Silver Angels (Reflective Blue Angels)
It's not showing in the thumbnail, but the sun is reflecting off #6 (on the right) onto the belly of #5. And the jets are so glossy they reflect the sky at this angle. I got this from the Marin headlands, which I hadn't tried before -- inspiration from tzargregory. Some notes for reference:
First time using a full frame body for this, and the 70-200 with 1.4x extender was a bit short and soft. It's felt a bit too far from center point. I thought the distance might help with smoke trails, but they blew away fast.
I think I am doomed to buy the 100-400mm, maybe after giving in to the 24-70mm.
There was a lot of problematic heat shimmer above the water.
From the "straight on" view of the Golden Gate Bridge, it's very hard to frame a jet in the towers. Usually they are obstructed and also in the shimmer.
There were 5 closeup opportunities - diamond, echelon, pair, delta, and solo. Mostly underside or rear view. The lighting is definitely different, works both ways.
I'm guessing most of the parking on Conzelman was used up all the way to the construction closure. McCullough had some spaces open. Only a couple dozen people around the Coastal Trail.
The North Vista Point lot was almost full by 2pm. Bridge traffic was light. Fort Baker had plenty of standing room, the lots were full.
[ Also: don't use jpeg if you crop 1:1. And, the planes were very easy to track from that location, rarely going behind and out of view. ]