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Tajmahal by 781969

The "odd lighting" is the air pollution which could only be changed by using square filters, or doing some heavy duty "post processing" Smile Still, it's a great angle on a much photographed subject - I never realized the Taj could be made to look like a Schloss! Wink



LILLE SEBASTOPOL version 2 by phdgent

Nous sommes d'accord. I'm sure the other images illustrate what the editor had in mind, but this is the image that catches the eye...


Autumn Swirls

Autumn Swirls by NeilM

Nicely spotted swirls. They make the picture. Smile


Two P51's

Two P51's by Nigel_95

Very good Nigel. Nice prop blur, and a great composition. I missed that airshow, & I definitely wished I'd been there now! Wink

Ribblehead double header

Ribblehead double header by smithgj

As Richard said, the cheering people add a great touch


Out in front

Out in front by Shane136

Pin sharp in the foreground and good background blur. Superb shot Shane.

Gay bikers

Gay bikers by agustjons

...on Acid? In homage to the group of that name, of course Wink

RIAT 2011 A10 Thunderbolt II (W/hog)

RIAT 2011 A10 Thunderbolt II (W/hog) by Nike55

Hi Nigel here's my two-penneth. First off it's a nice image of the Hog. I disagree that the big primes are not practical, they're just bloody heavy and it's a challenge to get the subject centre frame handheld if your frame rate is low. If handheld is not possible, I've seen Belgian and French guys at Duxford (2012/2013) & RIAT (2013) respectively with big 600mm primes mounted on gimble head tripods.

There's no reason to try panning the fast jets as there's nothing to blur. Kick the T/V setting to 1/1000s, 1/1250s for jinkers like the Raptor or Rafale, or more for formation cross overs like the red arrows synchro pair, and enjoy the fact that ISO 100 and F4.5-F7.1 can work at 500mm + (full frame equivalent). You've got no choice if you use Auto-ISO and TV mode anyway.

The real down side of long reach lenses is that heat haze, & water & diesel vapour blur long distance images, but that applies equally to the 400mm/500mm zoom full frame equivalents on cut down sensor bodies like the 7D. In the end long focal lengths allow you to find the aircraft in patches of blue sky in the clag.

On your budget a 2nd hand 100-400mm F4L IS zoom would be a good compromise. 400mm full frame equivalent won't allow you to get a frame filling shot, even at Duxford, unless it's a Catalina or a Lancaster. Besides the zoom lenses are soft at either end of their zoom range. I own the 100-400 and it struggled on a full frame body at 400mm which was what the minimum needed for interesting shots of the Spitfires, Hurricanes et al. For bigger subjects at 250-300mm it worked well. On the 7D the 100-400mm is approxiamately 150-600mm.

If you've any doubts, hire. Various company's do 3 days for the price of 1 weekend deals so it'll cost you £100-150 to find out what a prime can do for you at an airshow. Less for the zooms.


Typhoon by rickie

1 & 4 do it for me Rickie Smile


Last smoke before the battle

Last smoke before the battle by Growmore

I wouldn't have even bothered apologizing. The re-enactors and those who keep the warbirds flying are, as the say, living memorials to what was done. As it goes "At the going down of the sun we remember them."...all of them. In the vain hope that in remembering some silly bugger won't try and do it all over again.

A Sadhu (holy man) of India...2

A Sadhu (holy man) of India...2 by debu

Nice portrait Debu, but the complicated background was a bit distracting. You could blur it in post processing, but it would just be easier to use a wider aperture...

Can We Go Now?

Can We Go Now? by KathyW

Good composition and restrained post processing *click* Smile


ellie 3

ellie 3 by david1810

It's a fantastic image. My only quibble is that the face is a little too flawless next to detailed weave of the cloth.



Harvesting by kelogie

Works really nicely. Shame you can't see it large Wink


Litter bin.

Litter bin. by franken

Nice contrast, and the shadow gives it that "Athena Poster" feel, if that's not an insult! Smile

Gates of Eden

Gates of Eden by CraigBill

"Who nicked the path?" Wink Seriously though, nice shot. Smile

TopicDate Made
Blowing-Up Images24/04/2007 - 11:16 PM
Image Problem31/08/2006 - 6:37 PM
Vulcan To The Sky Appeal23/08/2006 - 1:40 PM
Searching For a Decent Developer...06/03/2006 - 3:35 PM
Correcting Colour Casts28/01/2004 - 4:12 AM
TopicDate Contibuted
Ever get a 500mm prime lens and wish you had rather bought the 300 mm f2.8 with a 2x extender?30/05/2013 - 4:27 PM
Air Show Lens25/07/2012 - 1:29 PM
mirror lock?24/07/2012 - 9:53 PM
Canon 500d over exposure24/07/2012 - 9:35 PM
Blowing-Up Images24/04/2007 - 11:16 PM
Neutral Density Filters help09/01/2007 - 11:02 PM
Image Problem01/09/2006 - 8:35 PM
Vulcan To The Sky Appeal23/08/2006 - 1:40 PM
Searching For a Decent Developer...06/03/2006 - 11:19 PM
How Far Do You Go?06/03/2006 - 4:13 PM
Filters22/04/2005 - 7:34 AM
Filter Storage20/04/2005 - 3:35 PM
Equipment reviews29/03/2005 - 12:22 PM
Careful where you shoot!29/03/2005 - 6:43 AM
ND Grad strengths29/03/2005 - 3:09 AM

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