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Old May 9, 2015, 6:16 AM   #1
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Default B-29 Superfortress Attacks Washington, DC

Actually it was a flyover by a lot of WWII warbirds yesterday, commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE day. This is Fifi, the last B-29 still flying.



This was my first photo shoot of airplanes in flight, and this was the only keeper. They were flying down the middle of the Potomac river at 1000' and at the shore I was some 500' from the middle. What I learned is that you need to get closer than that - this was at my telephoto limit (35-100 f/2 plus a 1.4 teleconverter). Still, it's not too bad...

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Old May 9, 2015, 7:59 PM   #2
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Well done. That is a dramatic composition of Fifi flying. The angle of the wings and the perfect prop blur are really spot on, and convey a good sense of speed. I think that you could actually crop it a little to make the plane bigger.

If you got some more aircraft shots from the ceremonies they would be nice to see also.

(I got some shots of Fifi on display when she visited in my area last year, but I never got to see her in flight. I posted some shots then.)
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Thanks, Steven. I had forgotten your post about Fifi.
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Hi Ted. Having been lurking on this forum for a few years, your excellent photo of the B-29 has finally driven me to post something.

This plane and its four sisters fly past my house regularly. It's an Airbus A300-600ST Beluga and was built specially to transport Airbus wings, manufactured nearby, to France or Germany.

These were two of the first shots I took with the 50-200 SWD, EC-20 combination on my E-30.

Having started, I will probably post a few more random shots, but I'm not a particularly prolific photographer.

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Hi, John. Thanks for posting those - I've heard of the Beluga but not seen a photo of one. Welcome here!
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Thanks Ted. As I said, I'll be posting a few more shots - I've one or two that might interest Scouse, who I think still frequents this forum.

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This forum has been quiet but a lot of us are still using our 4/3 gear. I think that's partially because we have a lot invested in it, and partially because no one is likely to get a sharp image from holding a camera out away from their bodies. Yes, some of the Oly m43 cameras have viewfinders but most non-professional cameras do not.
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Hi John. Thanks for posting those photos, and welcome to the forum. We are alway glad to welcome new participants.
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Thanks Steve. I'll be dipping into my archives and seeing if I've any shots interesting enough to post here.

Like Ted, I've invested a lot in my Olympus gear to give it up. Besides, I would have to spend a fortune getting the same quality.

Meanwhile, it's off for a couple of hours birdwatching followed by my local pub quiz.
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Thanks Steve. I'll be dipping into my archives and seeing if I've any shots interesting enough to post here.

Like Ted, I've invested a lot in my Olympus gear to give it up. Besides, I would have to spend a fortune getting the same quality.

Meanwhile, it's off for a couple of hours birdwatching followed by my local pub quiz.
I hear you, John; and my equipment list is similar to yours. I have both the 12-60mm and the 50-200mm, plus an EC14 for my E-3.
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