If you haven't read about Day 1 in SXM you probably should. Day 2 begins waking to the sound of business jets throttling up for the departure from this dutch/french island. I had a full day ahead of my and wasn't about to lay in bed for one more minute. I got set and ran over to our balcony like a chicken with it's head cut off. I shot off a few frames and checked the flight schedule for incoming arrivals, Two hours later, right after a trip to the breakfast buffet filled with protein and carbs. My wife and I which was loaded with 40 pounds of gear ready for any angle and lenses in reach walked on down to the beach right when American Airlines B757 was over head, the feeling of these tin birds about ready to land is one of awe, I have never been this close to a jet landing at 160 knots and definitely never under one at what feels like less than 20 feet.
American B757 over the beach
We spent another 2 hours getting roped into a timeshare tour nightmare, I won't even get into that. We finally made our way to the roof of the building to meet up with a Canon rep to check out the competition gear. Being above the tree line I had a clear view all the way to the terminals, which led my eyes to the Air France jumbo jet that I wanted to capture. Somewhere between the sales pitch and the tour of the timeshare I had missed my landing shot. I now had only one more chance to catch it land. So in a bit of frustration I tried out the Canon EOS-1D X paired up with an 800mm f/2.8 and became "Machine Gun Mike" shooting some 50 frames at the same time my wife became "Machine Gun Mary" with my smaller Nikon D300 and a 50-500mm f/4.5 lens I brought along shooting 15 or so frames of a Boeing 727 as it taxied to the runway and took off. All my shots were closeups, my wife captured the best shot (below) which was pretty awesome compared to all of the shots from the Canon. The 800mm was overkill!
Amerijet B727 takeoff and jet exhaust over the mountains
About an hour before sunset we made our way back to the hotel room just in time to see Air France departing and watching brave souls take the the jet blast punishment, then took a walk down to the beach once more before dinner. Last thought for the night was two days down three more to go, would I be able to get a winning shot.
Air France before departure with Pelican Key in the background
Beach goers getting blown
American Airlines Shorts 360
See the rest of the Sint Maarten (Dutch side) /St. Martin (French side) photos