D7100 & AF-S 80-400mm shoot aircraft

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starman1969
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D7100 & AF-S 80-400mm shoot aircraft
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Nipped out to take these two BAE Typhoon jets. I don't do a whole lot of aviation photography, so this was a test of my panning skills. Pretty happy with them, but I could have included the tail fins on No 3. C&C's welcome.

1) Taxi up

2) Static Pair

3) Take off

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In reply to starman1969, 10 months ago

These are surprisingly sharp considering how slow your shutter speed was on a moving target at 250mm.  I think I'd try bumping up ISO a bit to allow you to shoot at faster shutter speed.  Or open up the aperture a little more.

Nice ones, regardless.

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In reply to starman1969, 10 months ago

Whats up with the residential houses behind the chainlink fence.... what sort of airport/base is this

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blue_cheese wrote:

Whats up with the residential houses behind the chainlink fence.... what sort of airport/base is this

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Good question. I was surprised that nobody was looking out of the windows. Maybe they don't even hear the thunderous noise because they are so used to it. My ears are still ringing now. It is very close to a residential area. There are also numerous retirement trailer/caravan parks in the area.

BAE Systems, Warton Lancashire England. The jets were being delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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In reply to starman1969, 10 months ago

Nice. I use the same lens for cricket and am always amazed at how fast it goes.

Was there a reason for not using the 70-200?  I see the fl was 250.  If I understand correctly, you would have had a nice bokeh to remove the housing and sharper images?  Its the choice of lens I am trying to get my head around

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I believe thats where they make the composite wings for the Airbus?  and get the Guppy transport plane through there to take them down to Toulouse?

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ccnp wrote:

Nice. I use the same lens for cricket and am always amazed at how fast it goes.

Was there a reason for not using the 70-200? I see the fl was 250. If I understand correctly, you would have had a nice bokeh to remove the housing and sharper images? Its the choice of lens I am trying to get my head around

Thanks for the comment. To be honest I was torn between which one to take out. I chose the 80-400 because I thought I might need the longer reach. The 70-200 would have allowed a larger aperture, but with the panning I have blurred the background well enough in the take of shot.

The facility you were thinking about is Broughton, Ellesmere Port, where the Airbus wings are made.

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starman1969 wrote:

blue_cheese wrote:

Whats up with the residential houses behind the chainlink fence.... what sort of airport/base is this

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Good question. I was surprised that nobody was looking out of the windows. Maybe they don't even hear the thunderous noise because they are so used to it. My ears are still ringing now. It is very close to a residential area. There are also numerous retirement trailer/caravan parks in the area.

BAE Systems, Warton Lancashire England. The jets were being delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Some local airports are used for touch and go training...not sure if that's the case here...I was driving down the highway the other day when I had a jet come right over my cars rooftop, they have to come in and leave right through residential areas.

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