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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blue Angels in San Francisco

Every year, around mid-October, the Blue Angels return to San Francisco to put on a couple of air shows for Fleetweek.

And like every year, as soon as people hear the planes, the huge, endless debate about whether or not the planes should be invited back resumes.

One the one hand, you have those who argue that they're loud, expensive, dangerous, and nothing more than a blatant military display.

On the other hand you have those who argue that the deafening sound the planes make is the sound of Freedom and if you don't like it, you're free to leave the country.

And then you have people like me, who choose to completely ignore the military propaganda that goes along with the show, simply because they enjoy watching the aerobatics way too much, and sometimes, you just have to focus on the positive, because if you don't, what is the point of getting up in the morning?

They seem to always come from the West (Sutro Tower on the left). As soon as I hear the planes, I run to the window with my camera. I was so excited that I completely forgot to set my camera to high resolution, so the pics aren't very good, but you get the idea :)

Some lucky people are already out on their balconies overseeing the entire Bay. Others quickly try to access the roof of the buildings they work at or live in, in hope of seeing this ...

or that

.. and off they go!

These photographs were taken during practice, on Thursday and Friday. They day after, the fog rolled in and they had to cancel the show. At the time of this posting, I don't know if the air show went forward today. Oh, well, hopefully there is always next year!

Click here to see better photographs of the Blue Angels in SF, and here is a little video

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Blogger MmeBenaut said...

Awesome photos Tomate! Bravo.

4:36 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Very cool shots... Love that first one...
Appreciated your philosophy towards getting up in the morning... (((I too think we have to work with what we have)))

12:54 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Mme Benaut: Thanks! I left word with Katiefornia, so just let me know when you're in the Bay Area and we'll see if we can take you sightseeing or something!

APhotoADay: The first one is my favorite, although it could use a little Photoshop treatment (like all my photos, I suppose). I was going to only use the first one but decided to throw everything in anyway. If I ever get serious about photography, I think I'll need a new monitor .. I can barely see my photos to be honest. Maybe I'll swing by the Apple store later today to see what they really look like ;)

Thank you both for the comments

1:22 PM  
Blogger from cali said...

The photos look really good. The first one and the last are my favorites. I'm glad you threw in the other photos. I like seeing as much of your city as I can.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

thank you Cali! You should come and visit!

4:26 PM  
Blogger from cali said...

I was there in 2008. Hope to return again one day!

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Gabrielle said...

Fantastic photos and OMG, what a view!!

7:57 PM  

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