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From the 2010 Cleveland Air Show. The US Air Force F-22 Raptor put on quite a display showcasing its performance and handling capabilities.

Shot using shutter priority at 500mm, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200. Sony Alpha 100, Sigma 170-500mm f:5.6-6.3 APO. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 448 views as of 7.22.12.


air force, air show, alpha, cleveland, f 22, jet, plane, sony, raptor


  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderabout 4 years ago

    Great shot..Bet he was pullin some G’s here….Cheers, Bill

  • Thanks Bill! There were a lot of G’s being pulled that day!

    – Jim Butera

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Jim. – Ted

  • Thank you very much Ted!

    – Jim Butera

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 4 years ago

    Superb shot.

  • Thank you Nigel!

    – Jim Butera

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettabout 4 years ago

    Very impressive shot – congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Spencer!

    – Jim Butera

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingabout 4 years ago

    brilliant shot there Jim..were you riding in a chase plane?? :)

  • Thanks Keith! No, I was on the ground. I decided to shoot shutter priority this year at 1/800. That too care of the camera shake. I used a 170-500mm Sigma APO which on my Sony body meant 750mm. That and a little cropping.

    – Jim Butera

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work my friend…beautiful !!! Very crisp shot like for f/6.3… glad you pulled it off…I did some shots of Blue Angels in the past so I do realize how tough it could get….

  • Thanks! We shot the show two years ago and I had the camera set on manual. Big fail, none clear. I have learned since then that a fast shutter speed makes up a lot for a large aperture. It is tough, I shot about 400 pictures with about 40 useful and 20 really good.

    – Jim Butera

  • Shane Ransom
    Shane Ransomabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture taken at just the wright time to show off the vapour on the wings.

  • Thanks Shane! That was one of my goals that day. It’s my favorite thing to see, it’s just amazing.

    – Jim Butera

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations this work has been featured in DSLR Not a Canon/Nikon Group …. Thankyou for submitting such great work to the group.

  • Thank you Keith!

    – Jim Butera

  • Matt Wilson
    Matt Wilsonalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Matt!

    – Jim Butera

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossalmost 4 years ago

    This one caught my eye too, and another great feature. How did you get this shot? It’s so clear and vivid. Awesome stuff :-)

  • Thanks Neil! It wasn’t that hard, I’m pretty good at making myself into a reasonably stable tripod and shooting at 1/800 really helps to take our a lot of the camera shake. That and Sony has an incredible anti shake in their cameras.

    – Jim Butera

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