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This is a series from the NASCAR race here in Atlanta over our Labor Day weekend.

The most amazing thing I saw:  these planes flew across the sky,
timed precisely to arrive
at the end of our National Anthem...having started from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, 620 miles away.
Who did the mathematical formula for that?!


This is a series from the NASCAR race here in Atlanta over our Labor Day weekend.

The most amazing thing I saw:  these planes flew across the sky,
timed precisely to arrive
at the end of our National Anthem...having started from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, 620 miles away.
Who did the mathematical formula for that?!

comments (55)

Typical of the forces, everything has to be on time to the second, I was at the Southport Airshow today and it was just the same, the services arrived at the right time but the civilian displays were more relaxed about the time. Great sky by the way, much better than looking at cars going around in circles in my opinion.
Ginnie Hart: The whole thing started at 7:30p, Les, first with the invocation and then the National Anthem and at 7:33, these jets. It was just starting to get dark, so I was lucky I got the picture at all. Later on the monitor I saw what the sky looked like and was happy. Thanks.
Great photo, great background.

Les, the cars go around in ovals, not circles. Big difference. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! The ovals are definitely better than circles, Larry. grin Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Sep 2009, 00:54
Wonderfully dramatic sky to go with these aggressive mosquitoes, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: They zapped in and out before you could catch your breath, Ray. My friend was the one who alerted me that they were coming and from where...otherwise I would have missed them altogether! Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 28 Sep 2009, 02:45
that's cool ginnie!! the timing and stuff... but it's a great great shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elaine. My friend knew they were coming and from what direction, so I was lucky that I was ready for them. Even so, they were so fast I almost missed them altogether.
quitté les voiture? voici les avions? ils sont splendides
Ginnie Hart: HA! The cars are below, O-P, waiting for the race to begin. But first, the jets have to salute them. smile Merci.
Yeah that is really cool!
Ginnie Hart: Something I'm glad I did at least once in my life, Jen. smile Thanks.
I think we have an airshow next month, i'll have to see if I can make it!
Ginnie Hart: Don't forget your camera!!! grin
This is truly a awesome photo. I love planes a lot! From this angle the look like f-14 Tomcats. You got a very nice Silhouette here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. I have no clue what these planes are but they sure were fun to see so up-close and personal.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Bryce Canyon, Utah
  • 28 Sep 2009, 04:34
Its what the Armed Forces do so well, Ginnie; ours are the same. I thought of you last night; I was channel hopping and I caught a little Nascar racing; about a minute was enough!
Ginnie Hart: We were at my g'son's flag football game yesterday afternoon, Alan, and one of the side TVs had NASCAR on and another one had NFL football on. So I know what game you're talking about. smile It's a small world after all.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Sep 2009, 05:32
This is a wonderful silhouette of those air fighters.....I think some 'wise-guy' at a computer did the typing in, on the keyboard, you and I can do the same....distance-time-speed of airplane-wind against or in the back-time of arrival-end of NA-bingo......
Easy as winking grin
However I know what you mean, all the show and than this as the cherry on the cake...
It must have been amazing.
LOL at Larry.....ovals/circles wink
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you are right about some wise guy, Astrid! There's always a brainiac in the group somewhere. HA! This was actually more fun than the race except for the fact that you had no time to prepare for it before it was done and over. All that technology and you almost miss it! But I'm sure it makes THEIR day! Bedankt voor jouw mooie woorden, MLMA!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 05:42
Beautiful work. The light, the clods, the jets. What a capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kay. I was so glad the shot came out. They were there and gone too quickly to attempt another one.
  • rhys
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Sep 2009, 06:28
perfect example of how to use silhouettes. Plus, that's a pretty clean image for iso1600
Ginnie Hart: It was 7:33p, Rhys, just as the sun was setting, so I was lucky I got the shot at all. ISO 1600 is as high as my camera goes. The background is grainy but the jets came out well. I was glad, too. Thanks.
  • M'roy
  • Germany
  • 28 Sep 2009, 06:38
That is such a beautiful capture. I think they pay big money to make sure they arrive on time in cue!

Have a great week.
Ginnie Hart: And no matter what kind of gas shortage we have, they still do these things, Maria! It amazes me. Thanks. You have a great week, too.
  • SAVO
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Sep 2009, 06:39
Easy Ginnie.
It works out at
65&*+76^% x8Y(87*)= Right On Time grin
Beautiful capture btw smile
Ginnie Hart: So YOU'RE the brainiac, SAVO, I see! grin Good for you. I was sure it was easy for someone. Thanks a million.
Clever these military types. Like the silhouette Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You can never put anything past them, Bill...they're so fast! smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Sep 2009, 07:28
Great shot Ginnie, silhouettes are perfect against that sky
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Tony, because I never even thought about them being silhouettes until I saw them on the monitor. Thanks.
Nice capture Ginnie against a lovely sky.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie!
  • Oscar
  • Perpiny√°
  • 28 Sep 2009, 08:11
This is a fabulous backlight.

Ginnie Hart: I felt very lucky, Oscar. Thanks.
And you're sure that was not a coincidence?
Great shor btw.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not by a long shot, Wim. smile Bedankt.
  • jamoula
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 08:39
Agree with Larry. Great image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jamoula. (Where's your link???)
A fine image Ginnie,we had the Red Arrows flying past on Sunday.
Ginnie Hart: And please tell me you took pictures, Mick??? smile Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Sep 2009, 08:41
Something is going on Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You can say that again, Chris. grin
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 28 Sep 2009, 08:55
Very dramatic scenery ! Well captured !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sidney. It was a very dramatic moment of the evening.
Cracking image Ginnie, the silhouette really works here !!
Regards Jim
Ginnie Hart: I felt lucky, Jim. I had no idea it would look like this on the monitor. Thanks for stopping by again.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2009, 09:39
Very impressive timing, but then I suppose they're used to it! I love the way they are silhouetted against the sky - they look rather threatening to me.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure it's all old hat for them by now, Ingrid. They actually WERE threatening to me because they were so loud and came in-n-out so quickly. It stopped my breath for a few seconds! Thanks.
Jet aircraft are very impressive at displays, I'm not surprised you were impressed.
Ginnie Hart: Very impressive, indeed, Chad. I've never been to an actual show...just these fly-bys. They come in and out so quickly!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2009, 10:10
LOL, even if I new the precise time of the flypast, I would still be fumbling with the camera controls. Well done Ginnie. A great silhouette against a super sky.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mike. If my friend hadn't told me that they were coming and from what direction, I would have missed them altogether. I felt very lucky.
what a beautiful picture , Ginnie. The light is awesome. Your pics are excellent , in the air too
have a great day
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Jean-Luc. Merci!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 28 Sep 2009, 10:48
I like this, the silhouettes of the planes against the beautiful sky. Well spotted and captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frida. I was a happy camper when I saw that this actually came out and wasn't blurry. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Sep 2009, 10:53
Ginnie this group were here On the weekend for a airshow
Ginnie Hart: And please tell me you had your camera in hand, Vintage! smile
great silouetted planes
Ginnie Hart: Planes make such good subjects, Chantal, don't they! Bedankt.
I reckon Astrid worked it all out reading her note today Ginnie smile A great shot, these forces do these things so well as you say.
Ginnie Hart: That Astrid can figure out just about anything, Brian...as long as you give her a bit of time. smile Thanks.
  • david
  • Coumbus, Ohio
  • 28 Sep 2009, 12:48
very dramatic light...an excellent capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, David. I hope it didn't take longer to load than it took them to fly over! smile
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 28 Sep 2009, 13:20
And amazing how you caught them on this picture. I guess they were flying pretty fast.
Plus the colours in the background give this picture a wonderful mood.
Ginnie Hart: They were so fast, Cliff, I felt indeed lucky I got them all in the same frame! My friend alerted me to their coming and from what direction, so that helped. Thank you kindly.
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 15:23
FABULOUS shot !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mariana.
Perfect timing and focus Ginnie..Well done.
Ginnie Hart: I was a happy camper, Ron. smile Thanks.
superb shot Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
  • P.J.
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 17:39
I like that you have these looking like silhouettes. Looks sharp.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, P.J. The silhouette look was an "accident," I think. I didn't see it till I saw it on the monitor, as so often happens. smile
Un contraluz espectacular. Saludos!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, MA. Gracias.
Great capture! Excellent silhouettes with a beautiful background.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pernilla.
  • RaceConn
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 22:22
Great shot, looking forward to seeing the rest of the shots. If you're interested, we have other shots of the race at raceconn.com, come by and share is the community.

Ginnie Hart: WOW! I had no idea such a blog/site existed, Mike. I'm very honored that you stopped by here and commented. I'll look into your site a bit more and see if I can find a good image to add. How fun! Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 23:38
wow.. talk about coordination, eh? love how you captured them too.. great shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. The coordination astounds me!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 29 Sep 2009, 00:00
Are these jets part of the US display team, like our Red Arrows?
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Ellie, but I really don't know. We have so many places with jets like these. I need to get my education!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2009, 01:35
Quite amazing end to the show. I didn't do the mathsmile What a great capture.
Ginnie Hart: It happened too fast, Sherri. Too bad it couldn't last longer...but then the cars would have been itching to get started! Thanks.
  • Brian
  • Melbourne
  • 29 Sep 2009, 09:20
Who did the mathematical formula for that?!

A nerd!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Brian!

BTW, your link is missing the 'r' in Shutterchance, which I always add...but perhaps others don't know?
  • Nathan
  • united states
  • 29 Sep 2009, 09:40
Great shot! Reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Top Gun.
Ginnie Hart: A great movie, Nathan. Thanks for the memory! smile
  • navin
  • India
  • 29 Sep 2009, 12:09
That is pretty amazing. I have experienced the same thing at the Republic Day parade here in India
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing most of us have seen such displays, Navin, but this was my first time to try to capture it. I felt so lucky! Thanks.
An amazing backlight shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. Merci.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 29 Sep 2009, 17:07
Flyovers are always amazing! Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Amazing and too fast, Andy! Thanks.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 29 Sep 2009, 20:45
Hi Ginnie

Very well captured indeed!
mathematical formula.... ?!Grrr wink
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Kiji. I know...GRRRRRR. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2009, 22:21
Nice silhouette shots of these planes!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Liang!
those are so awesome to see flying over in person. I can hear their "roar" through the photo!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Heather! I know! Too bad they fly by so quickly!
Amazing shot Ginnie - the light rays shining out of the clouds are the perfect backdrop for the silhouttes.
Ginnie Hart: You've been a sweetheart to do all this back-tracking, Thomas. You've made my day. Thanks.
My cousin's son is a navy pilot - has landed on carriers all over the world. I got to sit in one of his trainers and see that tailhook that keeps planes on the decks. Split-second timing is good!

You must have had some kind of lens to get that detail!
Ginnie Hart: I took my 28-300 lens for that event, Linda, and felt very lucky to get this shot. Those planes fly by very fast. You're either ready or you're not! Thanks for your kind words.

It sounds like you have had some very cool experiences in your life, Linda!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Oct 2009, 06:52
Nah, they use radios - not maths. Excellent shot of the NASCAR race.
At the NASCAR they also use a countdown to the start. How many days left?
Ginnie Hart: You're probably right, Louis. They know how long the trip will take so someone has them on the phone and says, "They're starting the National Anthem now. GO!"

Since I don't exactly know yet what day I will be leaving (either just before or just after Thanksgiving), I haven't started counting days yet. But it's around 45, I think. NOT LONG!

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