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Hairy planes?

Air display on Saturday took some shots.


Always a red arrow








Followed by a jet and biplane






Then a bi plane doing tricks.





Then the one I was waiting for!




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Re: Hairy planes?

HI Wee,
Beautiful shots. Could you give me some pointers? I am new to M43 and have been invited to the Bournemouth Show in a couple of weeks’ time.
Have an M5 mk11. What glass did you use? I am not sure that CAF + Tracking is the best option? Would be grateful for any advice.
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Re: Hairy planes?

I used the m4/3 75 -300 and the 40- 150 pro and the TC (at times) on my OMD ME1 body and grip.
ISO 400 - 800 and 200( to blur props)
Aperture usually around f8 although I did play about with settings.
Used S-AF & M and C-A F no tracking.

Distance to aircraft varied from half to four miles

Hope this helps

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Re: Hairy planes?

Iso, welcome to the Bournemouth Air Festival (my local show )

A couple of tips, first if you are driving, get there early as parking fills up incredibly quickly. We usually park on the clifftop between Southbourne and Boscombe Pier (its free) and take breakfast at the Urban Reef on the seafront to the East of Boscombe Pier (not free but cracking grub)

Then make your way up to the cliff top between Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, looking for the spot facing the centre one of the three large orange buoys. This is the centre line of the display.

You will be shooting contra-jour most of the day but as the show goes on the sun will move to the West (your right side) which makes the light a little more favourable

A polarising filter is very useful and remember your sun cream, too many people end up badly burnt after a day down here in Bournemouth.

There are lots of nice food and drink outlets along the cliff-top and have a look at the memorial sculpture for Jon Egging who crashed on returning from an air display here in 2011

I'll be up there on Friday (old, bald fat man with 2 women and two grandchildren, waving an EM-1 + panny 100-400 in the general direction of the aircraft )
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Re: Hairy planes?

HI Ed – Thank you for the time spent in your reply.
I have a M5 II with Grip, but only a standard 40-150, so guess will have to work hard to get even close to your results. Your point about ‘no tracking’ was a key comment for me. I have been trying out C-AF with tracking, but it seems more to worry about than is worth doing??
On balance out of S-AF/ M / C-A F which worked best for the majority of the time?
Also was wondering whether using say a 60mm f2.8 (which I have), and relying on a heavy crop, would produce any worthwhile results?
I would be grateful for any further comments you have - ISO
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Re: Hairy planes?

Brian,
Very many thanks for your Bournemouth tips. Am coming from Kent so all the local SP is very welcome.
However it seems, on Friday, I will actually be on a boat moored between the two Piers!!SO – no chance of what sounds like a great ‘set you up’ breakfast…..and the opportunity of meeting a fellow M43, which given I am just starting out in this format, I would have looked forward to.
No idea how far out we will be, but hopefully will be able to point at the centre buoy – thanks for that heads up; also sun cream & hat.
I have a M5 II with Grip, but only a standard 40-150. Do have a polariser – what do you think the trade off is between using that – which can be adjusted – or keeping the lens hood on?
Again, many thanks for your reply - ISO
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Re: Hairy planes?

shooting from the boat is a great location (so long as its not too windy! ) You will be a bit further out than previous years because of the new safety regs but the light will be in you favour, coming from over your shoulder all day, I've seem some stunning shots from my buddies who do it every year. (no chance for me as my wife gets violently seasick but won't miss the show )

your 40-150 should be fine from that location and you won't need the polariser (an ND filter to cut down shutter speed for prop blur could be useful though)

the forecast at the moment is for bright sunny conditions (a pain for me but great for you, from my location nice fluffy cloud cover with a blue sky is ideal)

Have a great day and give me a wave
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