Sun 06-Apr-14 03:42 PM | edited Sun 06-Apr-14 03:43 PM by Bravozulu
While I worked at an airline, one of our pilots was a well-known combat pilot and was given the privilege of getting a ride in the famed U2 spy plane. This was one of the few 2-seat models used for training pilots.
The U2s are all headquartered at Beal Air Force base, about 120km east of San Francisco. My friend took his film Nikon with a 'Fisheye' wide angle. Using film. The pilot in front took the plane over San Francisco late in the afternoon. At 75,000 feet altitude (25,000 meters), he inverted the aircraft so my friend could shoot directly down through the plastic canopy at the city and the sea below. The sun was just setting.
Such images are not so novel in our times, since this feat is easily replicated with Satellite images. I'll see if I can get the image from my friend and post it here.
>Very nice shot, Steve! How long did you "wait for the >light? > >Rocky
Thanks Rocky. That was the view from the cabin. I was on the back deck when the sun was going down, noticed the color, grabbed my camera and started clicking. Of course the light is only good for a minute or two. I adjusted exposure comp. to get it just right then made further adjustments in Lr.