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Old Apr 16, 2011, 3:32 PM   #1
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Today is "Thunder Over Louisville", a military air show and HUGE pyrotechnics show. My "adopted son", Charlie, flies C-130s and got me and two of my friends on the base to poke around on the flight line and in the hangar.

It was a rainy, COLD, miserable day so I elected to leave my E-620 at home since it's not weather-sealed nor are any of my lenses. I took the HS-20 and did I ever make the right choice. The photos below were taken in EXR mode with NO FLASH. As you can imagine, the interior of a C-130 and a Chinook helicopter are low light... PERIOD! Not just "sort of" low light! These are ALL hand-held images. To see the whole shebang, you can go to http://goo.gl/DXJxi

F-22 Raptor in the hangar


F-22 Bomb bay door open


My "son", Charlie in the middle with two of my close friends


Me with the F-22


Cargo bay of a C-130


Cargo bay of a USMC Chinook
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 4:12 PM   #2
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Did you bring your olympus dslr. The larger sensor would give better results. The tiny sensor did well, but the level of noise is apparent even in websize photos. But bad, but still there in the hangers with the low light levels.

The raptor is a nice looking plane.
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The last two shots are impressive for a non-dslr. Noise in my opinion does not distract in those shots.
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AWESOME!!!!! Photos thanks for sharing. I am loving my HS20 as well.

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Old Apr 16, 2011, 8:39 PM   #5
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Did you bring your olympus dslr. The larger sensor would give better results. The tiny sensor did well, but the level of noise is apparent even in websize photos. But bad, but still there in the hangers with the low light levels.

The raptor is a nice looking plane.
uh... Scroll up and take a look at the conditions, ST. I was not about to take the E-620 in those conditions. I put the HS-20 in a large freezer ziplock bag and it worked out just fine. In theory, you're probably correct. But, nobody shoots theory. I'm a hobbyist. If I were a professional, I would have taken a weather-sealed E-5 and weather-sealed lenses, fiddled with settings while all the little kids were screaming and running around while their parents jawed with pilots or generally were as much a nuisance as their rude, vile children and, if I were lucky, got half the shots I got. I probably would have needed a flash, too. No, thanks. This worked out EXTREMELY well for me and I'm happy with the results.

Incidentally, one of my friends took the shot of me. He knows absolutely NOTHING about photography, cameras, or anything remotely resembling the like. Yet, the image he took is pretty darned good!
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The last two shots are impressive for a non-dslr. Noise in my opinion does not distract in those shots.
Thanks very much. I don't think it did a bad job at all. All in all, the HS-20 is much-improved over the HS-10 and I'm glad I made the jump.


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AWESOME!!!!! Photos thanks for sharing. I am loving my HS20 as well.

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Thanks, Dave. They are, indeed, marvelous cameras. I just can't get over the way it performed in the crappy conditions I used it.
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These are good angles, I would of opted to take a tripod and shoot at iso 100. None the less, good results.


Did you shoot in exr mode? for iso 800, it is really good.


just a note for others.
For anybody looking at those results, the images are recompressed and obviously the originals look much sharper and better since the forums blurrs originals.

I just took a glance at that link you posted, very good shots.

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Really nice pics Gary ! on such a cloudy day.

I envy you man , i wish i would get that close to a F-22

Was there anything flying to get some telephoto shots ?

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Really nice pics Gary ! on such a cloudy day.

I envy you man , i wish i would get that close to a F-22

Was there anything flying to get some telephoto shots ?

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I also wanna get close to a F-22,Great pics,nice guys!
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Really nice pics Gary ! on such a cloudy day.

I envy you man , i wish i would get that close to a F-22

Was there anything flying to get some telephoto shots ?

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Thanks very much. These were taken in the hangar and on the flight line prior to the main event so... no... Nothing in the air for several hours.

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These are good angles, I would of opted to take a tripod and shoot at iso 100. None the less, good results.

No tripods/monopods allowed. Too many spectators and rude, vile kids.

Did you shoot in exr mode? for iso 800, it is really good.

just a note for others.
For anybody looking at those results, the images are recompressed and obviously the originals look much sharper and better since the forums blurrs originals.

I just took a glance at that link you posted, very good shots.

These are all EXR. I tried several in Manual, Program, Shutter, Aperture with crappy results. I even put an external flash on for some F22 shots and after much fiddling around, got TWO halfway decent shots. That's when I decided to see what EXR would do. After zooming in on the results via the LCD, I left it in EXR for the rest of the day. Tried the flash on the C130 and that sucked too so went back to EXR.

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I also wanna get close to a F-22,Great pics,nice guys!
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