Despite wet, windy overcast weather and almost no blue sky I managed to pull off a few decent shots. Patience was the key and timing the aircraft’s flight into sparse blue patches of background AND simultaneously getting it in what little sunlight there was. Very tricky photography with very low shutter speeds for prop blur. I spent the day looking for unusual and unique images and not run of the mill aircraft fly-past images.
“Out of the Sun” – The business end of the SAAF AFB Museum Harvard AT-6C Mk III aka “Nelson” #7111 at yesterday’s SAAF Museum 40th Anniversary air-show at Swartkops AFB. A common tactic of fighter pilots was to attack enemy sorties from high with the sun behind them. I’m playing with some flare and star techniques and avoiding the usual boring yearly flyby shots. Enjoy!
Tech Specs: The weather was atrocious for flight photography, overcast, grey, wet, windy. There were very few blue sky opportunities and thus the photography was extremely technical. ISO 100, f/14, 1/125s, @300mm Hand Held and no VR/OS or IS assistance.
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!
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