Vapor and Glow

Blue Angels GGAS 103115e copy

Vapor and Glow.

When I saw this image I immediately thought of the song “Highway to the Danger Zone”. I could just see Goose and Maverick chasing MIGs. Then I realized it has been 30 years since that movie came out. Many people have never even seen the movie and are wondering what I am talking about. I would love to see some numbers as to how many young folks enlisted after that movie hoping to be the next Maverick or Ice.

In order to get this effect you need humidity and fast moving jets that are turning or climbing hard and fast. The glow from the engines is the icing on the cake for me. This was one of those shots I really wanted to walk away with from the air show. You can see how the plane has traveled through the heat signature of the engine vapor as well.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Aperture Priority, f8, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 1600, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, Black Rapid strap, Lowepro Flipside 500AW, processed in Lightroom CC.


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