Air Show Photography. Historic aircraft.

September 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I went to the Shoreham Air Show (Shoreham-by-Sea, Nr. Brighton, UK) today with my family, and took my Nikon D800 and my old Nikkor 400mm f3.5 ED manual focus lens - as I have no alternative for this type of shoot! I decided not to take a tripod, and just shoot hand held. Some might say a bit optimistic with a heavy long lens like this and 36 megapixels! Focusing was a bit tricky and definitely needs some practice. I set the camera to over expose by 1 stop which on average was about right. They were all shot as RAW files which meant it could tweak them later for fine tuning exposure.

Anyway, here are some of the results. It was a mostly overcast day and I have cropped into some of these, but you can see more of the images and the technical specs on each image if you go to the gallery here and click on the image.

It was a great day out if a little tiring on my left arm! ...

B17 Sally B

 

Fairey Swordfish

 

Sopwith Triplane (replica)

100% crop from the Sopwith Triplane picture:

 

Messerschmitt Hispano HA1112 MIL (Me109)

 

3 Supermarine Spitfires, including the unique Grace two seater.

 

Bucker Jungmeister (behind) & Bucker Bu181 Bestmann

 

I won't pretend that there is anything more to these than trying to get a "nice" record of these machines, given the ground view and a grey sky. They will speak for themselves. All the above are pretty sharp. I took about 160 frames in total.

It would be good to get more movement of the propellers, but that would need a slower shutter, a tripod and very careful panning and a lot more frames with fewer 'keepers'.

 


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