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on Jun 8, 2010 in Aviation

And Where did the Best Shot Come From?

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Yeap, directly overhead! One thing I AVOID with a passion is looking right down the lens barrel at the sun. So when the F-86 was just a heartbeat before going in front of the sun to a heartbeat after, I just laid on the hammer and let the camera blast so the mirror flapping as fast as possible.

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And my favorite shot, the F-86E is just about as close as it can be to being in front of the sun without having the sun in the frame. That caused the dramatic underexposure making the sky so blue (I was already shooting at -1 to blue up the sky). What I’m still wondering is, where’ the flare? Surely some bit of the front element was struck by direct light from the sun, how could it not since I was pointing the lens bloody straight up (my neck is still kinked)? That is supposed to be one of the attributes of the new coatings on the lens but up until now, I hadn’t tested for it. To be honest with you, I’m not a big backlight photographer but now I’m curious. That’s the best part about photography, always learning something new!

Photos captured by D3s, 200-400VRII on Lexar UDMA digital film