooler producing content as a part of the The Stanford Daily’s 2021 High School Multimedia Workshop.

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