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…