Aviation Photo #1096711 McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - USA - Air Force

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Well after dark, this shot was taken on ISO1600, 1/20th of a second and best of all, hand-held with a non-image stabilised lens.
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    Karl Drage
    USA - Air Force
    McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
    McDonnell Douglas
    1208/E166
    91-0301
    LN
    Lakenheath
    England
    United Kingdom
    February 9, 2006
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Comments (99)

Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
An amazing shot, great work! Hand held and no IS makes it even greater work. fantastic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
With that hand, my man, I hope you are a surgeon doctor :)

Luis Tena
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible capture, a little luck never hurts.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The panning shot seen for many months here!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The sensation of speed that this picture gives is simply awesome. Good work, Karl! Thumbs up. Congratulations!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing pic! thats probably the biggest afterburner flame ive seen on a.net
Anonymous
11 years ago
One of your finest my friend.Conditions make this an all round cracker of a shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfect work, Karl. No IS lens? Wow... 5 stars for you.
Anonymous
11 years ago
If those are already hard to get with IS, to have one(hope there is more) without IS is really something special and on a dark aircraft is even more difficult. 5 stars for the photographer and for the photo. Well done!
Anonymous
11 years ago
An absolute top picture!! Well done.

ed gar
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfect panning -what a superb image.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Stunning photo Karl! What an afterbuner!
Anonymous
11 years ago
5* without doubt. Perfect technique on a great subject. This is some photo. Well done. Darren
Anonymous
11 years ago
Too much information on the camera!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Karl it is the best sot you have EVER taken, well done

Andy abbott (andyh558)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Well done Karl, a very well captured image.

Geoff Hibbert
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like how he has shot the aircraft moving at such a slow shutter speed without the AB blowing out the flair. and as stated in the caption ni IS... good paning work
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot KD, excellent technique involved to get a shot as good as that.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful speedness!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Splendid! I was hoping someone would take this type of shot one day and I'm glad Karl did. Without taking anything away from the photographer, it is also worth considering the huge advances in digital photography: almost no noise at ISO1600 is simply stunning.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great work Karl. Superb panning.
Anonymous
11 years ago
If this picture were to include the Roar of those twin afterburners, it'll be aptly entitled- 'A Symphony of Speed in Motion'. And despite All the 'noise' made by the MiG and Sukhoi crowd, this Is the Real Deal of combat jets with it's Sterling All important Battle Proven combat record. Thanks Karl, for sharing this Sublime photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great work, mate!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Got a marshmallow
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing... The sense of movement is unique...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice to have added it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Another cracking photo Karl. well done mate.
Stu
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfect Panning!! Congrats!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
because I want to be a F-15 pilot when i grow up. And I'm only 12. Plus it's a very inspiering photo[to me anyways].Tome it shows me "I can, and I will become a United States Air Fotce pilot when I grow up.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Photo! people are not able to see such beauties
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like the appearence of motion but, it is not blured. Most of all I like the fire comming out of the back jets!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love seeing those afterburners in my town back in the u.s. every night but i could never get a good pic of them thanks karl!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That is one of the most difficult shots to get, as light blurs so easily. Amazing shot Karl, I rarely give five stars, but this one has earned it mate. Absolutely stunning and exceptional photo, buddy. Very well done!!
Jaysen - Shawnee, KS
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pure white energy pouring from the afterburners. I love this picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's farking awesome.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very good shot ! the movement is well done !
Anonymous
11 years ago
The lights of the a/c, the blurr of the background, the landing lights, just an excellent shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's, for me, technically (and in beauty also), the pic of the year!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I don't usually comment on photos but on this one it is a must, under the difficult conditions conditions could not be any better. Cheers.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice and a tricky shot to capture considering the poor light.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Powerful and mighty jet force
Anonymous
11 years ago
SUPER! The thrust-to-weight ratio is great enough
that if the F15 was set on its tail and afterburners
lit, it would take off like a rocket!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yep, and F-15 can climb 30 000 ft in a minute. Fantastic picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I work on those P&W F100 engines, and this shot does more justice to the honor of my job than any other...great job.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautifully panned, sir!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding shot. fantastic panning and stunning afterburner detail. Furthermore i'm very impressed by the low-level noise produced by the camera set at 1600 ISO!

Fred Renaud (AZ610)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very sharp, clear image. Keep up the good work!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a fantastic shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
I was impressed by how clear the jet came through, and the effects of the afterburners on full is just beautiful.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb clarity and contrast
Anonymous
11 years ago
The ability to capture a fast moving target in such detail allows one to marvel at the photographic technology of today... and it's just plain cool
Anonymous
11 years ago
Clear, crisp, and nothing but unadultrated power.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great combo of crystal clarify and motion-blur -- awesome!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome!! Great clarity, the colors mesh so well...I do amateur photography, and this is definitely one of those that you just sit and think "That's the one!"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing how the jet is in focus...but everything else is a blur.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply beautiful. The crisp focus of the F-15 is a wonderful contrast to the motion blur of the background.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent job of panning without any support equipment
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Really, really impressive shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's about the details. Note the clarity of the lights on the ship herself>
Anonymous
11 years ago
Clarity, color, motion, so good you can hear the engines
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks spiffy
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great sensation of motion in the picture...
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love how the photographer captured the raw power and speed of this amazing aircraft.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Colours and crispness. It would be so calm.. except for that violent hellfire! YEAH!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just passing through (via Fark) but just had to add that this is a stunning picture. Full marks to you.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just liked the picture. very sharp
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just adding to the chorus: Artful manual shot. No IS, handheld, ISO 1600, 1/20th sec. Godlike Pan.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great work Karl, I love how the nose is illuminated by the gear lights. 5 stars!

Jamie
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow is all i can say. Amazing picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great focus, great lighting, and taken on a long exposure without image stablization or a tripod to help. Amazing work by Mr. Drage.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a clean and beautiful shot! It captures the motion and the power of this mighty machine.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Another visitor from fark here. Well done karl. I love the superb glossiness everything has; its not as grainy as i would expect for 1600 iso. Cheers!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Even on a two dementional picture you can hear and see the power of this f15
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pratt & Whitney power at its best ... PW229's !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot. Extremely clear picture, and captures the beauty of this beast very well.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The illumination of the formation lights and the force of the afterburners! The picture itself looks like it's moving!! The background looks like a hidden base! Excellent!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just puts another meaning to "Light the Candles"!!!!
Great Shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is one of the best afterburner shots I have ever seen. Someone once said you are a human tripod! I have to agree.

Regards
Harlequin67
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just a few photographers dare to shoot with these light conditions. Congratualations!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wonderful pan blur, perfect exposure. You really get the sense of speed and power from this photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good quality picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
So many great photos on Airliners.net but this has to go into the hall of fame. Just look at the finishing touch of the star pattern coming off of the tail position light. Ting !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect timing / view
Anonymous
10 years ago
Full afterburner and go!!!! Fantastic shot! Congratulations
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo shot!! To tell you something, I was in an Airline Explores program, and one time at night, they took me to an Air Force base, and I got to see a fleet of F-15s take off with it's afterburner right neer me!! And yes, it is extreamly loud!! Not to mention the Earth shakeing!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Any shot of a Mud Hen is a good one. I'm surprised no one has commented on the fact that only the left engine's burner is lit. It seems the right engine is still at MIL power...or else suffered an AB blowout.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Both engines are in full burner. You can just make out the bulge in the flame from the #1 engine. The overexposure of the flame masks the rest.

Brilliant photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great split second shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The shot has great contrasts. I especially like like how the reflective surfaces stand out. Not to mention the jet exhaust.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beauty.... i wish i would be just beside the photographer when the picture was taken
Anonymous
9 years ago
That is amasing
Anonymous
9 years ago
Superbly taken excellent composition
Anonymous
9 years ago
Clarity, speed effect, lights.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Raw power from a eagle!
Nice capture you have their Karl.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo of F-15E with afterburner.
Anonymous
6 years ago
My God what power the F-15 displays when the afterburners are lit. Is there any wonder that the F-15 still holds all the time to climb world records since the Streak Eagle set those records back in the 1970's.

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