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Feb 24, 2016 09:41 |  #3196

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Those are nice.
I have to shoot through our windows a lot, and if you are careful to keep the windows clean, shoot straight on, and keep the room as dark as possible you can get away with a lot, provided the windows are of good enough quality.
Here are a couple of samples taken with my Canon 400/5.6 on my Olympus E-M1, hand held and manual focus, (pre-Metabones days;-)a!)

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I had B+W Schneider Optics install our windows. It was a little expensive :-) This is why I have always supported high quality lens filters. Yes there may be some loss of contrast or potential flaring (which I rarely see) but overall there is very little IQ loss. If you can get those sharp images through a window then a high quality filter will be unnoticeable.

Due to the conversations at these forums I decided to stop using them since January. I can't tell if there is see any improvement and I think my pre 2016 images look just as good.


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Feb 25, 2016 03:59 |  #3197

Fancy something a bit different to wildlife? :)

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Feb 25, 2016 04:48 |  #3198

Amazing stuff


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Feb 25, 2016 05:36 |  #3199

Ah the Mach Loop.... definitely on my bucket list, maybe in July when I get back over to the UK.


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Feb 25, 2016 07:42 as a reply to  @ graham121's post |  #3200

Is that in the Lake District?


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Feb 25, 2016 07:52 |  #3201

No, it's North Wales :)


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Feb 25, 2016 08:21 as a reply to  @ Vertigo1's post |  #3202

Thanks! Very skilled panning you're doing there!


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Feb 25, 2016 08:39 |  #3203

Thanks but I didn't think I was doing that good a job of it to be honest! :)

The jets I was between 1/800th and 1/1250th which is too fast for good background blur really - what blur there is is actually bokeh from the f/5.6 aperture. I've tried lowering to around 1/500th to 1/640th but that's when my skills start lacking and I end up with blurry shots :) The real challenge is framing - getting a tight shot with the whole plane in the frame. You can zoom out to give yourself more leeway but then you lose resolution/detail.

The Hercules are a different matter as they're much slower and you want a low shutter speed to blur the props otherwise they look strange. 1/250th was a low as I dared and even then they could do with more prop blur.


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Feb 25, 2016 20:14 |  #3204

HOW??? From which point? Where were you when taking these shots?


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Feb 25, 2016 23:31 |  #3205

Got my 100-400mkii to day. think I'm going to like it.


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Feb 26, 2016 00:28 as a reply to  @ Vertigo1's post |  #3206

Wonderful wonderful images!!


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Feb 26, 2016 01:38 |  #3207

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HOW??? From which point? Where were you when taking these shots?

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Feb 26, 2016 02:15 |  #3208

Lbsimon wrote in post #17913220 (external link)
HOW??? From which point? Where were you when taking these shots?

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As others have said, it's at the "Mach Loop" in North Wales. It's an area designated for low-flying exercises where the jets (and other stuff) follow a loop through the valleys between Dolgellau in the north and Machynlleth in the south (from where the name comes). You can hike up the sides of the mountains at many different spots and get above the planes to take shots looking down on them as they pass.

All sorts of stuff comes through but it's a total lottery on each day and you can draw a total blank sometimes. Hawks are common, Tornados and F15s less so and you get the occasional Typhoon if you're lucky. Occasionally you'll get C130s through or even helicopters.

Just Google "Mach Loop", there's loads of info out there on it. This video of the "Grim Reapers" F15s has been doing the rounds lately, although a group of four F15s is exceedingly rare:

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Feb 26, 2016 09:04 as a reply to  @ Vertigo1's post |  #3209

Back in the 80's I was in the USAF at RAF Lakenheath. Back then the F-111's would do bombing runs in Scotland. Unfortunately we lost one in Lauder in 87 or 88 that I went up to and was part of the clean up team. It makes a pretty big mess when a plane noses in at just below the speed of sound.

If I remember correctly, they had just did a low level bomb toss, pulled straight up into low level fog and clouds, got disoriented and drove it straight into the ground. The people of Lauder were amazing, very welcoming.




  
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