The Biggest Aircraft Carrier in the World Looks Here Like a Tiny Model

By Jesus Diaz on at

I love this photo of the USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear supercarrier. It looks like a tiny model thanks to the F-18's exhaust fumes, which distort the air above part of the deck and turns the image into a bit of a tilt-shift photo.

Tilt-shift photography works by applying selective focus to an image, either by tilting the lenses or using a digital filter. The fuzziness of some parts of the image fools our brain, making us focus on other parts and giving the illusion of a miniature. In this case, the tilt-shiftish effect is caused by the exhaust fumes of the F-18 taking off, making the ship, crew and aeroplanes look like a model.

However, it is the Stennis, the seventh of the United States Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear supercarriers, which are still the largest warships ever built at 1,092 feet (333 meters) long and a displacement of 100,000 long tons. She is now serving on the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Image by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/US Navy