Shooting the Blue Angels with the Beast

The Blue Angels are back in town! Yesterday, I got to see them take off from the flight line (one of the many job perks). Today I went out with Rachel and took pictures using the Nikon 600mm f4.0D AF-S II VR that I rented yesterday. The thing is a beast:

Getting ready to shoot the blue angels. Photo by Jacob Blount.

They were all out of the 18mm wide angles. Photo by Jacob Blount.

I got some pretty good shots, but I think there’s a lot of atmospheric crap in the way (i.e. all the air, dust, pollen, etc between my lens and the air planes). I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that, but I’m definitely going to try again tomorrow.

Update: Another picture Jake took, going for the “Rear Window” look…

One Year Ago: Photo Time Capsule, Part III

The last month (of travel last year) was an interesting collection of friends from half a world away. I was with Charlie by this point (beginning of July) in Italy where we met up with his friend Andy, who’s from Germany but Charlie actually meet in Ecuador.

While in Italy, we also met up with James, who know both Charlie and me from Seattle, and Mark — who James knows from his time at Occidental.

I left Charlie in Italy and continued on to Switzerland where I met up with Quinn, a best friend from Seattle, at L’Abri. We then continued north and to hang out with Remo and Gunther, who first stayed with my family over 13 years ago in Seattle when Remo was in school.

After traveling with Quinn a bit, Charlie met back up with us in Prague (just in time for the tour). We finished touring together in Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany: Three great friends half a world away.

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18.0 mm || 1/8000 || f/3.5 || ISO800 || NIKON D70
Florence, Tuscany, Italy


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18.0 mm || 1/60 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Florence, Tuscany, Italy


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18.0 mm || 1/200 || f/4.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Aigle, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland


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18.0 mm || 1/13 || f/9.0 || ISO1600 || NIKON D70


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29.0 mm || 1/60 || f/4.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70


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18.0 mm || 1/3200 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


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18.0 mm || 1/15 || f/3.5 || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland


Halt! Stou!
70.0 mm || 1/500 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Gmina Oswiecim, Lesser Poland, Poland


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18.0 mm || 1/125 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland


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18.0 mm || 1/1000 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

via the Photojojo Time Capsule

This weekend is going to be ridiculously awesome! This evening, Carly and I are going Buzz Putting1 with a bunch of friends to celebrate Beth’s birthday. Then tomorrow we’re going to have breakfast and enjoy the Blue Angles — whom I haven’t been in town to see for the last two years — then a Polish wedding, a bachelor party2, all topped off with lunch with Jon and Kristen — who are getting married in less than a month — on Sunday!

Pyramid Formation Turn
190.0 mm || 1/2000 || f/6.3 || ISO400 || NIKON D70


Pyramid Formation
190.0 mm || 1/2000 || f/5.6 || ISO400 || NIKON D70


Bottom Side Pyramid Formation
70.0 mm || 1/2500 || f/9.0 || ISO400 || NIKON D70

Anyway, that wraps up the Photo Time Capsule series; hope you enjoyed the tour!


  1. “combining the best of childhood and being 21+” 

  2. sans Le GF