Contrail Transformation

July 03, 2011


Photographer: Francesco De Comite; Francesco's Website
Summary Author: Francesco De Comite; Jim Foster

The photo above showing contrail hieroglyphics was captured over Mouscron, Belgium. Though contrail formation is easily explained, the smoke ring like patterns that on occasion form instead of continuous vapor trails is quite mysterious. It's hard not to imagine that they're shaped by local air currents, but why they take on the bizarre shapes they sometimes do is poorly understood. Photo taken on June 2, 2011.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS; Focal Length: 72.0mm; Aperture: f/7.1; Exposure Time: 0.0006 s (1/1600); Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; White Balance: Manual; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.
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