Reader John B. remembers reading that this great aviation shot by Paul Walters [see Update below], for the Bristol Evening Post, was taken with a Canon 10D in November of 2003*. The picture—taken with the photographer suspended from a helicopter— shows the last flight of the Concorde SST.
John says he thinks the article he saw mentioned that Paul Walters only had four shots before he'd have to wait for the buffer to clear. (Remember when the number of shots you could take before the buffer choked was a significant consideration with camera models?) "So," notes John, "he was under some pressure to get it right!"
Paul Walters timed it brilliantly, though.
UPDATE: There is some question as to who took this shot. The Aviation Heritage section of the Transport Archive site, which we originally linked to, credits the photograph to Paul Walters; but The Telegraph credits the same photograph to its photographer Lewis Whyld.
This is just the sort of thing that keeps Yr. Hmbl. Ed. up at night doing digging; journalistic ethics require that we get to the bottom of the matter...or would, if we'd published the photo ourselves. Can't have known misattributions. Sloppy journalism. But since we've just linked to these, and because I have such a heavy schedule these next few weeks, I'm going to go all waffley and let it hang. But so you know.
(Thanks to John B.)
*We'll assume the original has better highlight detail and color than the archive JPEG we see at the link.
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Gary: "What an astonishing photograph! Often aviation photography can look a bit predictable, like it's a genre with a limited vocabulary so whatever is said sounds the same. But that photograph has so much more depth to it—the close positioning of three separate icons of technology is enough on its own to hold our attention. Add in the overhead perspective, which oddly makes the aircraft look even more 'aloft,' and it's a truly glorious shot."