From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

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imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

Went to the East Fortune Air Show here in Scotland last weekend. Here's some of the pics I took with a borrowed Tamron 70-300.

I'm not usually into plane shots but I went for the spitfires really

Spitfire

On another fly past

Stunt plane 1

Stunt plane 2

Stunt plane 3

Last but definately not least the amazing Eurofighter

Possibly the loudest thing I've ever heard!

And for any bentley fans out there:

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I have some more which will prob post in th enear future. also there's some more on my smugmug site, link below...

C&C as always welcome and very much needed

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SlipKid Senior Member • Posts: 1,155
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

The Spitfire shots are nice, well exposed. I think a slower shutter speed to blur the propts a bit would look a little better.
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raikkonen Regular Member • Posts: 325
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

nice shots - little blur - so maybe 1/640 on the prop - maybe even dropped down to 1/250 for some to give that bit of movement - you going to leuchers? if you are, see ya there - ill be there 1st thing
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OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

thanks guys.

I find that my laptop shows pics a bit brighter than they actually are I tried a few different shutter speeds but since I was zoomed right in at 300mm and didn't have a monopod to hand I was getting shaky shots. I managed it on a few which I'll post later, but I think I need practice at shooting prop planes in flight.

If anyone has any tips they'd be gratefully received :))

And raik, I'm now thinking about going to leuchars aye so I'll look out for another Nilon user Prob plenty of us there though!
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TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
great series imonk

you may want to work on the shutter speed for the props, about 1/320s sbe just fine to capture the motion there.
wonderful miages, thanks a lot!
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OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: great series imonk

Thanks for the comments Kevin, much appreciated.

I think I'm gonna try to get to the big airshow leuchars in sept so I'll try out a few shutter speed combos there

Not sure if it would help but I could try using a monopod for these? Would that give a more stable shot while panning?

Cheers
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ShiftyPhotos Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: great series imonk

Nice shots, but whats all the rubbish in stunt plane 2 pic..is it dust or something else?

OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: great series imonk

Y'know m8 I actually don't know :/ I saw that and was gonna clone them out. The other pics look ok but I'm gonna try and take a pic of a white wall and see what shows up. Could be tocket blower time :))
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degsy_safc Senior Member • Posts: 1,374
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

Hi imonk,

You got some great shots of the spitfire, have you tried cropping in a bit ??

Anyway i took these at the Sunderland Airshow on 30 July - these are all heavily cropped as they were approx 800 yards off shore..

Taken with Sigma 80-400OS and D200;

Sukhoi SU26;

Eurofighter;

Pitts Special;

Tornado;

Hope you like them......

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OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

Wow derek, great images, especially of the road angel stunt plane Unfortunately we didn't get the nice blue skies I was hoping for but your pics are really nicely exposed and really sharp. I'll try cropping into mine a bit but I think it's a bit soft zoomed in.

That eurofighter sure is loud eh?

I def need more practice lol.

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degsy_safc Senior Member • Posts: 1,374
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

Ian,

Thanks for the comments...

Yeah the Eurofighter is loud, but if you ever get the chance to see an F16, thats even louder the whole ground shakes when those boys display..

To be honest, these shots of mine are OK but, they are very heavily cropped thats why they have a little blur i think. They were shot handheld at 400mm with the flight line approx 800 yards away, fortunately OS has maybe saved the day a bit, but i have seen better....

Its difficult shooting fast jets on an overcast day, the camera is screaming 'more light please' and your wrestling just trying to keep locked onto the subject....

As a rule of thumb i try to shoot jets at approx 1/400th with props at 1/320th or less and helis at 1/200th to get a nice prop / rotor blur. I'll up the ISO even on sunny days to make sure i get a reasonable fast shutter speed for the jets. I use centre weighted metering and centre point / continuous focus to lock the target. Check the meter and not worry too much about blown skies...

Practice at the perimeter of your local airport, thats always a good point to get to grips with judging the settings...

Anyway good luck in the future and keep snapping...

PS - here is a link to my aviation gallery, feel free to have a good browse around.. Some from the airport, some miscellaneous aviation and last year's Sunderland Airshow (it was cloudy that day)

http://digiphotog.com/component/option,com_gallery2/Itemid,43/?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=340

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raikkonen Regular Member • Posts: 325
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

imonk wrote:

thanks guys.

I find that my laptop shows pics a bit brighter than they actually
are I tried a few different shutter speeds but since I was
zoomed right in at 300mm and didn't have a monopod to hand I was
getting shaky shots. I managed it on a few which I'll post later,
but I think I need practice at shooting prop planes in flight.

If anyone has any tips they'd be gratefully received :))

And raik, I'm now thinking about going to leuchars aye so I'll look
out for another Nilon user Prob plenty of us there though!

What to do, well, what im going to do is go to Edinburgh airport and practice taking aviation shots of the Boeing 737's landing and taking off - i know its not as fast as a spitfire or that but it will start to give more tips on low coming planes to take with the skyline.

but i would have shutter speed of 1/640 and for props to have it at about 1/160 just to give a bit of "motion" in the shot. Even go to turnhouse - there is a helipad there and you never know what you will find. as for speed - if you wana brush up on panning - motorway, or even a railway - fast trains going along kingsknowe - at the level crossing - 95mph etc... so there is loads of places here to pracice panning shots and speed shots.
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raikkonen Regular Member • Posts: 325
Re: great series imonk

imonk wrote:

Thanks for the comments Kevin, much appreciated.

I think I'm gonna try to get to the big airshow leuchars in sept so
I'll try out a few shutter speed combos there

Not sure if it would help but I could try using a monopod for
these? Would that give a more stable shot while panning?

Cheers
Ian

Yeh - i would use a monopod at minimum - rememberingthat you will be doing panning shots so tripod wont be as versitile. if you can get away with it, do it freehand - if not, mono wil be good
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degsy_safc Senior Member • Posts: 1,374
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

Ian,

Forgot to mention ....

Monopods and airshows dont mix. You'll be too tempted to swing the camera up to follow an aircraft, especially the jets when they go into the vertical climb - if you are not careful, swinging the camera will result in the pod having someone's eye out

The other bit of info i forgot to mention in my last post, shoot in burst mode , you really improve the chances of getting at least one keeper from a series of say 5 shots...

Keep snapping....

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OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

cool thanks for all the helpful tips guys, very helpful. And Raik, taking panning shots of trains is a great idea heh. I'm gonna try that when I have time

Cheers guys!

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Andrew Forrest Junior Member • Posts: 34
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Yeah I dont think monopods work for air displays, espically when aircraft are flying unpredictable tracks, instead of straight 'flypasts'. Good photos all around here guys, I need to find myself another air display to go to soon! Just to let people know, there is the Military Pagent Air Display at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, on the 6th August, which is amazing for photography, as such a variety of aircraft are displayed. Check out http://www.tsgcs.co.uk/shuttleworth/main/eventsdetails1.asp?ID=46 for more details.

Andrew

OP imonk Senior Member • Posts: 1,082
Re: From Spitfire to Eurofighter - planes anyone?

cool, thanks for the heads up on that Andrew (pun intended!)

May be a bit far for me to make it but anyone who goes hope you enjoy it and post some pics up asap
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