For blue (Al,In)GaN laser diodes we measure the evolution of the laser beam during its propagation from near-field to far-field. We reconstruct the near-field phase distribution of the waveguide mode. The dynamic behaviour is a tilting of the phase front and a far-field beam-steering on a 10 ns to 100 ns time scale. These observations are discussed in the context of the carrier induced change of the refractive index associated with the antiguiding factor and of thermal dynamics.© (2005) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.