– Ben Martens

Seafair 2012

Every year Seattle hosts a multi-week event called Seafair. Navy ships come into port, there’s a large airshow including the Blue Angels, and the hydroplane boats race. This year I got the pleasure of watching the Blue Angels twice.

On Friday, my division at work rented out two of the Argosy boats. I was on the Royal Argosy (the one that hosted our wedding reception) with camera in hand. The Blue Angels fly up and down Lake Washington, so being out in a boat is a very unique way to watch the show. They seem to pass within arms reach.

On Saturday as part of Tyla’s birthday weekend extravaganza, I surprised her with tickets to Seafair. We usually just watch from a park or somewhere free, but this year we had reserved parking and two reserved seats in the grandstands. It was well worth the price as we got to enjoy the whole airshow (not just the Blue Angels) and it was all taking place right in front of us with commentary over the loudspeakers. In between flying acts, we got to watch the incredible hydroplane races up close and personal.

I almost didn’t get any pictures on Saturday though. We walked the mile from our car to our seats and I pulled out my camera for the first shot. I depressed the shutter button, but nothing happened. It immediately dawned on me that I had left the battery in the car. AUGH! I decided it was worth the effort to go get it so I handed Tyla the camera and most of the stuff in my pockets and ran to the car and back. It was 90 degrees that day and I don’t run, so by the time I got back, I was a ball of sweat.

I’m so happy that I ran back though because I got some good pictures. A few of my favorites from both days are posted below but you can see more in the photo gallery. I know that photo gallery isn’t awesome, so I’ve also posted some of the better ones on Flickr. If you want full resolution copies of any of these, please let me know.