THROUGH THE CANOPY

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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DURING FLEET WEEK 2005, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IN SAN FRANSISCO BAY, TWO FRIENDS OF MINE AND MYSELF WERE SITTING IN MY FRIENDS FISHING BOAT, WHEN THESE TWO F-18’S FLEW OVERHEAD. WHILE TRYING TO KEEP THE SUN’S GLARE DOWN TO A MINIMUM, I MANAGED TO GET THIS SHOT THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS TAKEN “THROUGH THE CANOPY” OF ANOTHER JET FIGHTER. WE DIDN’T GET ANY FISH THAT DAY, BUT I MANAGED TO GET SOME SHOTS OF THE JETS THAT WERE FLYING OVERHEAD. THIS IS THE CLOSEST I’VE EVER BEEN TO FLEET WEEK, BUT I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO GET CLOSER THE NEXT TIME. EVEN WITH MY CANON EOS KISS REBEL 300D AND MY QUANTARAY 70-300MM TELEPHOTO AF MACRO F:4-5.6:1. I’VE LIVED IN VACAVILLE EVER SINCE 1960 AND I’VE NEVER ATTENDED THE FESTIVITIES DURING FLEET WEEK. I HAVE GONE OUT TO TRAVIS AFB FOR THE YEARLY THUNDERBIRDS SHOW SEVERAL TIMES. I DISCOVERED THAT IF I COULD GET THE CITY TO CUT DOWN SOME LARGE EUCYLIPTUS TREES ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE, I COULD WATCH THE THUNDERBIRDS FROM MY BEDROOM WINDOW, WHERE IT’S AIR CONDITIONED. OUT ON THE TARMAC AT TRAVIS, IT’S HOTTER THAN HE??. IF YOU CAN FIND SHADE UNDER THE WING OF A TRANSPORT OR TANKER AIRCRAFT, IT’S NOT BAD. HOWEVER, MOST OF THOSE SPOTS ARE TAKEN BY THE TIME I GET AROUND TO WATCHING THE SHOW.

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