F18, Vapor Cloud - Finally!


After several years of attempting to capture an F18 piercing a vapor cloud, I finally got the shot!  Previous efforts were close, but the timing was never just right.  At the 2012 Jones Beach Airshow, I decided to try a different technique.  Instead of using the 400mm which is very tight, and leaves little room for error, I opted for the 70-200mm for this pass.  The result was a bit more breathing room which allowed me to capture the whole scene without cutting off part of the aircraft, or vapor cloud.  I still have about 12 GB of images to sort through, but the moment I squeezed this frame, I had a great feeling about it.  More images to come in the next day so check back soon.  In the meantime, enjoy the holiday weekend, and thank a Veteran for their service. 

Tech details: Canon 40D, 70-200mm lens at 200mm, f8, 1/1000, ISO 200.


ChrisLong Island