Thanks for the advice guys. I wish I had an opportunity to read it prior to going today as I'm sure it would have helped.
My learning curve was STEEP today. REALLY STEEP! I only started getting halfway decent shots towards the end of the show. And by halfway decent I mean "no where CLOSE to what anyone else on this forum would produce but better than a camera phone". HAHA!
I had a GREAT time today and in the end, that's what matters the most.
Here are a few in-flight shots that again, turned out decent (considering I was using the 55-250)...
I'm least impressed with this one. Seems like I missed the proper focus on it.
For this picture, I was tracking the jet on the right and knew the one on the left was coming in so I just pressed the shutter and "sprayed and prayed".
And a few shots of planes in the staging area. I wasn't really sure how to compose the pictures. Most of the compositions I wanted were littered with people. If I had to guess, I'd say there were easily 15,000 people there - probably substantially more. So, I resorted to close up shots with my 15-85 and I believe I shot at 15 for every one of them.
I know these shots are absolutely NOT up to par with what's seen on this site. There are some AMAZING photographers here who produce such amazing images that I literally can't imagine how they got them. But, I thought I'd share them anyway and request any feedback y'all are willing to give that might help me to improve the next time I get such a great opportunity.
Thanks so much!