• Last Night I was over here at the park shooting the planes taling off and considering trying to do what you've done here, all the while curing the fact that I don't have a 300mm lens... - Matt Granz Photography
  • Looks like someone did a barrel roll here :-) - Andy Frazer


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SFO rush hour on Friday, December 18th, 2009, at 10pm.

Yet another angle on the same daily event. Qantas 74 headed for Sydney can be seen taxiing across the runways from left to right. The dark jet at front left is a Delta plane -- for some reason it sat there for quite a while as planes taxied by on the far side, and then finally took off. Also, not shown here, one plane got in position to take off on 1R, moseyed up to the intersection at 28L (or jumped the gun), waited for a plane to land on 28L, and then followed the landing plane back to the gates.

There were lots of trails on the ground even though most planes did not have their tails illuminated. The trails in the air seemed to suffer from this viewpoint, and it was overcast at first, so some trails ended shortly after takeoff. A bit of a rush job on the postprocessing, I can clean this up some more if desired. I'm still trying to find something in these shots, but I may have to incorporate the actual city of San Francisco in them somehow.

Credit to papa_sierra for telling me about this location.

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Stack of 83 images, EF-S 17-55 @ 55mm, f/10, 30s. Millbrae.

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  1. john dusseault 47 months ago | reply

    you have a spectacular collection of photos -- very creative, inspiring work

  2. pawART 47 months ago | reply

    woow! nice!

  3. poorpoor 46 months ago | reply

    I love these!!

  4. Andy.Main 46 months ago | reply

    These are fantastic images...something I will have to try one day...so inspiring!

  5. hebrew calligraphy 46 months ago | reply

    wowow perfect light effect !

  6. chunkielove 46 months ago | reply

    Dude, your photos are so inspiring. Seriously.

  7. Luisa Zorn 46 months ago | reply

    Wow! Excelent! Reinventing the basic!\

  8. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    Magnifique photo

  9. WarEagle8608 45 months ago | reply

    These are all great! I have been wanting to try this for a while now, you are really good it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Laurie Taylor. 43 months ago | reply

    what an amazing idea!

  11. Paul Balchin 43 months ago | reply

    Beautiful. The light trails look organic.

  12. Sergio Bukini 39 months ago | reply

    awesome series!

  13. Albert Maria Pschorr 25 months ago | reply

    Hello exxonvaldez ,
    Iam Grafik Designer and I would like to use this photo for a client magazin.
    Please contakt me

  14. Angel Shi 21 months ago | reply

    Great photos!

  15. jevertonbs 16 months ago | reply

    How do I take a picture of these with a Sony DSC-H200?
    Is it possible?
    thank you

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