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During my seventh time photographing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, I finally got the shot I wanted as they flew directly over me, their smoke trails creating an artistic effect.
Pictured are five of the six jets performing a modified delta formation beside San Francisco Bay on October 11, 2019 during Fleet Week.
The thunderous roar of the engines was exhilarating as they sped past within close range as I took this photo looking straight up.
When I think of the Blue Angels and how they represent the U.S. military protecting America and freedom, I am reminded about God’s angels sent by the Creator of the universe::
“For He will command His angels in regard to you, to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” Psalm 91:11
The Blue Angels are the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron featuring Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots. Celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2021, they have performed for nearly 500 million people worldwide since 1946. Approximately 11 million people view their spectacular performances each year. Additionally, each show season the Blue Angels visit more than 50,000 people during school and hospital visits.
San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) is an annual public event honoring the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. According to the official SFFW website, it is the largest and most significant event of its kind in the U.S. and features a unique training and education program bringing together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance.
My sincere hope is that this image will inspire both the viewer and the buyer of this artwork to pray for our military, particularly during the holidays when they will not be with their families while on duty.
May we honor, respect and support the brave men and women in uniform who have given much and risked their lives so that we may live in freedom.
"No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13, Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Interesting note ~ In case you are wondering how they produce the smoke trails, here is information from the official website of the United States Navy Blue Angels::
"The smoke is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft, where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. The smoke provides a traceable path for spectators to follow, so they can see the flight profile that has been flown. It also enhances safety of flight by providing a valuable means by which the solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers and conditions of lowered visibility or haze. The smoke poses no hazard to the environment."
05.02.22: THANK YOU to the precious customer from Hammond, Louisiana who purchased a throw pillow bearing my artwork, “Angels Overhead”. May your purchase bring you much enjoyment. God bless you!
12.15.21: THANK YOU to the precious customer from Milpitas, California who purchased a print of this image. May you enjoy your purchase for many years to come! Thank you for your patronage. God bless you!
07.28.20: THANK YOU to the kind person in Seattle, Washington for your purchase of a onesie with this image! Am truly honored that my photo, “Angles Overhead” will grace the garment for your precious little one. Like the Blue Angels, may God's angels from Heaven offer their protection from above (Psalm 91). Enjoy your purchase, and may it become one of your keepsake mementos of those special milestones and happy times in early life. God bless you!
Giving glory to God that "Angels Overhead" received the following contest Award on Fine Art America:
3rd Place (tie) in the "It's A Plane It's A Bird No It's A Plane" Contest, sponsored by the Aviation Group, 05.03.2021. Thank you to Teresa Trotter, group administrator, for hosting the contest and to those who voted. God bless you! Congratulations to the other winners, too!
Grateful to God and thankful to the group administrators for graciously featuring this image on the home pages of the Fine Art America groups ::
* IMAGES THAT EXCITE YOU, 10.13.19
* USA PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY, “Action or Speed” Photo of the Day, 10.14.19
* ARTS FANTASTIC WORLD, 10.15.19
* 10 PLUS, 10.15.19
* ALL ABOUT THE MILITARY, 10.20.19
* ARTIST NEWS, 10.21.19
* AVIATION ARTWORK, 10.23.19
* YOUR VERY BEST PHOTOGRAPHY, 10.30.19
* PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, 10.30.19
* NEW FAA UPLOADS LIMIT ONE PER DAY, 10.31.19
* 500 VIEWS SHARE GROUP, 04.08.20
* ABC GROUP, "O is for Overhead" Theme, 11.14.21
* AET - ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TRANSPORTATION
USA PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY, celebrating my 5th Year Group Membership Anniversary, 03.20.21
Thank you to group host Judy Vincent for this recognition! God bless you!
This image is available as a print, and would look stunning on metal, one of the ordering options on this page. 30-day money-back guarantee on the purchase price through Fine Art America. World-wide shipping is available.
Embedded in the top right-hand corner is the Hebrew acronym for "B'ezras Hashem" [ב ס " ד] meaning "with God's help". It is a reminder to me as an artist and photographer of my dependence on the Almighty, the Originator of all creativity. This is a similar acknowledgement used by great artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel who signed their work with the Latin phrase, "Soli Deo gloria" which means, "Glory to God alone".
Scripture quotation taken from the Amplified® Bible (AMP), copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org
Photo copyright © 2019 Brian Tada. To the glory of God. All rights reserved. Duplication, copying and/or redistribution without permission of the photographer is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.
October 13th, 2019
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