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Old May 8, 2018, 7:44 PM   #1
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Default Photo Exercise, Moving Airplanes 2018

It got noisy a couple of weeks ago. The annual "Wings of Freedom" traveling vintage aircraft show visited our local airport. Rather then sit around and complain about the noise I grabbed my camera and became an airplane photographer for a couple of mornings. In the morning hours the wind blows off-shore and I have a nice spot to photograph them when they come in to land.

I've learned from this forum (Jehan) that if you want to get a "good" image of a flying airplane with propellers, the propellers have to be in motion. That is not easy to do in the bright daylight.

This requires shooting at the lowest ISO the camera has and a small aperture (like f/16). It also requires bringing out the longest and heaviest lens you have.

In retrospect 1/125 shutter speed would be ideal for this type of photography.

Unfortunately I didn't get too many keepers at those shutter speeds. At slow shutter speeds trying to capture a good image of a fast moving airplane means you've got to pan while you shoot.

Sounds easy, it's not. Especially with your big heavy lens.

I used a polarizer to help with the shutter speeds but anything below 1/200 was pushing it for me.

Anyhow it was like a game, trying to see how slow you could go and get a shot in focus.

One thing I noticed in processing the photo's is that these planes are a lot smaller then they appear from the ground as they fly over.

Photo's with shutter speeds.

1/320, takeoff.


1/125


1/200


1/250


1/320


1/250


1/200


1/250


1/80, slow but not real sharp.


It is challenging and fun. Give it a try and find out.
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Old May 8, 2018, 9:01 PM   #2
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Stellar shots. Every one is spot on. The props came out well.

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Old May 9, 2018, 8:56 AM   #3
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A very nice series, Mike
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G'day Mike

A beaut collection - and I like the final image best ... heaps of movement along with a clear shot of the plane [even tho it might not be 'perfectly sharp']

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Thanks for the reply's.
We'll give it another go next year.
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Outstanding shots, Mike. I liked them all, but my favorite three are the B-24 Liberator, the P-51 Mustang, and the B-17 Flying Fortress. I like the angle, and the prop blur, especially the B-17 for the blur. All nice shots. I haven't shot moving aircraft since I posted my 2010 Blue Angels show. I need to get out more. lol
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