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Blue Angels over Fort McHenry

June 19th, 2012

The Blue Angels (the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron) perform in the skies over historic Fort McHenry. The star-shaped fort is best known for its role in the September 1814 defense of Baltimore Harbor from attack by the British Navy that inspired Francis Scott Key's poem, "The Star Spangled Banner".

This photo was taken from the grounds of the fort during the "Star Spangled Sailabration", marking the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Baltimore, Maryland. June 16, 2012.

Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Shot at 135mm, ISO 280, f/4.8, 1/2000 second.

Location: 39.262127, -76.580242

Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED.

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Posted By: Thomatis
about 11 years, 10 months ago
Just a shame you chopped off a bit of the horizontal stabiliser on the last aircraft.

Other than that it's perfect. A brilliant blue sky.
Posted By: mkylemartin
about 11 years, 10 months ago
I love this picture! Really good quality with that lens too--I have a very similar one and notice that after about 200mm I lose a lot of image quality. If you shot it at 135mm these planes must have been really close! Great job!
Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 10 months ago
Thanks @mkylemartin.

My main gripe with this lens is chromatic aberration, but that is fairly easy to correct for in post-production. I used Apple Aperture for this, but Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro do a great job with that as well.

Beyond that, just stop the lens down to the middle of it's aperture range when you can for better sharpness. I've taken some surprisingly good shots with this inexpensive but versatile lens.

I have some other images I shot that date at the full 300mm where the aircraft nearly fill the frame. Maybe I'll submit some more to the Loupe. In one of them you can clearly see the pilot's face. Pretty cool considering the plane was flying at a few hundred miles-per-hour when the shot was taken!
Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 10 months ago
...okay, vignetting can be a problem too in many situations when shooting with this lens on an full-frame (FX) camera body.

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