A Special, A Classic, A Sunset | Rochester Spotting

Hello community!

I haven’t posted a topic in over three weeks which is pretty much unheard of from me, so we’re back again. This is pretty much a compilation of two different spotting sessions.


Since JetBlue refuses to service KROC with anything but Embraer E190s, I was eagerly anticipating the return of this beauty. On November 20th, she departed Marana Pinal Airpark and returned to base in Boston after spending 7-some months in the desert sun. The next day, JetBlue sent her here. Welcome back Blueprint!

f/8 1/40 ISO160 @ 120mm


Ameristar is a charter airline that operates both passenger cargo flights and flies a fleet of historic aircraft including a 737-200, a MD-83, and a few DC-9-15RCFs. Unfortunately, it was quite cloudy, but I couldn’t turn down the chance to see an airborne DC-9. This particular airframe is 54 years old and has an extremely extensive history, including some prominent airlines such as Air Canada and Continental.

f/8 1/320 ISO160 @ 400mm


General Aviation is normally quite annoying to shoot. They require long zooms and large crops which reduces sharpness, and even when you do nail it, they’re still not as visually impressive as even small airliners. Using the sun can help remedy that, though.

f/8 1/320 ISO80 @ 100mm


Nikon D7500
Tamron 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
Nikon AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (OLD)
Tamron SP 45 mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (OLD)
Manfrotto Element Tripod

Previous Topics

Toronto Pearson International

Shiny Metal, Silhouettes, and Memories | CYYZ Spotting | February 22nd, 2020
[BA A35K] Deice Shots @ CYYZ | December 1st, 2019
Cathay & Air France Inaugural [A350] | October 27th, 2019
New Angles: Spotting @ CYYZ | October 27th, 2019
Arrivals, Departures, and Night Shots | CYYZ Spotting September 1st & 2nd, 2019
A Beautiful Afternoon @ CYYZ | PART 2
A Beautiful Afternoon @ CYYZ | July 27th, 2019
AIR DRAKE visits Toronto | July 27th, 2019
Lufthansa A350’s Inaugural Flight @ CYYZ | March 31st, 2019
Snow Storm Spotting @ CYYZ | March 31st, 2019
Boxing Day Spotting @ CYYZ | Featuring Hainan Red Kung Fu Panda | All Heavies
New Camera Equipment | 5 Shots from CYYZ | November 25th, 2018
6 More Quick Shots @ CYYZ | October 20th, 2018
Spotting Session @ CYYZ | A Few Quick Pics
CYYZ Runway 5 Movements | September 8th, 2018 | Spotter Advice Requested!
CYYZ | Runway 23 (Airport Road) Arrivals | August 24th, 2018 | Featuring a Surprise Visitor!
CYYZ RWY 5 Arrivals @ Dixie Road - 5/6/18

Greater Rochester International

Airside with a 737 Freighter | September 15th, 2020
The Sky On Fire | Rochester Spotting | August 23rd, 2020
Airside with a 727 Freighter | June 29th, 2020
Two Smoky FedEx 767 Landings @ KROC | June 2020
Spotting A Community Member @ KROC | June 14th, 2020

Other Canadian Airports

A Beautiful Sunset | Spotting @ CYVR | August 31st, 2019
[WESTJET 787] Golden Hour @ CYYC | August 27th, 2019
YUL Spotting | April 7th, 2019

Other American Airports

October Sports Charters | Heavies @ KBUF
September Sports Services | Chartered Heavies @ KBUF
[MORE TO LOVE] Seattle Spotting Part 2 | August 24th, 2019
Sea-Tac Spotting Part 1 | August 24th, 2019
[DREAMLIFTER] Spotting @ KPAE | August, 23rd, 2019
[ALL HEAVIES] Spotting @ KJFK | August 17th, 2019
JFK Spotting [PART 2] | June 28th, 2019
JFK Spotting [ALL HEAVIES] | June 28th, 2019
Miami Spotting | 2/17/19

Other International Airports

Hot Air Balloon flight over Melbourne’s Yarra Valley | December 28th, 2019
Afternoon Departures @ Melbourne Tullamarine [YMML] | December 27th, 2019
Sydney Finale | YSSY Spotting Part 4
I woke up at 4:30 AM for this | YSSY Spotting Part 3 | December 26th, 2019
Afternoon Heavy Rush @ YSSY | December 25th, 2019
[QANTAS 747] Dusk Pans at Sydney [YSSY] | December 23rd, 2019
Munich/Singapore Gate Spotting + In-Flight Pictures
Spotting at ZRH/LSZH | July 15th, 2019

Special Topics

Editing Your Photos
Aviation Photography Wallpapers
Celebrating Two Years of Aviation Photography
My Tribute to the Air Canada 767
IFC’s First 15 Spotter Collaboration Topic | Part 1
Old Shots, New Edits | Quarantine Things
Bored in Quarantine | Editing like IFC Spotters
[TOP 10 SHOTS] 2019 Spotting Year in Review


Shiny Aircraft - A Complete Tutorial
A Complete Guide To Aviation Photography [2020]
10 Mistakes of New Spotters [and how to fix them]

Thanks For Viewing!





Those photos are amazing!!


Incredible photography! Please keep up the great work!

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Is that a DC-9? A real life DC-9?

You’re not lying, that’s a real DC-9.

That is the most beautiful plane photo I have ever seen on the IFC! Not joking, that is fricking amazing! It must be the chance of a lifetime to see an airborne DC-9, especially the -15 variant.

Not to mention the DC-9-15 is my favorite plane of all.


Awesome photos overall Andrew! That DC-9 is beyond incredible!


Congrats, have cookie.

Thanks Mason!

Thank you!

No, its actually a fake DC-9. DC-9s are like unicorns they don’t exist :p

Thanks Mr. Butter (or shall I say Mr. Boi?)



You’re welcome!

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Nice, I found an airport with less traffic than Munich 👀 Great shots!


I was walking to the gym one morning last year and this plane flew in right over my head. What a beautiful livery. Great pictures!


Hey do you know the REG for the DC-9

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N782TW from the picture


Beautiful shots, the DC-9 is amazing


This is why we edit pictures kiddos


Still amazing In general though

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Thanks Mr. I-don’t-spot-LH-A350s-anymore-they’re-too-boring.

So glad they brought her back.

And also FR24.

Thank you!

Yeah facts, I’d be a F-tier photographer if I didn’t edit.


Those are 🥵

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Here’s your medal for officially being the greatest spotter on the community!

Permission to use as my screensaver?


Thank you my guy.

Ooh that’s a high honor. As for screensavers, anything I post on the IFC is fair game for a screensaver :).


Love the photos!

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Dude, that first shot is money! Spot on panning action 👌

Also I’m curious, besides the increased noise, is there a reason why you shot at such a low ISO in the first couple pics?

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