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Oct 02, 2011 11:47 |  #1

Really was undergunned for this type of photography, 200mm was not enough for the in-flight shots so lots of cropping to get it closer. The guy sitting in front of me had a 400mm and that looked like a good lens for this.

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This was a 700mph pass just under the speed of sound, amazing I even got the shot as it was hard to keep this plane in the viewfinder as it passed by.

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Oct 02, 2011 11:50 |  #2

Good shots.

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Oct 02, 2011 11:55 |  #3

It was a nice day for an airshow... not as hot as it was in August for NAS Miramar, and not cold and windy... Nice pix.


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Oct 02, 2011 12:01 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #4

Hi there, thank you for sharing your air show shots - looks like Miramar was sunny!

400mm is a great length for shooting airshows and I along with many others find that the 100-400mm offers the versatility that comes with shooting shows.

As well, I wouldn't put too much thought into cropping shots. I used to shoot at 300mm and cropped quite a few of my photos when I thought that the picture needed some more attention to detail.

Remember as well that some of the best shots aren't the extreme close ups, but the panorama's that show vapour trails or smoke going through the sky or against a puffy white cloud bank.

Cheers, and enjoy shooting!


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Oct 02, 2011 12:25 |  #5

Nice shots! I saw at least 3 guys within my area all with some sort of 1D and some super extreme tele lol Sadly , I only had my 50 on my 40D, not even close. And it's MCAS Miramar just so you know, it's been under Marine hands for years now lol




  
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Oct 02, 2011 15:48 |  #6

Yes it was perfect weather at Miramar, and the crowd was not bad on Friday, only an hour to get out of the base afterward. I am now jonesing for a 100-400 looks to be an affordable lens for daytime sports and nature.

Thanks Wingsoffury for the pointers, here are a few uncropped shots and the lens that made me drool, would love to see what his shots looked like.

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Oct 02, 2011 23:31 |  #7

Nice one of the Harrier.


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Oct 03, 2011 11:28 |  #8

I am not a big fan of the big fixed lenses for airshows at less. When I try to capture the crossing shoots I pull back to around 300mm or so. You will never capture it with the 400mm.




  
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Oct 03, 2011 20:08 |  #9

seaninsa wrote in post #13198868 (external link)
I am not a big fan of the big fixed lenses for airshows at less. When I try to capture the crossing shoots I pull back to around 300mm or so. You will never capture it with the 400mm.

Nor was I... I used to have 2 bodies lensed up and ready to shoot, a 70-200 mounted and a 200-400 mounted. This year I got a new body and am not super fond of my backup body, so I didnt mount anything on it. Using only the 200-400 i forced myself to focus on the real subject, take more risks missing frames, and do some of my cropping in the lens rather in PS. What happened? I throw a hell of a lot of pictures away. At miramar I threw 3300 of 3800 on the first pass through my pictures, Reno 2500 of 3800 on the first pass, etc... What I was left with was amazing, from my perspective. I had forced myself to look at airplanes differently. I would have normally zoomed out, and gotten the whole B-25 in the frame at Camarillo, but since I could only zoom out to 200mm, I had to find a creative way to frame and capture the a/c - all while it was taxiing up to me and I was quickly running out of time.

Take a risk. Whats the worst that will happen, you'll have to come back next year and try again? Wow, that'd suck since you're probably going back next year anyways...


OP, your harrier shot is pretty amazing. You'd love to see the heat distortion I got from the far west corner during the hover demonstration. Thats the case where 400mm is not the awesome place to be; you end up getting confident and shooting through 400mm zoom worth of hot air that ruins the shot. Would have loved to be in your seat with a 70-200 mounted - if i was going to do 2 days at miramar thats what i would have done, but lugging around the equipment in a backpack usually means shows are 1 day affairs.


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Oct 03, 2011 20:23 |  #10

Good stuff for your first show. I'd like to one day get a 500mm F4L....we can all dream right?...lol


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Oct 03, 2011 20:41 |  #11

Thanks, as I had no idea what to expect I was learning with every click. I struggled with prop planes and the heli's as I wanted to get a nice prop blur, but ended up with th entire plane/heli blurry. So lots of room to improve but will have to wait a year to try it again. Add to the fact I want to watch the planes as well and hard to do that and shoot photos, that's why I did not get many of Sean Tucker as I watched with my mouth open.......Really need to go for 2 days to do it all.


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