- I'm an amateur wildlife photographer and spend a lot
of time outdoors waiting for wildlife. These waits can be hours long.
Hence, there are days during these hours when, rather than watching with
thrill and awe an American White Pelican soar in from the east basin to
land gracefully in the lagoon, I instead watch in horror as one after another
after another plane flies overhead spraying us.
- The attached jpgs were shot with a film camera (not video,
but continuous tone film as opposed to digital), Nikon 70-300 zoom lens
with a 2x teleconverter which doubles the zoom to 600.
- These are two different planes, but I'm sending two photos
of one of the planes to show the spread of the trail and a closer shot
of the plane. I'm north of San Diego, standing at sea level, so someone
out there will know how to do the math on altitude. Both of these planes
were heading due south, but the sky was full of trails and planes heading
every which way. Maybe you'll get some feedback from listeners who have
enough knowledge base to identify the kinds of planes these are - commercial,
military or other.
- I've done nothing to these images except scan as tiff
and compress to 72dpi at high quality in PhotoShop.
- I have also shot lots of film images on varying degrees
of trail spread - what happens to a trail as it fans out, and shots of
planes leaving normal, short contrails for comparison.